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Clyde A. Wray is paying attention

The Fredericton poet says “feelings aren’t going to kill you.”

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JOHN ENGLAND
  • John England

"Most folks don't want to feel. I try to write about how I feel," says accomplished poet, playwright and director Clyde A. Wray, who will read from works old and new at Prismatic. Based in Fredericton, Wray turns fleeting moments into permanent forms by staying open to the world: "All I have to do is pay attention. I take the ups and the downs with the goods and the bads. Feelings aren't going to kill you, see? Even if it tortures me, it's only temporary," he says. Wray believes in festivals like Prismatic. "Things are cyclical, one art feeds off another," he explains. "So people should come to the festival for two important reasons. First, they'll appreciate the art, and through exposure, they'll understand that art is wonderful for the community. Arts revitalize any city, and art has a way of communicating through people. It puts the exclamation mark where it should."

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