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Nine Santa Cruz authors participated in The Love Letters Project on Saturday, February 11th, held at The Musuem of Art and History (MAH), Bookshop Santa Cruz, and Felix Kulpa Gallery. Each writer was asked to contribute a poem or letter they had written for someone or something they love. The poems and letters written by Stephanie Golino at The Love Letters Project follow her contribution.

To The Mason Street Farm Board

Where I once stood and spoke of weather and the waning price grain,
I now give the daily love report.
You shuffle, nod cloud-ward, then warn of one basket, eggs,
and hopes securely cooped.

Neighbors, it’s solid as the almanac.
I have rows of proof, I have evidence
baled and stacked.
So give me a proper hearing at this fence.

For ninety-seven mornings in a row,
she has met the sunrise on its’ own terms,
and smiled at the cock’s rude crow.
She has met my un-caged relatives and found them tame.
She has met my thrice-told jokes, and found them laugh-worthy again
and again and again.

She has weathered but one season with me, yes.
But it did span a sudden global freeze, 
crop loss and worse, a embattled board election.
And still we slept each night like trees embraced,
inventing new enlacements
of trunk and limb, new grafts.

You, who plant by the phases of the moon,
can’t deny your faith in diviners.
There’s no accounting for them, no shred of proof.
Yet with two rods, they force all common sense aside.
It’s like that, Farm Board, simple as dowser pie.
She has led me to water and it’s a steady supply.

by Stephanie Golino

 

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Photograph by Marcia Quackenbush


Letters & Poems written by Stephanie for the Love Letters Project:


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Stephanie Golino had nothing whatever to say until she was 40 years old, at which time she became a playwright. Just like that. She has worked in Santa Cruz ever since as a writer, director, choreographer and teacher of the elements of theater. Her works blend word and music and include Duende Makes a House Call, a play with Flamenco, No Hiding Place Down Here, an adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the standpoint of the slave community, and Santa Cruz cult classic, The Lark In The Clear Air, an Irish wake. Other fresh and original plays have emerged from the collective writings of young actors working in Stephanie’s youth program “Creating Theater”. She is currently preparing to direct her adaptation Pinocchio and Carlo Collodi for West End Studio Theater’s spring event.

 

Winter 2012 Issue

Essays
Wallace Baine
Don Rothman
Karen Ackland

Poetry
Carolyn Burke
Farnaz Fatemi
Gary Young

Fiction
Clifford Henderson
Micah Perks
Paul Skenazy

Interview
Julia Chiapella

Love Letters Project
Wallace Baine
Lauren Crux
Stephanie Golino
Neal Hellman
Cheyenne Street Houck
Erin Johnson
Wincy Lui
Elizabeth McKenzie
Alyssa Young

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