Poems and Spoken Word

Patti Trimble lives in California and Italy. Her poems are widely published with awards from Adirondack Review, Atlanta International Poetry Contest, Djerassi Residency, Poets&Writers, Lannan Foundation, and a Pushcart nomination. She performs lyric poetry—often with music— in the U.S. and Europe and teaches writing workshops in the SF Bay Area.

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2020. . . sheltering in my home, garden, and studio—taking time to slow down and write and paint mostly alone, seems increasingly an absurd performance an intelligent, intuitive response, and act of care for Earth; as engagement. Mostly painting but on this page, previously recorded poems and talks. 

Recording: Ned Says was written for “You’re Going to Die” Ned Buskirk’s SF performance series. This poem is actually about life. Patti Trimble spoken word and Peter Whitehead on homemade fiddle. from CD: In the Middle of the Night of the Road of My Life I Found Myself in a Tangled Wood; out of round records. link here

Recording: Hello Heaven! Poems from Arabic Sicily (ca. 840-1100) with Patti Trimble, and Tunisian musicians Ramzi Harrabi, Abdel Kabir Ghazout. link here

On Richard Pousette-Dart: Video from the Whitney Museum; short panel talk with excerpts from an in-progress memoir. link here (click time-line at 1:32)

Recording: The Penelope Poems Spoken text and music: Penelope retells the Odyssey in literary collage. Text by Patti Trimble with other words from J. Joyce, Homer, Ovid, Hesiod, J. Butler, V. Woolf, L. Cohen, and others. Performed by P Trimble, composer/performer Peter Whitehead, vocalist Julia Norton, and poet Maya Khosla and recorded at The SF Commonwealth Club  link here