Hello friend,

Maybe you’ve arrived because you’ve been reading my Zine, formerly powered by Mailchimp, for years now. Or maybe you’ve read Odes to Lithium, or taken my month-long writing experience In Surreal Life. Or maybe you’re an old-time fan & have followed my music over the decades. Maybe you heard me talk about one of my favorite topics, The Unknown, on the Vs. Podcast where I read this poem. Or maybe you’ve read my children’s book, Be/Hold: A Friendship Book, constructed out of my love for compound words, for togetherness. Maybe you, too, love togetherness; you, too, think every room is a living room. Every space contains the potential for vivid aliveness, for the zing of discovery.

This zine is designed to be a little like a living room, a space to gather & share & be shared with. A together space constructed out of odd collisions: poetry + mental illness + wire walkers + Zen koans + kaleidoscopic thinking + skateboarding + whatever the heck my heart has lately laid its thirsty red ventricles on. This is a loving room, & I sincerely welcome you to it.

This loving space is called Freer Form because I don’t believe anything on this whole planet (or beyond) is fixed, permanent, or solid. We are ever-changing & that’s a miraculous challenge, a massive gift. In this same spirit, my creativity is a spiritual practice, unfolding my synaptic connection to everything. I’ve always been a maker of many modes: poems, stories, paintings, songs. Here, I’ll consistently explore creativity, meditation, spirituality & their intersections. I like to move from the perspective that we have less time than we think, & that we are all so much more possible than we could even imagine. Possibility is a touchstone for me.

Touchstone.

Thank you for being & for being here.

X & O & often why,

Shira

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Shira Erlichman
Shira Erlichman is a writer, artist, & musician. She is the author of poetry collection Odes to Lithium & author/illustrator of children's book Be/Hold: A Friendship Book. She is the founder of Freer Form: A Portable Creativity School.