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Audrey Howitt and The Poetry of Supernal Light: Monday's Inspiration 7

Updated on May 1, 2017
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

“I shall look at everybody’s mind
The way I look at flowers.
I shall paint everybody’s face
The way I paint the dawn.
I shall always blossom
In the firmament of light
Like the sun.” –Sri Chinmoy

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Audrey Howitt
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The work of Audrey Howitt most certainly deserves these beautifully penned lines above by a 21st century visionary-Seer. She reminds me of the 'wow' effect experienced by so many of us at Open Mic Poetry, in poetry circles all over London and the United States. We say that the poetry is not really deep, profound, unless one gets the “wow!”, the clicking of fingers or the stunned silence, very much like how I felt at the end of Crouching Tiger; Hidden Dragon, a decade or so ago.

While I will make an attempt to describe her work – because I must – Audrey’s poetry is immeasurable. She writes with clarity, vision … and is a master at summarising the short pieces. Her moods are many and varied, expressing the exquisite, the brilliant, the artistic masterpiece, or simply sublime, heavenly, aesthetic, lofty …

Here is a recent piece of superb artistry from her work:

“beauty comes in silence

fashions her garments

from tree tendrils

wraps fingers through

leaves

pushes her marrow

through each vein.” –Audrey Hewitt. (The Sound of Stillness, # 16, for National Poetry Month, 2017)

Poetic Words by Robert Frost

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Perhaps John Hansen expresses this mood best when he says:

“Audrey is an accomplished poet with a unique ability to say so much and incorporate an incredible amount of imagery in so few words.” -John Hansen.”

Billybuc, the very popular and loving writer from Hub Pages, also expresses similar sentiments, saying:

“What I appreciate most about Audrey's poetry is her ability to wring the most out of so few words, and her ability to create dazzling images of practically mundane everyday things...that, my friend, is talent.” –Bill Holland.

Sri Chinmoy teaches that there are three kinds of poets: The ordinary poet; the great poet and the Seer poet. While I don’t know if Audrey uses the mystical longing; the pull from the ether that the Seer does; the Heart’s hunger for the divine, her poetry is nevertheless captivating, enthralling and full of Light. What is Light?

“When I say Light, I am speaking about illumination. This illumination will first take place in the realm of the God-manifesting soul. Next it will take place in the aspiring heart, then in the searching mind, then in the dynamic vital and, finally, in the wakeful body.” –Sri Chinmoy.

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From Audrey's A Hearth Run Red

Light illumines, elevates, inspires, awakens, reaches the Heart … and Audrey’s poetry is so full of this. In her varying moods, she can also pull the darkness, like the flame of a candle, with an epitome of pure genius: Consider these eloquent pieces:

"bird arcs overhead

touches god

ties breath to your hand." _Audrey Howitt

Or her ability to capture life:


“pilloried thought of deceit

ears pinned back

a mark of the betrayed

a hearth run red with lies

now white-washed by the spider

working industriously in your web

you weave them out of silk

a softness against my skin.”-Audrey Howitt (A Hearth Run Red, for National Poetry Month, 2013)


Ruby Jean Fuller, a versatile and witty poetess herself, describes Audrey's poetry thus:

“Audrey is a poet who shares her heart, you must look deep to get the meaning, and when you do, you always smile at her cleverness.”-Ruby Fuller.

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A Brief summary of Audrey's work

Poetess, classical singer and voice teacher, Audrey is also a recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist, specializing in performance anxiety issues. She describes herself as having had a varied career. This includes her love for poetry writing on Hub Pages, in addition to being a trained opera singer, who maintains a private voice studio in Alameda.

She sings classical music, teaches voice in the San Francisco bay area and is an associated voice teacher with several award winning choirs including Piedmont East Bay Children's Choirs under the baton of maestro Robert Geary, the Young Women’s Choral Project of San Francisco under the direction of acclaimed director, Dr Susan McMane, the Head Royce School, Brandon Brack and Valerie Sainte-Agathe.

Audrey has sung with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under the direction of both Vance George and Ragnar Bohlin. In addition, she has also sung with the San Francisco Chamber Singers (now Volti) under the direction of Robert Geary and has appeared in opera and musical theatre roles, covering both the mezzo-soprano and the soprano repertoire.

Audrey Howitt holds a master’s degree in music from Holy Names University and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Audrey's start to poetry seems to be expressed best in her own words:

“About 2 years ago, I started carrying a notebook with me to write in between students. I had thought to work on a longer work--a short story or novella. But poetry was what started coming out. When I write, I hear the music of the words and how they fit together. And for this, I have to thank all of the long dead composers whose works continue to speak to me.” –Audrey Howitt.

(Paraphrased from her profile)


Please check out her poetry and legal blog:

http://audreyhowittpoetry.blogspot.com/

http://lawfortherestofus.blogspot.com/

Finally, I’ll let the great and good poetess Nellieanna, sum up Audrey’s work:

“Audrey’s poetry is so personal, I feel that I’ve known the woman from reading a sampling of this amazing, versatile poet. Now practical, now philosophical; now romantic, now realistic; now musical, now prosaic; now urgent, now languorous; now whimsical, now serous. Her modes are unbounded.

