Poet James Navé presents 'A Child’s Christmas in Wales'

Staff reports, Black Mountain News

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is proud to present popular poet and personality James Navé in "A Child’s Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. There is no charge for this holiday gift to the community, though donations are welcome. The arts center is at 225 W. State St.

James Navé has memorized more than 500 poems and holds an MFA in poetry.

Navé has performed "A Child’s Christmas in Wales" every Christmas season since 1988; Dec. 18 will his second presentation at the arts center. The performance started with a small holiday gathering at the home of Ian and Victoria Robertson on the Warren Wilson College campus.

“Ian read the story for a pleasant 27 minutes,” Navé said. “I fell in love with Thomas’ rich language. ‘Birds the color of red-flannel petticoats whisked past the harp-shaped hills.’ ‘The wind through the trees made noises as of old and unpleasant and maybe web-footed men wheezing in caves.’ I kept thinking what would it be like to learn such a beautiful piece by heart.”

It took him a few months to learn the whole poem, he said, and the following December he presented the memorized version to the reassembled group. He’s been telling the story every Christmas since.

Navé is an arts entrepreneur, speaker, poet, and founder of The Poetics at Work Project. He is an organizing member of TEDxNewYork Salons, director of LEAF Poetry, and creativity consultant for Strategex Business Solutions. He has memorized more than 500 poems and holds a BA in International Relations and an MFA in Poetry.

For more, call the arts center at 669-0930 or visit BlackMountainArts.org