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.

Thursday poetry

November 11, 2020

Beyond Baroque and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books are two venerable L.A. literary institutions. This year, due to COVID-19, the Festival of Books, and the Poetry Stage, had to be canceled, though virtual events are ongoing (see daily calendar at the FoB link above).

This Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:00pm, Beyond Baroque will present the first installment of The Poetry Stage Redux, featuring Sara Borjas, Nickole Brown, Cyrus Cassells, Victoria Chang, Cathy Colman, Megan Fernandes, Jane Hirshfield, Jessica Jacobs, John Murillo, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil. The reading event will be streamed live via Crowd Cast and is free with advance registration.

Additional broadcasts will be streamed December 3, 10, and 17, 2020.

got 33 minutes?

December 3, 2017

This conversation about The Civic Responsibility of the Poet in America Today between Jane Hirshfield, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Naomi Shihab Nye took place more than two years ago, but it seems acutely relevant today. When you have a half-hour, have a look.

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