Tess Bird, feminist poet, spoke at Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

On June 25, 2008, our own UConn Women’s Studies grad, Tess Bird, read several of her poems at the Hillstead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. She was one of the winners in the Connecticut Poetry Circuit competition. Her feminist strength came through in all the poems but I especially liked her last poem where she speaks of her final letter to someone who had been the recipient of many letters from her but had not responded.

She performed with wonderful drama — punctuating her words with a little movement and beautiful intonation. I’d love to hear more!

There were 4 other winners who read as well. Following the Circuit, Coleman Barks read from his translations of Rumi accompanied by electronic cello.

There are a few more of these wonderful evenings of poetry left this summer– check the link above.

The garden was designed by Beatrix Farrand and the house architect was Theodate Pope Riddle.  To visit other places in Connecticut which feature many amazing women, follow the Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail.

Bravo, Tess!


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