Audrey is above and beyond the ordinary poet/writer. Her resources of knowledge and experience infuse her poetry with wisdom and pleasure at the same moments. Add to it her wonderful ways with words and imagery, and she and her poetry shine like a gem.” -Nellieanna

The sweetness of the inner and outer child
The sweetness of the inner and outer child | Source
Roses: The Light of poetry; the beauty of Love.
Roses: The Light of poetry; the beauty of Love. | Source

The Joy of Poetry by Manatita. An offering to Audrey Howitt.


She entered into my Heart sweetly,

And played the violin.

Her soft soothing melody,

Knocked on the door of its longing,

Unravelling the tangled chords,

As I danced in the Joy of her delight.

Ah! Such charming eloquence!

Such rhythmic tempo!

Her immaculate delivery, like the new-born,

Caressed the womb of my struggles.


I was ecstatic, filled with laughter …

Screamed with exultation!

The charmed nuances; her intonations of voice,

Penetrated the attentive stillness.

We rose and cheered as one,

Enraptured by the mellifluous tones,

Delivered with such skill and oratory.

O poetry, you rose from the heights of opulence,

Ascended into the ambience, like music,

Removing my vale of sorrows,

And teasing my core… with thy Love.


Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted 15th April, 2017.

Awakening The Inner Light

Poetry of Hafiz

Extracts from #14, Audrey Howitt's poem for National Poetry Month

This poem of Audrey is so awesome, that I felt it necessary to include extracts. You may wish to read the entire piece:

Distances

"distances were measured first by feet.

i knew the number of steps to your door

counted them in sleep

paused them

pushed them into reverse ..." Audrey Howitt.

Disclamer.t it's worth noting that all, except otherwise mentioned, are the works of Audrey Howitt and copyrighted. This Hub is purely to honour her beauty and artistic genius of the written word. No portion should be taken without the authors consent.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      Yes, my Dear.

      I hear the music of the words too. They come to me even in sleep! Thank you so much, Shauna.

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 months ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful tribute to Audrey and all she is. I find it very interesting how she came to write poetry and that she hears the music of the words. Very cool!

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Thank you Dee.

      Not enough time, eh? Reading too many books? Or domestic matters? Thank you so much!!

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      Dora Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

      Regretfully, I did not get to submit my testimonial of what Audrey's work does for me, so I'll make my contribution now.

      I consider Audrey to be a poet in the truest sense. Her brief poetic compositions say more than most writers could in ten times the number of words she uses; they touch the inner most soul and awaken us to revelations about ourselves and our world. Audrey and her poems are exceptional!

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Thank you Gypsy.

      I won't say this to many, but I feel that you won't be offended. The only reason that I did not ask a quote from you, is because you slipped completely out of my mind.

      Know that you're right up there with the few that I chose. I send you the blessings of Spring on this new and fresh London afternoon. Loving thoughts.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A fantastic tribute to Audrey and most inspirational.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Hi Audrey. You came! I was a bit worried that I used your poems. Know that they are important to you. Still, You truly deserve to be honoured and indeed much of your work are inspired works.

      Thank you so much!!

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      Audrey Howitt 7 months ago from California

      I am so humbled and honored my friend--words evade me--thank you!

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Thank you, Linda.

      So glad that you like it. Peace this Easter Monday to you and loved ones.

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      Linda Crampton 7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely tribute to Audrey and her wonderful poetry, Manatita. Thank you for creating it.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Ruby,

      You look as charming as ever. Must be love, eh? Happy Easter Monday. Loving thoughts.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Manitita, your tribute to Audrey is beautiful and perfectly highlights her type of poetry. I am always happy to see that she has penned another soul searching poem. Sometimes I must look up a word, when I do and see the connection, I am amazed. Thank you much. Love to you both..

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Debangee,

      Thank you so much!! Write a great poem also.

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 7 months ago from India

      Exquisite writing.. a fantastic tribute to Audrey, that she rightfully deserves.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Nellieanna, O Poetess,

      Always so on the ball with your wonderful, charming and knowledgeable comments. I commend you highly, O poetess. Appreciated.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 months ago from TEXAS

      Dear Manatita,

      Your beautiful tribute is so perfect for Audrey's amazing work and life. As one poet to another - and another - , we know so well that the liveliness of the work is what makes it sing and vibrate when written and then keeps it continuing to hum and keep the beat indefinitely!

      Her work is so well worth reading again and again to 'tune in' each time! I'm eager to do so!

      Thanks for this, Manatita.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Hi my Friend Venkatachariji,

      You thoughts are usually expressed in such a lucid and sincere way. I thank you, once again. Happy Easter Day.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A beautiful, worthy tribute to Audrey Howitt. She is such a great personality in so many divergent fields. I enjoy her poetry very much.

      You have done a worthy job, Manatita, by bringing out all these noble qualities of her life to the public.

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Thank you so much, my Friend.

      So happy that you liked it. I suppose you need some Love down under, right? I hear that you're 'troubled.' Sorry, Bro. Laugh at yourself; your weaknesses; your mistakes. Laugh like me. In a profound sense, Love is the only Reality. Everything else can be taken lightly.

      Billybuc,

      Thank you both for your additional contributions. Highly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful tribute. Audrey is a unique talent...her rhythm, her imagery, and her voice make her stand out among poets today..in my humble opinion. She is a quality human being and a superb craftswoman of words. Love to you both!

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      John Hansen 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a wonderful tribute to Audrey and her worthy poetry. Well done Manatita.