WATSONVILLE Magdalena Montagne believes that poets seek the truth in life, and with this search, they also speak the truth through their writing, she said.
"Nobody has all the answers, but it is important to keep asking questions about this experience of being alive at this time," she said.
Montagne will read at the Watsonville Public Library on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. for Poets' Circle, a monthly series that she is also the producer of.
While she is not sure how to describe her writing style, Montagne does have common themes within her work. Nature plays a large role, with lots of imagery to be had in trees, flowers, ocean and more, she said.
"I am very much influenced by the landscape, so the hills here in Watsonville figure into quite a few of my poems," she said.
Relationships show up often too, as "I am trying to figure out how people relate to each other," Montagne said.
Growing up in a dysfunctional family, Montagne found that she needed an avenue to make sense of her situation and "express myself in a way that felt safe." At 11 years old, she began writing poetry, and never looked back.
Montagne has had her work appear in several literary journals, including this years edition of the Porter Gulch Review, 1000 Parades: CA Poets in the Schools Statewide Anthology, and the Manzanita Quarterly.
Her lifelong journey with poetry has also seen her help others with their writing. Along with other reading series at libraries in Santa Cruz, Montagne hosts a variety of writing workshops throughout the year, which can be found on her website, www.poetrycircle-magdalena.com.
Among her many poet influences, which include Pablo Neruda, Mary Oliver and others, Montagne said she is currently inspired the most by those that she works with during the workshops and the poetry readings.
Poets' Circle is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc., through a grant it has received from the James Irvine Foundation, and is also sponsored by the Friends of the Watsonville Public Library.
The readings are free to the public, and feature an open mic portion for poets and musicians. Bilingual poets are encouraged to attend as well, Montagne said.
Community Poetry Circle, a new program, will be held at the Watsonville Library on July 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. No experience is necessary.
"I'm hoping that the community will support this event and that people who are interested in writing, maybe those new to the craft, will come on out and write a poem," Montagne said.
Montagne will read Thursday at the Watsonville Library, 275 Main St., Suite 100, from 6-8 p.m. For information, visit www.watsonvillelibrary.org.
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