Author James Hilgendorf at Teance Tea House

Author James Hilgendorf at Teance Tea House

Press Release (ePRNews.com) - EL CERRITO, Calif. - Apr 17, 2017 - James Hilgendorf, filmmaker, poet, and author of “A New Myth for America” and other books, was the featured poet this past week at Teance Tea House in Berkeley, California.

Teance is rated one of the Top Ten Tea Tasting Rooms in the world by National Geographic magazine, and the best Teahouse on the West Coast by Sunset magazine.

Hilgendorf read several poems and poetic prose pieces from his books, one of which was “Hurricane”.

HURRICANE

A hurricane bears down once again.

Enormous swaths of water spume and spiral over the waters and the landscape.

The gods are angry once again.

Yes, there are gods.  A hurricane is a god.  Crows clustering in bare trees are diviners and gods.  The sun and moon are gods.

They are all an extension of ourselves, and move in silent paths through time and space and the universe to give expression to the fullness or contraction of a person’s mind and heart.

There is anger brooding over America.  There is a tide of buried hatred, furious at anything beyond the boundary of one’s own prejudices and likes and dislikes, what one thinks of as a proper world, a decent world, among allies and friends.

And as our minds disintegrate, denying admittance to the billions outside our own comfortable spheres, the winds howl, the ocean churns, the sun blisters the drought-stricken land, even weeds struggle to move and breathe, and the birds and animals hide to escape retribution from the skies.

As our hearts regress, and our minds build impenetrable walls, nature – our mirror – lashes out with reflected anger and hatred, the pole caps melt and send tides of flooding waters toward land.  The oceans belch sargasso seas of plastic bottles, regurgitating foul, deadly dreams.

It is all ourselves.  It is a pettiness and a denial of the self.  It is the past, hung onto and strangling our own better dreams.

Hurricanes, and winds and rain, and fear penetrating the coasts.

It is all within the human heart.

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This year and next, the author is traveling to towns and cities all across America, meeting people and giving talks and readings, under the banner of “Traveling to a New America”.  To arrange talks or interviews, contact the author.

The Facebook Page for “Traveling to a New America” can be found at:

http://www.facebook.com/NewDreamOfAmerica

James Hilgendorf’s website is at: http://www.jameshilgendorf.org

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