Traci Hukill

Staff Writer

Dance Week in Santa Cruz

Poetry in motion during Dance Week 2011, captured by Adam Freidin.

National Dance Week kicks off (pardon the pun) in Santa Cruz Thursday, April 19, at 5:30pm right outside Santa Cruz Weekly’s doors—lucky us!—with performances in front of the Civic, City Hall and the Church Street Library. And what do the organizational wizards at Dance Week Santa Cruz have in store for the dance fans of Santa Cruz?

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National Poetry Month Ramps Up

David Swanger, Santa Cruz County's 2012-13 Poet Laureate

T.S. ELIOT’s The Waste Land opens with this: “April is the cruelest month, breeding/  Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring rain.”  Had the great modernist complained of September, National Poetry Month might have been lost amid county fairs and the first weeks of school.

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Adrienne Rich, 1929–2012

Adrienne Rich (photo by Lilian Kemp)

She wasn’t the most visible poet in Santa Cruz by any means, but Adrienne Rich was certainly its greatest. The winner of a National Book Award, MacArthur “genius” grant, two Guggenheims and numerous other distinctions died in her Santa Cruz home on Tuesday, March 27 from complications related to rheumatoid arthritis.

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