Cynthia Barnes Johnson to Read Her “Piercingly True” Poems

Cynthia Barnes Johnson is the featured poet for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Nov.13 at 7 pm.

A poet since childhood, Johnson has written hundreds of poems and is enjoying the challenge of deciding which poems to read on Nov. 13. She is revisiting all of her poems, looking for “the zing we suddenly feel when encountering something that feels piercingly true.” She explains, “This is a phrase I’ve been thinking about in terms of how to discern truth for ourselves in the multiplicity of sources we encounter in the living of our lives.”

A retired Unitarian Universalist minister and a Baileys Harbor resident since 2000, Johnson has published two books: A Theophany, Please (1995) and The Way Crows Really Fly (2004). Her poetry has also been published in Beyond Absence: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations, and Readings on Death and Remembrance and The Light Beyond.

Johnson invited Jane Sommers, pastor of United Methodist congregations in Egg Harbor and Baileys Harbor, to provide a musical perspective to the evening.

On the second Wednesday of every month the Dickinson Poetry Series features a local or regional poet followed by an open mic and reception. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 10341 Highway 42 in north Ephraim. For more information call 920.854.7559.