By Tangalene Dudt
Wave Rider describes Rebecca Fitton’s healing journey through a combination of poetry and memoir. She was sexually abused at a very young age and then abandoned emotionally and physically by her mother which led to a difficult personal life as an adult. She decided to take charge of her life in order to become the person she wanted to be. Her poetry is part of that healing process.
Fitton's poetry felt universal to me. One poem that had me laughing, because it rang so true, was ‘Electronic Self.’ It's about trying to connect with another person when electronics are getting in the way of that simple human connection. I can relate to this. Even for myself, it's a way to create a barrier and not let anyone get to know the real me.
As others who retire know, retirement is a busy time. She served on five non-profit boards bringing her business acumen to each. She and her husband Richard built a new home on his farm, and then he died suddenly. Recovery from his shocking death took time. Finally she realized that the time had come to remake herself. As the lyrics of the song go, “I’d built a life wrapped so tight it was strangling me.” Freedom was a spirit call from Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Rebecca arrived in Santa Fe in 2008 and fell in love with the blue skies, clean mountain air, a vibrant community and the arts. Her first poem was written under a juniper tree.
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