Rosalind Brenner, Artist and Poet was featured on The Nice Niche in January 2013 ... http://theniceniche.com/rosalind-brenner-artist-poe
What themes do you pursue?
In poetry I often pursue the themes of time, aging, love, loss and beauty. My latest published book, "Omega's Garden," is for the most part a book about being a woman--in love and in and out of relationships. It contains poems about infidelity and redemption and moving on. The book was chosen to be published by Finishing Line Press as a winner of their New Women's Voices contest.
My paintings are expressions of exuberance, energy and color. They often arise from my experience of travels or some incident in my own life or in the world. They seem to emerge on the support as I apply layers of words, color or shapes in which I begin to find figures and landscapes. I then enhance these images and my paintings become montage, depicting place, mood and fantasy co-mingled.
What are you currently working on?
Since I am always working I guess the answer to what I am currently working on is-- a lot!
I am revising a third poetry manuscript, this one mostly relating to family and motherhood. I am always working on a painting or collage, currently experimenting with oil paint and Dorland's Wax. It's play for me.
What are some tips for giving a successful poetry reading?
A good poetry reading requires two most important components: One is good poetry, of course, and the second is a strong, confident presentation. That means speak up, look at your audience, engage them with your voice and your words, enunciate and speak slowly. Pause between poems to allow your audience to appreciate and digest the poems. I always ask my audience to hold their applause until the end. I also take questions and comments.
In fact, for me art is somehow nourished by the viewer. If an observer can walk into my paintings and collage and find something that moves him or her, this completes the work. If a listener or reader finds in my poem something that resonates for him or her, this brings the poem to life.
For more of Rosalind's work: rosalindbrenner.com