Monday, May 14, 2018

Sydney Solis Hosts Poetry and Jazz in Kyoto June 24

ying yang lotus, Museum of Oriental ceramics, Osaka, Japan photo by Sydney Solis
Ying yang lotus, Museum of Oriental ceramics, Osaka, Japan
photo by Sydney Solis

I'm delighted to host the upcoming Poetry Reading and Jazz Improv with Writers in Kyoto on June 24 at the Gnome in Kyoto.

It will feature some of the top poets, jazz and shakuhachi in Kyoto. I need not say more, just get to the website for more info and come on out!  

Now back to work writing!

poems should come from bare ground night falling on night falling on a black landscape - Ikkyū
From Crow With No Mouth by Stephen Berg.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Two Poems by Sydney Solis in The Caribbean Writer Vol 31

Hot off the press! Second time I have poems published in The Caribbean Writer. This Vol. 31 features two more poems from my Novella in Poems, "Broken Venus."

It features, "Trickle Down Economics" and "Sorrow." Three other poems about St. Croix, U.S.V.I. are featured in Vol. 29.

I have steadily been getting poems from this novella published in various publications and live poetry performances. I have been submitting the manuscript around to different publishers.

There are two versions: one also a chapbook that includes photographs called Little Piece of Paradise. Going to get better at submitting regularly!

Be sure to check out my photography and artwork of St. Croix, U.S.V.I.  and more at Estudio Sol at Society6!

I do miss the lovely Caribbean! I visited a friend in Melbourne, Florida, recently, and just loved that S. Florida climate that reminds me of St. Croix! So love those sea grapes, coconut palms.....

Leaving Orlando soon. It's back to Japan for me shortly. I am a member of Writers in Kyoto and will be producing a poetry and improvisational jazz night in KYOTO. STAY TUNED! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Photo Collages and Poetry - Latest Published and to be Published!

I'm happy to say that four of my silver gelatin print photo collages were published in Depth Psychology Alliance's Depth Insight Journal.
Get a copy!

Also I received word that three of my poems will be published in The Caribbean Writer Anthology Vol. 31.

It's a very special edition, as it is in tribute to TCW editorial member and Nobel Laureate Derek A. Walcott who passed earlier this year. Sending love to my former home for nearly three years, the island of St. Croix, USVI, still recovering after the hurricanes.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mythic Yoga Journey: Three Poems by Sydney Solis Published In Moko

I have been writing a novel in verse with various poems strung together based on my time living on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The sights, sounds and people as well as intense beauty of nature was extremely healing for me on my Mythic Yoga Journey abroad I took beginning in 2010 when I left my hometown of Boulder, Colorado with my two young children.

My Buddhist name is Guyo - Brave Sun for a reason! Looking back I think, who would do such a thing? Well I'm glad I took a risk and followed my bliss!

Various fictionalized accounts have been getting published. These latest three in  the November 2016 issue of Moko, The Magazine of Caribbean Arts and Letters. 

The manuscript is finished, and I have a little Daruma doll I picked up in Japan to keep me focused on sending more poems out as well as the manuscript for publication!

Enjoy my latest three poems: Three Roosters, Frederiksted Pier and The End of the World. Definitely subscribe to Moko! A fabulous publication! 

The Mythic Yoga Journey Continues!

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mythic Yoga Journey to Japan - The Osaka Diaries

Amaterasu, the Japanese Sun Goddess.
Her myth has had personal meaning
for me, Solis, Latin for "of the sun."
As fate would have it, I am leaving for Osaka, Japan tomorrow. That's what happens when you follow your bliss, practice yoga, live in the now, battle your demons and trust in the silence. Trust in the mystery and listen deeply for instructions. So unexpectedly I find myself leaving on a jet plane.

That has been my Mythic Yoga practice for nearly two decades now. Delving into meditation and the depths where it takes you. I practice daily. That's where the magic comes in. When the veil of the ego is parted and the true self is revealed. What awareness and insight. What freedom and what gifts from the universe! These boons the Gods present. My partner is taking me to Japan because he has accepted a transfer with Universal Studios Creative.

Never thought I'd end up in Japan. Just like I never thought I'd end up on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and from there end up in Florida. The adventure continues. My children are older now and back in DeLand, Florida. I'm hoping they will come this summer as we go back and forth. I will be helping my 83-year-old father in Boulder, Colorado too more often, as he fell and broke the top of his right femur off and has been in Manor Care for a month now.

