“Wild” Featured Artist Diane Funston

Please join us in welcoming back poet Diane Funston. Diane’s poetry has been featured in our “Ritual,” Empowered” and “Intersections” issues. In “Wild” we feature two poems.  “Repast” is a delightful whimsical romp, imagining the meal that Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman shared back in 1882. Diane places a cheeseburger in Walt’s hand, “super-sized, like Walt himself condensed onto paper greasy with love” and yogurt with cherries in Oscar’s. He “licks the red velvet cherries first.” The other poem is “Ice Bear,” which describes a mother polar bear watching over her sleeping cub, the “most ferocious of bears still in a lullaby of snow.” We see wildness alert but at rest, a moment of wonder and awe. The poems are beautifully simple–often one of the hardest things to achieve–and musical.

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Diane Funston writes poetry of nature and human nature. She co-founded a women’s poetry salon in San Diego, created a weekly poetry gathering in the high desert town of Tehachapi, CA and most recently has been the Yuba-Sutter Arts and Culture Poet-in-Residence for the past two years. It is in this role she created Poetry Square, a monthly online venue that features poets from all over the world reading their work and discussing creative process. Diane has been published in Synkroniciti, California Quarterly, Whirlwind, San Diego Poetry Annual, Summation, and quite a few other literary journals. Her first chapbook, “Over the Falls” was published this July 2022 from Foothills Publishing.

Diane is also a visual artist in mosaic, wool felting, and collage. Her pieces have been in galleries in the Sacramento Valley.

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