Wednesday, August 30, 2006
-Christopher Morley, writer (1890-1957)
(With thanks to the other Tom.)
The Katrina-Iraq Connection
DC Poets Against the War will host an open mic Sunday, September 10, 3-5 pm in Tent 5 at Camp Democracy. Join us!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The Great Spam Challenge
innovative con man
enunciate whole wheat
blue jay unbelievable
conscientious objector experimental
jackknife family tree
Contrast me with Lorna Dee Cervantes, now guest blogging over at the Poetry Foundation: http://poetryfoundation.org/dispatches/journals/index.html. She writes and writes. A stew of beauty and I-don't-know-what. Here's her own blogspot: http://lornadice.blogspot.com/ - poetry and reports and photos.
Readings and plans for readings and school starting and September is upon us. Just about. Please don't give up on me. More very soon.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
So We Don't Forget: Poetry, Like Bread, Is for Everyone
Like you I
love love, life, the sweet smell
of things, the sky-blue
landscape of January days.
And my blood boils up
and I laugh through eyes
that have known the buds of tears.
I believe the world is beautiful
and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone.
And that my veins don’t end in me
but in the unanimous blood
of those who struggle for life,
landscape and bread,
the poetry of everyone.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Back into the Fray
So, here are the two weekend readings. Friday night I'll be reading a few Salvadoran poems as well as my own. A staffmember with Voices on the Border will read them in the original Spanish and I'll read the translations. Given the other performers and the important issues involved, it should be a great event.
I promise a real post sometime soon.
Join Voices on the Border
to celebrate art, justice, and community
with performances by
Esther Iverem and Sarah Browning of D.C. Poets Against the War
Friday, August 25, 2006
1409 14th Street, NW
$20 suggested donation
(includes 2 drinks)
For more information: http://www.votb.org/
The police force’s violent reaction to a recent protest in El Salvador has been called the worst human rights violation since the 12-year civil war that ended in 1992. The protestors, who were young students (many still in high school), were raising their voices against the rising cost of living in San Salvador, including high bus fare and energy costs. They were met with violent police, helicopters shooting live ammunition, and snipers on top of a children’s hospital. The current situation is extremely precarious, as the right-winged government is calling the students “terrorists” and trying to rescind their right of freedom of expression. Voices on the Border is working with other groups in solidarity with Latin America to work with politicians in putting pressure on the Salvadoran government to stop the use of force and protect citizens’ right to peaceful protest.
About Voices on the Border:
Since 1987, Voices on the Border, a national grassroots network of individuals and groups in the United States, has responded to the needs of organized communities and progressive groups in El Salvador. They facilitate the "partnering" of U.S. donors and community groups with local communities in El Salvador; help fund grassroots groups; and promote sustainable, equitable community-based development.The work of Voices on the Border has focused on the eastern region of El Salvador, historically one of the poorest and most neglected regions, and one of the areas hardest hit by El Salvador's civil war, which ended in 1992. The organization began as a campaign to support the needs of 8,000 refugees from this area, then living in a Honduran border camp. In 1989 and 1990 they returned to El Salvador. Voices on the Border accompanied them as they returned and continued to support communities of returning refugees as the war ended and reconstruction began. The process of re-building a new El Salvador based on peace, equality, and justice continues.
Voices on the Border: http://www.votb.org/
HOUSE OF CREATIVE WRITING
Cordially invites you to attend The 3rd Annual Summer Poetry Reading and Story-telling
A Community Literary Outreach
Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 4 PM
House of Creative Writing
508 G Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2724
Featuring poets & novelists:
Sarah Browning, Blair G. Ewing, Judith McCombs, Angela M. Peabody, Jessie Seigel, Ninie G. Syarikin
OPEN MIKE will be launched after featured readers
Event is FREE, but reservation REQUIRED
Youths are welcome
Reception follows the readings
For more information and reservation:
Phone: (202) 554-8159
Invitation may be downloaded at the www.houseofcreativewriting.com website, at the EVENTS section.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
A Morning Prayer
Lord let me suffer much
and then die
Let me walk through silence
and leave nothing behind not even fear
Make the world continue
let the ocean kiss the sand just as before
Let the grass stay green
so that the frogs can hide in it
so that someone can bury his face in it
and sob out his love
Make the day rise brightly
as if there were no more pain
And let my poem stand clear as a windowpane
bumped by a bumblebee’s head
- Anna Kamienska, translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh
On our responsibility to history
- Czeslaw Milosz, Nobel Lecture, 1980