Conceived of by artist Richard Jochum, Blanket Stories aims to spread peace, cooperation and appreciation for art and poetry.
The Blanket Story
Five siblings inherit a blanket. They lie beneath it, together, to stay warm. But inevitably body parts stick out and they squabble and tug. They do not realize that they would all fit if they just moved closer together.
I submitted a poem in response to The Blanket Story, and it was accepted for the anthology.
If Only by Roslyn Tanner Evans
If only I were alone,
If only I had the bed to myself,
If only just one night,
If only, if only
If only I were comfortable,
If only I were covered,
If only I were warm,
If only, If only
If only my sisters hadn’t heard me,
If only my brothers hadn’t left,
If only I were not alone,
If only, If only.
If only they came back,
If only I said I was sorry,
If only we slept closer,
If only, If only.
Blanket Stories Mission:
“Blanket Stories will demonstrate how, through collaboration, the significance of a parable can be artistically reiterated in an infinite number of ways. The parable is one of the earliest means of education and has been used by many if not all cultures throughout human history. Today it is still used for moral enlightenment—and so is art. By exposing a simple, narrated tale to poets and artists, and inviting them to interpret it creatively, we refract the message through multiple lenses. And, like any truly collaborative project, Blanket Stories will take on a life of its own, with its contributors bringing it in new directions.”
April is Poetry Month
How fitting that our poems and artwork was just published by Ragged Sky Press and is posted in the ONLINE SHOWCASE. Beginning Sat. April 26th, individual poems will be highlighted on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/the blanketstoriesproject.Will have a post on my facebook page when my poem is featured.
I, along with other poets and performers will be reading on June 6th, 2014 in NYC at a LAUNCH EVENT. I look forward to sharing this honor with friends and family and of course, I will be wearing a new necklace.