By RHEA-FRANCES TETLEY
Another Pop-up Poetry event was held on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Designed by Faith in Crestline by Candace Pearson, who is trying to connect residents with family and others through poetry. This free poetry event was similar to the one held in the fall, where folks come, Pearson speaks with them for a while and then creates a poem for them to take home with them. Saturday the 8th was special as local author and playwright Joan Johnson also was there, writing poetry and haikus for all those who came in for several hours.
During Pop-up Poetry, Pearson brings with her several manual, portable typewriters to give a more classical look, feel and appearance to the poems. Last summer, when she did her first Pop-up Poetry opportunity in Crestline, a family with children came by and the kids were fascinated with the typewriter with no electrical connection, no Internet connection and the unique mechanical feel of the keys. They were amazed at the strength needed to push on the keys to get the metal key to strike the paper.
Some of those who came to this special Pop-up Poetry event were seeking poems for the upcoming Valentine’s Day, for children, spouses and lovers. After the poems were created, the paper was cut, decorated with stickers and placed in small red envelopes, which made them very special and ready to be delivered to the special person.
Pearson wrote three poems for Crestline resident Tammy Misenheimer. She was very happy with the haikus she received, saying, “Always charmed to see what’s in store there. The small red envelopes Candace used are so simple and yet unique. My daughters are going to love this.”
Pearson is a professional writer who moved to Crestline just over a year ago, seeking tranquility, as she continues to work in the Los Angeles area. She is a writer, editor, communicator and a strong believer that the power of language connects people in a positive way. She has jumped both feet into the community and is supporting it in numerous ways. She has donated her writing skills for the Crestline Magazine, writing articles on numerous topics and is again actively working on stories for the upcoming spring edition. She has been donating her time and energy for chamber activities and, despite her short tenure in town, is already becoming known as an involved community member. She was also the Executive Elf during some of Santa’s visits to town in December.
Vicki Vargas, who owns Designed by Faith, was grateful Pearson decided to do her Pop-up Poetry at her shop and said, “Hats off to Candace Pearson for providing all the typewriters and such beautiful stationary for this harmonious event today. For those who came, thank you for your support and may you feel inspired!”