Jon Turner at UVM on 3/13/14

For those of you who may have missed Jon Turner when he joined us last year with a reading, please make sure to catch him this week at UVM. Story here:

Iraq War Veteran Turned Poet Highlights 5th Annual Diversity Initiative Conference

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Related:

Jon Turner in PoemCity 2013 CLICK HERE

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Transformations: Jon Turner Returns to Montpelier

This Friday, April 26th, peace activist and poet Jon Turner, returns to Montpelier for a poetry reading from his ongoing journal, Voicing Place/Placing Voice and his new collection Death Bed.  The reading will take place at 7 PM at the new Storefront Gallery located at 6 Barre Street.

Many of you may know Jon from his poetry and artwork that he produced in response to his experiences during his three tours of duty as an infantryman.  He continues to add to his journal Voicing Place/Placing Voice, but the focus of the poems has shifted toward the natural world. Jon describes this transformation.

 My will to heal led my poetry through darkened corner and hallway, helping to emerge in a place more light hearted where I could hear the true voice within me. However, nature itself has a voice I believe to be seldom heard due to distraction and misunderstanding.   My time outside throughout different parts of the country and my desire to know these places on a personal level, inspired a new thought and feeling that I believe could only be from the voice of the land or perhaps my own tongue through the lingering wisdom within these soils.   Continue reading