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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. Her poems, performances, paintings, lectures, and essays are recorded outcomes of listening, practice, engagement, collaboration. Patti offers writing workshops through Point Reyes Field Institute and Bay Area OLLI programs.
2020. . . sheltering in my home, garden, and studio—taking time to slow down and let expansiveness come in repeated relationship, attention. This art practice while I’m having to work mostly alone is always mysterious, and it seems increasingly an absurd performance, an intuitive and worldless response to the world. It feels if I’ve traveled through any critique of absurdity into an act of care for Earth, which can only be a practice of my engagement with nearby living beings. The paintings on this site are new. Below are some offerings from my archives and disrupted current work:
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 tells the Odyssey, a literary collage. Text by Patti Trimble with 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. This recording is from The SF Commonwealth Club 2019 link here
Current Sheltering- in paintings: go to “2020 Paintings”