My grandfather, Albert Willem Straub, who died
in a forced labor Mitsubishi tin mine
outside of Tokyo in 1943 .
I visited my father in Boulder for two weeks recently. Such another amazing mythic destiny of personal mythology that is intertwined with this trip. Considering my father is a child survivor of a Japanese concentration camp on Java during World War II when it was the Dutch East Indies, a colony of The Netherlands. My ancestors were colonialists. The one percent.  My great-grandfather a professor of engineering at the University of Delft.

Growing up as a child. in Boulder during the 1970s and 80s, Japan was the enemy, my mother reminded us. Had the war not ended with the United States dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I would not be alive, for my father would have died in the camp had the war continued, my mother warned. My mother's brother, Uncle Charlie, may have died as he served in the Pacific too.

I was conflicted, because in Boulder in the 70s there were candle light vigils for peace, but my mother was on the other side. My father said he forgave the Japanese, but I know he still suffers. So that lingers as my story as my father's father died in a forced labor Mitsubishi tin mine outside of Tokyo in 1943. My brother has visited Shinagawa, and it's now a shopping mall.

So as my father declines, and the story continues, I look forward to this mythic journey. As I read more about Japan after World War II, our economy, our stories, our healing from the tragedy of war, but also to find the mythic in the folk lore and enchantment of Japan. As a confirmed Buddhist I am tickled to go to a Buddhist country. And since poetry is revered in Japan and I"m a poet, I will be writing Haiku on Instagram for my daughter back home. And healing the trauma of war with yoga and stories. I will be using the hashtag of #OsakaDiaries #StoryArtist #VisualPoet and #MythicYoga.

This is just the first of many trips. I will mainly explore, write this blog and find us a place to live before I return December 17. For future trips I will start my pilgrimage for the 33 Kannon temples, try lots of great food, and of course pursue the mythic.  I will eventually make my way to Ise to visit the Shrine of Amaterasu, of whom I have used in Mythic Yoga trainings, Storytime Yoga classes and personal mythology art and storytelling for a long time.

Amaterasu has special significance for me, as the Goddess of the Sun in Shinto religion where women and creation were revered and the solar is female. She will infuse my journey to see if among the traditions of Japan beneath the influence of Western culture there is the mythic peeping up from below, the feminine through the body, art, tradition, food, pleasure, poetry, sensuality and feelings can have an effect on me as I journey to the past in this amazing present and in meditation to temples and shrines.

And I will be meditating, deepening my Buddhist meditation practice I learned from many hours of meditation and Shambhala trainings in Boulder and as a member of the Volusia Buddhist Fellowship in Florida where I received the name of Guyo, Brave One, when I took my vows almost two years ago. For in meditation is where the mythic points me to the ultimate goal - yoga - union - nirvana - peace.

For it is peace, peace for the world's children that I want. Why I made my Storytime Yoga Kids Yoga Music, Mantra and Dance CD. I believe there is a reason I am being sent to Japan. To visit my grandfather's place of death. To visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Parks and recover what is good, what is loving and what is eternal.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Sydney Solis has Two Poems Published in Shambhala Times

Sydney Solis poetry
Very honored to have the poems "The Passion" and "Being, Then Nothingness" published in the Shambhala Times Fall 2016 Poetry Space. 

I've been practicing meditation since I was 12 years old, and spent many hours on the cushion at the Boulder Shambhala Center. I'm a member of the Volusia Buddhist Fellowship now and took refuge and my vows in January 2015.

Spirituality has been a part of my life and writing since I was a kid. Poetry and the arts enlivens our lives and sustains us too.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mythic Yoga: Telling the Myth Poem of the Body

Mythic Yoga: Telling the Myth Poem of the Body Sydney Solis

Mythic Yoga: Telling the Myth Poem of the Body

Sydney Solis

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop
Denver, Colorado

“I am the poet of the body. And I am the poet of the soul.” - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Delve into the oral tradition by hearing Hindu and other myths and connect it with the body for fresh perspectives in creating poetry, memoir and spoken-word narrative. In this day-long course, Storyteller, Performance Poet and Yoga Teacher Sydney Solis guides you in a self-reflective mythic journey to write from the body and listen to its silent voice by using meditation, yoga and dance, dreamwork and the chakras to discover your personal mythology and tell the myth poem of the body.
It's yoga beyond asana and delves into the psycho-spiritual aspects of yoga wisdom and the expressive arts.

More details coming soon!