Anne Norman is a shakuhachi player, composer, improviser, installation artist, poet, comedian, author, and tea raconteur based in Melbourne, Australia. An extraordinary talent, Norman celebrates for me the Renaissance concept of the integration of all disciplines. The cosmos is after all an interdisciplinary studio where the mind, body and soul come together.
Here is one of her tea poems called ‘Putting Humpty Together Again…’
HumpTEA DumpTEA had a migraine,
a splitting headache and sinus pain.
All the king’s doctors and all the king’s drugs,
not even a massage and friendly hugs,
could supply him with a pick-me-up.
But his favourite tea, sipped from cup
delivered poor Humpty from Hell.
(After many such cups, he now feels well!)
For more of Norman’s wonderfully playful verses visit her tea poems here.
Also check out Curiosi-Tea, Norman’s 204 page book written under the pen name of Camellia Cha, that ‘covers topics as diverse as the history of tea in Korea and Iran, botanical espionage and the sexual innuendo of tea.’
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