Biography of Velene Campbell
Editor of Abalone Moon, a Journal of Poetry and the Arts. First volunteer coordinator for Heal The Bay in Santa Monica. A member of the five-woman artists' collective Mother Art (with a grant from the California Arts Council, we went into laundromats, strung up laundry line over the machines, hung up our artwork/poems, and did our laundry) . With good friend Steve Goldman, who first began poetry readings at the Venice Pavillion, the first multi-cultural reading series in Los Angeles was started when we moved the Pavilion series to SPARC at the Old Venice Jail. These readings later became known as the Old Venice Jail Reading Series.
Velene Campbell Poems
The rock was very old. It had lived in the river for many years, and its belly had become as smooth as that of the water that held it. It had traveled down the river, and had seen many things, had learned much. Each year it would go a certain length, and when winter came, it would become covered with darkness, and then would sleep. The ice would cover the river like a blanket, and the rock would feel at once like falling, like sleeping.
The Moon Does Not Regret Her Winter
The moon does not regret her winter, Or the torn strands of gray chiffon That cover her face tonight.
With Stone Wings
- - Written after visiting the San Gabriel Mission and Los Encinos Park. Los Encinos is the last Spanish rancho in California, and was passed down through the family until the 1980's, when the land then remaining was broken up into lots and sold. At the rancho there is the main house, a blacksmith's shed, and another two story structure which housed the workmen, and was used for storage. On the grounds there is also a cistern, and a small pond with geese and ducks which is fed by an underwater stream. Erica Wagner's poem 'An unbeliever at the tomb of Frau Langhans, Hindelbank, Switzerland' was also an influence. WITH STONE WINGS
And What Great Wall?
- Of everything I've experienced here, the most demanding, the most courageous challenge has been to stay centered in love in the face of violence and anger, of frustration and fear and sadness.' - Julia Butterfly Hill, environmental activist
And What Great Wall?
- Of everything I've experienced here, the most demanding, the most courageous challenge has been to stay centered in love in the face of violence and anger, of frustration and fear and sadness.'
- Julia Butterfly Hill, environmental activist
*Note: At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., there are 58,261 names listed on the Wall.