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A video poem by Erica Goss

Erica says, “My visit to Silver Falls State Park in the fall of 2019 coincided with my son learning Gregorian chant. I filmed him as he led a group of men in chant at a local church. The sound of the waterfall and the sound of chanting came together in my mind: both soothing and disturbing, impossible to ignore, not exactly music and not exactly speech. The waterfall is one of those rare ones where you can walk behind it – there’s a path cut into the hill, which you can see in the video, that takes you to where you can look through the falling water at the forest.”


Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, California from 2013-2016. Her poetry collection, Night Court, won the 2016 Lyrebird Prize from Glass Lyre Press and she is also the author of Wild Place, and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets. Erica’s work has been featured in numerous anthologies and journals, and recognised in several prizes, including the Zocalo Poetry Prize, which she won in 2019. She is the co-founder of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film camp for teen girls, and in 2018 founded Girls’ Voices Matter, an arts education program for teen girls. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches classes in poetry, memoir and video.

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