poetry on earth

April 22, 2021

Happy Earth Day! If you’re not sure how to celebrate, here are a few options, all online, all times Pacific (some may require advance signup):

James Crews & Ross Gay – How To Love The World – 5:00pm

Edmonds Bookshop Annual Poetry Reading, live on Facebook – 6:00pm

Pass the Torch: Tacoma Poet Laureate Celebration – 6:00pm

Salem Poetry Project featured readers Pattie Palmer-Baker & Tricia Knoll – 7:00pm

Special Northwind Reading Series reading and discussion with Rob Lewis, Ann Spiers, and Cedar Sigo – 7:00pm

Oregon Poetry Association /pãn| dé| mïk/ 2020 Reading, Oregon poets – 7:00pm

Bill Yake, Waymaking by Moonlight: New & Selected Poems – 7:00pm

Or simply head over to Orion and treat your ears to five minutes of rainforest.

global community poetry

November 14, 2020

Back in 2017, we posted about a project of the Kent State University Wick Poetry Center, a community poem that became a mural, Healing Stanzas. The success of that project inspired others.

The Global Peace Poem was launched in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Kent State University shootings of May 4, 1970, and a related exhibit, Armed with Our Voices. The poem is ongoing.

Earth Stanzas is an interactive online poetry project in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020. The site offers a number of model poems as prompts as well as texts that can be used to create erasure poems. The project is ongoing.

Poets for Science and the community poem, “Pledge,” is companion to a traveling exhibit curated by Jane Hirshfield exploring the connection between science and poetry. A model poem by Gary Snyder is provided as a prompt. The poem is ongoing.

Vote the Earth is the most recent project, conceived to help inspire voters to put their love for the Earth behind the power of their vote. Each poem is anchored to a map (image above) according to the poet’s home location. The project is ongoing.

Kudos to the Wick Poetry Center and all who have contributed to these worthwhile projects.

Earth Day

April 22, 2020

found poem © j.i. kleinberg
Happy Earth Day!

What are your plans for Earth Day? Saturday’s weather should be mild and cloudy in Buffalo, New York. But actually weather won’t be much of a concern if you decide to attend the Emily Dickinson Community Marathon Reading. From 8:00am to 9:30pm, local celebs, poets and other Emily fans will read all 1789 of Dickinson’s poems. Plus, from 1:00 to 1:30pm, there will be a break in the readings to celebrate Dickinson with song and comedy improvs!

That’s this Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. It’s free and you do not need to register or contact anyone to participate. Just show up and join in the reading. More details here.

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