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.

A Flutter of BirdsA Flutter of Birds Passing through Heaven: a Tribute to Robert Sund, edited by Allen Frost and Paul Piper, has just been published and is available from Amazon for $20. Local bookstores will stock it soon.

This book, a tribute to the Skagit poet Robert Sund, contains poetry, reminiscences, art, anecdotes, essays, photographs and more from over 35 contributors, and includes work by such luminaries as Robert Bly, Gary Snyder and our own Jim Bertolino.

Robert Sund was considered to be the informal poet laureate of Washington State for a number of years, and was truly a great poet of place. Keep an ear out (and watch the Calendar) for readings that will accompany the launch.

Read a review of A Flutter of Birds in the New York Journal of Books.

on poetry…

May 8, 2014

Gary Snyder photo by Chris Welsch“As a poet I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the upper Paleolithic: the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and rebirth, the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe. I try to hold both history and wilderness in mind, that my poems may approach the true measure of things and stand against the unbalance and ignorance of our times.” Gary Snyder (b. May 8, 1930)
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Source: “Statement for the Paterson Society” (1961), as quoted in David Kherdian, Six Poets of the San Francisco Renaissance: Portraits and Checklists (1967)
photo by Chris Welsch

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