Sher Christian includes the senses in her poems
“The loveliness of you has been sculpted with light and dark, every shadow star kissed by divine design…,” “My hibiscus blossomed the day you arrived from Colorado. A single, crimson flower opened, the first time in three years” and “Let’s revel in a sensual swim, swirl in fragrance of spring-kissed cheeks, jasmine blossoms, love-tumbled sheets, baked-golden grass in summer rain.”
Those passages are from “Star Kissed Shadows, Divining Poetry,” Sher Lianne Christian’s first book, released a few weeks ago.
With honey-sweet images depicted by those words, it’s a correct assumption that Christian is a fan of romance books.
And while the Cedar Ridge author admits somewhat sheepishly that she still reads romance books (as well as books on poetry, spiritual growth and self-help), her own poems are more introspective.
“I write about feelings, about facing your fears and trusting yourself. It’s very sensual but in a sense of being present in the world to the five senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste), being engaged in the world,” Christian said Monday. “It’s very real, not lofty ” each of us knowing we have magnificence inside ourselves and loving
After teaching elementary school for several years in California and Hawaii, Christian became serious about writing poems.
She now teaches creative writing and poetry classes privately, for the Sierra College Emeritus Program and for Sierra College Community Education.
“It’s been a process for me to step through fears (fears of being vulnerable, fear of being perceived wrong). These are the deepest feelings of my psyche,” Christian said. “I had a gentleman who wrote poems about his feelings, and he said he never shared his poetry with even his wife. When he heard me read my poem, he seemed really relieved that someone else had those same feelings.”
Christian will present a reading/book signing for “Star Kissed Shadows, Divining Poetry” Sunday in Nevada City. Her husband, John Christian, will accompany her on keyboard and accordion.
Copies of the book are at Serendipity in Grass Valley or by calling Christian at 277-0147.
KNOW & GO
WHAT: Poetry reading and book signing for Sher Lianne Christian’s “Star Kissed Shadows, Divining Poetry”
WHEN: Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: China Studies, 721 Zion St., next to SPD Market in Nevada City
ADMISSION: Free. Refreshments will be served.
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