…Childhood may be our greatest opportunity. Louise Glück says, “We look at the world once, in childhood. / The rest is memory.” Childhood is our first impression of the world and of ourselves, and is widely regarded as the time in our lives we'll be the most creative, that we are free from “cans” and “can’ts”, when the most is possible. Wordsworth says, “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: / The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star … At length the Man perceives it die away, / And fade into the light of common day.”
Where does it go, for so many, this creativity, this belief in possibility? I’ll tell you a not-so-secret secret: nowhere. It never leaves…
Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein: So, the long-standing conversation is that poetry is music. Then there’s a lot of contention about how much that’s true, in which ways it’s true or not, the limitations of poetry that music doesn’t have, etc. Let's start there.
Nadine Sierra: I think that even with just the voice, which is a vocal instrument, it’s the most vocal that you can get (laughs), even if you’re not singing text, just speaking text, for some reason the voice gives words, sentences, stories, it gives it what music can give.
Hello, Santa Barbara! Alyssa here, your Founder and Artistic Director. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be home after 12 years in NYC and bringing this project to life.
In the past two months I’ve been hard at work finding our beautiful location at the Music Academy of the West, decorating, and preparing to share Wildwood with you. In fact, in the past week I’ve turned in final edits to my publisher for my second book of poetry — due out soon! — and here I am officially launching Wildwood, an idea that’s been evolving in me since I was a child.