In case you missed the big news, my friend, the staggeringly talented Julia Fehrenbacher is publishing her first book of original poetry and art. It’s called On The Other Side of Fear, and it’s absolutely beautiful. The poetry is honest, searching and inspiring. In it, Julia speaks of fear and power, hesitance and flight, creativity and, of course, love. Her art is vivid and whimsical (and it’s quite possible I will eventually cover all the walls of my house with it).
I asked Julia if I could interview her about her poetry and her art, and she said yes. (Yay!) Our subsequent email exchange went beyond questions of creativity, and into questions of faith, fearlessness and love. I’ll publish that interview next week, and… we’ll give away a book!
In the meantime, here’s a sample of why I’m so damn excited to share her with you. I love this poem; it crawls inside me every time I read it. I chose this poem and this particular painting because they both remind me that the world is made of poetry… I have only to open my eyes, and notice.
The Poetry Of It All
The way the Light kisses
the snowberry as if for the last time
the way the dew drop holds on for dear life
before it lets go
the two winged ones share
the same fragile branch
makes me want to live better
Makes me want to, for all the rest of my days
bow and weep and sing
and promise to stay forever
to the undeniable poetry
of it all