From my very first post I wanted to pay homage to the speech which inspired the title of my blog, Ain't I a Woman? by Sojourner Truth. Such a beautiful speech, such a beautiful name, such a beautiful woman. It is one of my favorite pieces. I strive to emulate this style in my own work. Poetic and powerful. Honest and unafraid. Memorable. And I like brevity. It too is beautiful. This is the standard I wish to be held to as I explore the question with you ~ ain't I a writer?
"Obliged to you for hearing me, and I do have a few things more to say..."

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

One hundred thousand poets...



                                                http://youtu.be/CuZGuCmfB7A

     By now I hope you have heard of 100,000 Poets for Change, a global event of poets and musicians that will take place all over the world in simultaneous performances this Saturday September 29th. I am very happy to be one of the one hundred thousand. I will be featured reader this year at the Exeter, New Hampshire venue. Just one of dozens, my reading will take place at about 3:30 PM. I will be reading some original work, some of which I've never shared before. They include a brand new series of found poems from Holocaust literature. I hope you can attend the reading that is taking place closest to you. With hundreds of events planned in 115 countries that shouldn't be hard to do. Better yet join in!

http://web.mail.comcast.net/service/home/~/One%20Hundred%20Thousand%20Poets%20for%20Change%20-%20poster%20-%20Saturday%2C%20September%2029th.pdf?auth=co&loc=en_US&id=788961&part=2


Exeter Town Hall, 2nd floor in conjunction with The Vision and the Word
Saturday, September 29 12-4 PM
Sponsored in part by: Seacoast Peace Response, Veterans for Peace, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire, Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, and
The Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program
For more information: bmoore628@comcast.net
Also, please visit: www.100tpc.org


    From event organizer Michael Rothenberg:

“What kind of CHANGE are we talking about?

The first order of change is for poets, writers, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. I think it will be empowering.

And of course there is the political/social change that many of us are talking about these days. There is trouble in the world. Wars, ecocide, the lack of affordable medical care, racism, the list goes on.

It appears that transformation towards a more sustainable world is a major concern and could be a global guiding principle for this event. Peace also seems to be a common cause. War is not sustainable. There is an increasing sense that we need to move forward and stop moving backwards. But I am trying not to be dogmatic. I am hoping that together we can develop our ideas of the "change/transformation" we are looking for as a group, and that each community group will decide their own specific area of focus for change for their particular event."