Along with the familiar smell of thoroughly read novels and the scent of maturing wood in the quaint , shop-goers and literature lovers were greeted with passionate readings of Santa Cruz poet Patricia Hernan Grube’s works last week. Performed by the local acting troupe Willing Suspension Armchair Theater, the author’s work was showcased in the production “From the Heart: Poetry and Prose by Patricia Hernan Grube,” where pieces ranged from heartfelt reflections on Grube’s childhood to emotional excerpts and monologues from the writer’s many plays.
On a small stage in front of the shop’s collection of travel guides, language books and Spanish literature, readers Meghan Parle, Steve Grube, Anita Natale and Frank Widman captivated audiences with their sentimental interpretations of Grube’s work. Subjects ranged from the poet’s personal experiences growing up in Arizona and Santa Cruz, her travels across the globe, and her love and dedication to her family and herself, said co-director and son Donald Leo Grube. With the admirable talent to find and create drama and transcendence in ordinary occurrences, the pieces featured in “Poetry and Prose” explored the depths of human emotion as evidenced in Grube’s poems “Toenails” and “Full Moon.”
Early on in the performance it became clear that the readings were not only an effort to bring awareness and attention to the writer’s poetry but a celebration of Grube’s life. “Poetry and Prose” is a commemoration of the life of Pat, said co-director Karen Schamberg to a lively audience that included the poet herself.
The celebration will continue with two upcoming performances on Thursday, April 19 at the Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Rd., at 7:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 24 at the Aptos Library, 7695 Soquel Dr., at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free although donations to the Willing Suspension Armchair Theater are appreciated. To learn more about Grube and her poetry, please visit www.patriciagrube.com.