The Arts Café is excited to present Chivas Sandage who is a Connecticut-based poet, author, blogger, editor, educator and activist. Ms. Sandage's Hidden Drive (Antrim House 2012) was a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in Poetry.
The poems in Hidden Drive are as riveting as any you will ever read. The sorrow and pain riddling them are countered by a joy like the poet’s surfacing minke whale — "a dark / form [rising] out of bright / marine green." Beyond the pain of a troubled childhood is the magic of an elemental grandmother; beyond the dangers the poet’s daughter faces and poses is the flower of a young life with its "secret oil" inspiring unconditional love; and beyond the perils of love lies the only goal worth its salt. In the end, the poems of Hidden Drive are entirely about love. For it, the poet is "a gambler...betting everything." It is the hidden and absolutely vital drive behind all the outer movements of a life for which betting against the house is the only way to savor the essential. The critic David Wojahn comments "Chivas Sandage’s poetry has a lyric precision and terse musicality that any poet would envy, a grace with cadence and image that makes it all look easy. That capacity is all the more remarkable when we consider that the poems are often formed from the most difficult of reckonings—from a troubled family history, from the challenges of motherhood, and from the bewildering intricacies of Eros."
The Friendly Ghost
The Friendly Ghost is the name of the band headed up by singer-songwriter Victor Chiburis. Victor is already a veteran musician who co-founded and for many years headed up the popular folk-rock band The Thick Thieves, which played all over Eastern Connecticut. Victor is also an actor who recently performed in Flock Theatre’s sold-out production of In the Next Room.