“On Sunday, another literary event is transplanted to our shores – specifically, Big Sur’s Henry Miller Library – by way of the U.K. This one celebrates the 11th book of English-born painter and poet Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, a fixture on the Big Sur arts scene since 1980.
Her 223-page hardcover book, Psyche of Mirrors: A Promenade of Portraits, serves as a 25-year retrospective of her work. The poems, essays and journal entries are culled mostly from the 2000s, and the book is illustrated with her symbolic, mystical, expressionistic paintings.
There are passages of lusty commiseration with the ocean and moon, invocation of spirits and muses, and conjurings of love and the Creative Spirit, filed under chapters named “Orphic Lovers” and “Quintessential Creators.”
Love, says Kleefeld, is her highest calling: “The love poems are from that exalted place, but deeply connected to the Earth,” she says. “The most ideal love is a Platonic love that pours from the universe into all things.”
Musician Martin Shears will accompany Kleefeld’s reading. And she brings her Welsh “poet brother” and professor Peter Thabit Jones to read from his book Poems from a Cabin on Big Sur.”