WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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artist profile "everyone has a story" On Leaving by Carol Burnes When you leave I am left Holding space, Your impression in me Like the hollow A thumb leaves in clay. Recognizing that not everyone can undertake private coaching, Carol also offers workshops to teach people to how to engage in her process and develop pieces on their own. Carol continues to create and perform her own material. Her poetry has been published in three volumes and a variety of literary magazines and has also been performed on stage, televi- sion, and radio in the US and the UK. Her one-woman show, Suddenly Single, captures snap- shots of her life as a recent widow. It opened at the King's Head Theatre in London— The Times of London described it as "mov- ing, brave, and wonderfully funny"—and has since engaged audiences in multiple venues on both sides of the Atlantic. She has also created commissioned pieces on environ- mental issues including the "Big Flush," which she performed at the opening cere- monies of Boston's Deer Island Sewer Treatment Plant, and "River Song," which kicked off Tufts University's Mystic River Watershed Conference. Carol grows quite animated when dis- cussing a recent experience at the wedding of a young couple. Working from interviews with the pair and descriptions they had generated about their partners, Carol crafted and told the story of the couple's relationship as a cen- terpiece of the ceremony. "It was a remark- able, deeply profound experience," Carol recalls. "The process itself revealed the mean- ing of what they were undertaking. I'd love to do it again." There is power in every good story. Across every culture and every era, stories have helped to form identity, galvanize action, and create meaning. "Everyone has a story, " Carol says. "Story is life, life is story; it is primal; we just have to recognize and embrace the sto- ries that surround us. I love my work. " CAROL BURNES can be reached at cb@carolburnesdiscoveries.com. 152 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 BRIAN SMITH

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