What would the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival be without a wandering poet sharing verse with festive festival goers in the woods of northwestern New Jersey?
Edmund Charles Baranowski, aka TheWanderingPoet has spent the past few years coupling poems with performance.
At the Dodge festival in 2002, he stood up at an open reading and just couldn't get the poem out through his locked voice.
The Wandering Poet discusses verse with Dawn Nordstrom
Later that day, he comandeered an open mic and said to himself he would overcome the blockade between his poetry and speaking it. It worked.
Several hours later, he was asked to relinquish the mic because the festival had been over for an hour.
Baranowski has been touring Rennaissance festivals and poetry festivals. Quite a few poets at the Dodge festival were stopped in their tracks and treated to a poem by the Wandering Poet.
The Wandering Poet with his staff
True to form, The Wandering Poet - who, by the way, has a degre in literature from Rutgers University - prints his own poetry collections - each with 13 poems. He says he adopted the number 13 because everyone else shunned it. He says his mom helps him tie the pages together with yarn.
In addition to treating you to a live spontaneous reading of his poetry, The Wandering Poet carries in a rucksack bound copies of his verse for your reading pleasure at your leisure.
Two of his hand-made books include A PEASANT'S PORTFOLIO and A BAKER'S DOZEN.
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