On October 26, the dictionary project held our second the dictionary project presents reading featuring Tucson writers writing to the word: re·ta·ble. It was a truly magical, inspired and inspiring evening, hosted at Casa Libre. We constructed an altar in honor of the word, and the readers offerings were poignant, funny, smart, and beautiful. It seems appropriate in this time of harvest and of giving thanks to offer these readings to those of you who could not be with us in person on that evening. Please enjoy these offerings of words and ideas as you consider what people, talismans, gifts are on your own retable.
re·ta·ble (ˈrē-ˌtā-bəl) n. [Fr., contr. < *reretable; rere (see REAR) + table (see TABLE)], a raised shelf of ledge above an altar for holding altar lights, flowers, etc.
A million thanks go to Casa Libre Assistant Director Tc Tolbert for recording and uploading these readings so that we can continue to enjoy them.
prac·ti·cal (ˈpraktikəl), adj. [obs. Fr. practique, pratique < LL. practicus (see PRACTICE) ; + —al], 1. of, exhibited in, or obtained through practice or action: as, practical knowledge: opposed ot theoretical, speculative, ideal. 2. that can be used; workable; useful: as, practical proposals. 3. designed for use; utilitarian: as, a practical dress. 4. concerned with the application of knowledge to useful ends, as distinguished from speculation, etc.: as, practical science, a practical mind. 5. given to or experienced from actual practice: as, a practical farmer. 6. of, concerned with, or dealing efficiently with everyday activities, work, etc. 7. that is so in practice, whether or not in theory, intention, law, etc.; virtual. 8. matter-of-fact.
National Poetry Month is drawing to a close, but we still have a few poems from dictionary project contributors. Enjoy today’s feature, a poem by Kristi Maxwell:
Kristi Maxwell thinks and writes in Tucson, where she also teaches creative writing, literature, and composition around town and serves on the board of POG, a non-profit literary arts organization. Her books include Re– (Ahsahta Press, 2011), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books, 2009), and Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta, 2008).