“By Heart” World Premier

 

Island poet, teacher, and magician Thomas H. Pruiksma will premier his newest theatrical piece, “By Heart: The Poet’s Magic of Memory,” at 4:00p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Open Space for Arts and Community.

In this interactive performance, Pruiksma will combine poetry, magic, story, and song to explore how poets and poetry sing memory alive; join past, present, and future; and reveal the inner truths of our hearts. “This isn’t an ordinary magic show,” he explained. “Nor is it just a talk about poetry. It is instead a theatrical journey that uses words and illusion to make the invisible visible and the unsayable sayable. I want to share what I know about the inner experience of poetry and how it helps us remember who we are.”

In recent years, Pruiksma has been increasingly asked to perform and present workshops in libraries, schools, and museums. This show, however, presents a bit of a departure.

“This is magic for adults, because it’s about the real magic that can happen when we listen to our hearts,” he said. “Not that young people won’t be interested. Some will be, very much. But for a long time I’ve wanted to present something more elegant and more meaningful than what we usually associate with the word ‘magic.’ In fact, I hesitate to call myself a magician at all, because the word doesn’t really capture what I’m doing. I’m trying to make poetry out of personal experience, words that are spoken, chanted, or sung, and the old art of illusion and surprise.”

When asked what sort of surprises might be in store, Pruiksma replied, “I’ll say only this. There is a way that great poets can seem to read our minds. ‘How did he or she know that?’ we exclaim with wonder. I want to explore that kind of wonder.”

Sunday’s show will also feature opening poems from Vashon’s Poet Laureate, Ina Whitlock, and both of Vashon’s Junior Poet Laureates, Lily Robinthal and Zauxie Sackman.

Tickets are $10 in advance at the Vashon Bookshop or brownpapertickets.com, or $12 at the door.

Video by Meadow Lake Productions

Video by Meadow Lake Productions

Video by Meadow Lake Productions

Video by Meadow Lake Productions

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