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About Ciletti

Jim Ciletti, an award winning poet, filmmaker, and author, is the 2010-2012, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region, and for 41 years, poet-in-residence for the Orme School Fine Arts Festival. Jim gives many workshops on the writing and performance of poetry, and makes poetry house calls to create personal poetry events. Ciletti loves everything Italian, including cooking for family and friends, and loves to plant garlic, make homemade wine, and eating peaches and plums. "Everyday is Christmas, but you don't always get everything you ask for. Sometimes more. Poetry celebrates life."

Amazing Affirmation

“Hi James. I was a student at Orme at the very first fine arts festival. There, you recited a poem that I have been searching for, for years, titled something like “When I Die.” Can I find it in one … Continue reading

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Robin’s Holy Nest

Robin’s Holy Nest Journal Note. 5:30 PM, May 27, 2017 In our crab apple tree, this robin on a branch pinches grasses in its beak, then hops into seclusion of covering leaves; among leaves she pops up her head and … Continue reading

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Sensate Exercise

Poetry Saves Lives — SUNFIRE — Six Senses Sensate Exercise Journaling Workshop, April 22, 2017                 (c) 2017 James Ciletti “Art is a spiritual ambassador.” Barbara Jatta, director, Vatican Art Museum My name is:_______________________________________and I am a Sunfire Writer. Welcome to … Continue reading

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I write the lips

I’m reading The Love Poems of Kenneth Patchen, number 13 in the Pocket Poet Series. The final poem in the book is entitled, The Are Not Many Kingdoms Left. The first line: I write the lips of the moon on … Continue reading

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Please close the window

“Honey look! The crab apple tree, all the pink blossoms.” “uh-huh, achoo.” “They’re so beautiful.” “uh-huh, achoooo!” “The window is blowing them into a pink shower.” “Ahooooooooooooooooo!”

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INCANDESENCE

Last evening I was attending a first literary event, called Incandesence, Burning Light of Sunfire Writers, at Fremont Correctional Facility in Canon City, 45 miles south of Colorado Springs.  The Sunfire Writers are the men in our weekly Sunfire Writers … Continue reading

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At 6 a.m. This Snowy Daylight Dawning

Watching the terrible news of children gassed in Syria, I could not imagine the pain and grief of the father holding his four-old daughter, looking down at her, feeling her stiff and dead body, seeing lifeless eyes. Unable to write any … Continue reading

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