Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Activist poets Mike Maggio and Heather Davis, Sunday, December 16, 4 pm
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Sunday Kind of Love
U Street/Cardozo on the Green and Yellow Lines
Hosted by Sarah Browning, Coordinator of D.C. Poets Against the War & Regie Cabico, Artistic Director of Sol & Soul Open Mic at each event!
Sunday, December 16, 2007, 4 pm Celebrating the release of new books by DC Poets Against the War Activists Heather Davis & Mike Maggio
Heather Davis’ first book of poems, The Lost Tribe of Us, won the 2007 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award and has just been released. She is on the Coordinating Committee of Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness. Davis is a winner of the 2007 Moving Words Poetry Prize—her poem "Folk Art" appeared on buses in Arlington, VA. She runs a women's writing group in Rosslyn, VA, and serves as a Communications Manager for an international development organization.
Mike Maggio has published fiction, poetry and translations in journals and anthologies in the United States and abroad. His newest book, deMOCKracy (Plain View Press), is a hard-hitting, poetic critique of the Bush administration and its unjustified attack on Iraq and on the democractic institiutions here at home. He is the author of Your Secret Is Safe With Me, an audio collection of poems; Oranges From Palestine (and other poems); and a collection of short fiction, Sifting Through the Madness (Xlibris).
Mother, on the news of your pregnancy,
I thought of one thing:
how the pleasure my lover and I build barehanded
is nothing compared to your architecture,
the house of your body renovated,
full again after seven children;
and I remembered how, before I left home,
every detail of the place looked back at me,
foreign as an ocean floor,
the shadows of pines delicate as coral
against white clapboard,
the foundation settled like a sunken ship,
steeped in unnatural, seeping light.
I wondered how long old timbers can stand
secure in their sockets of earth.
by Heather Davis, from The Lost Tribe of Us
strung like trawls of fish
in Nagasaki and Hiroshima
some fall off and
drift like autumn leaves
shrouding the countryside
like flames weeping
tumbling like autumn leaves
some fall off and
drop like tears
mourning the charred earth
like wailing widows
raining like silver tears
some fall off and
whisk away in the wind
speckling the dazed sun
like ashen memories
howling in the fiery wind
some fall off and
glide gracefully to the ground
falling to the ground
some fall off and
spread like cherry blossoms
pinken the brown earth
like gossamer on the horizon
papering the world with cherry blossoms
some fall off and
sail up to the sky
rising on blue wings
like dandelion dreams
floating up to the sky
some fall off and
make it back to America
scattering over the cities
like multi-colored messages
paper peace cranes
swarming over America.
by Mike Maggio, from deMOCKracy
NEXT: Sunday, January 20, 2008, 4 pm Second Anniversary of Sunday Kind of Love - Honoring the activist poets and writers who have gone before!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Deadline for Panels Extended to Jan. 1; Poetry Contest; December 10 Benefit
We’ve extended the deadline for proposals for Split This Rock panel discussions and workshops to January 1, 2008. Please help us spread the word by forwarding the notices, below, to your networks and posting on your websites and blogs.
We’ve had some inquiries about whether we will consider proposals for workshops and performances/readings, as well as panel discussions. The answer is yes, though please note that, unfortunately, we do not have the funds to pay honoraria and that all participants must register for the festival. (Some scholarships will be available – guidelines for application will be posted on the website when we open registration.)
We are most interested in proposals of all kinds that engage festival participants in exploring the major questions and challenges we face as activist poets. Some questions, though by no means all: How do we honor and learn from our predecessors in this work? How can we cross the boundaries that too often divide us, in our organizing, our public programming, and the poetry itself? How does our choice of subject matter influence the form our poetry takes, and the other way around? What successful models of community building might be helpful to other participants? How can we work effectively with social change movements, community groups, social service organizations, schools, libraries, or prisons? These questions can be addressed in workshops and performances as well as in discussions – or in hybrids of these forms. Just give us a sense of how your proposed event will help build community and give participants the opportunity to learn from one another.
Let us know if you have additional questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks and all the best,
Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness
March 20-23, 2008
Panel Proposals – Deadline Extended to January 1: Split This Rock invites proposals for panel discussions and workshops on a range of topics at the intersection of poetry and social change. Possibilities are endless. Challenge us. Let’s talk about craft, let’s talk about mentoring young poets, let’s talk about working in prisons, connecting with the activist community, sustaining ourselves in dark times, the role of poetry in wartime. Deadline extended to January 1, 2008. Download the form here: http://splitthisrock.org/documents/Call-for-Proposals.doc
Poetry Contest – January 15 Deadline: The contest benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival. $1,000 awarded for poems of provocation & witness; Kyle G. Dargan will judge. $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, and $200 for 3rd place. 1st place winner will read the winning poem at the festival. The poem will also be published on the festival website at http://www.splitthisrock.org/. All winners receive free festival admission. $20 entry fee benefits the festival. Postmark Deadline: January 15, 2008. Guidelines for entry: http://splitthisrock.org/contests.html.
Benefit Reading by Mark Doty, Kathy Engel, Regie Cabico – December 10: Come to a benefit reading for Split This Rock Poetry Festival with Mark Doty, Regie Cabico, and Kathy Engel on Monday, December 10, 2007 in New York City! The event will begin at 8 pm at the Bowery Poetry Club. Tickets are $25 at the door and we’ll have a silent auction with fabulous items: poetry broadsides, yoga, Poets & Writers subscription, and more! Take care of your holiday shopping and benefit Split This Rock! Download the event flyer here: http://splitthisrock.org/documents/NYBenefit.doc.
Support Split This Rock, the historic gathering of activist poets: The CrossCurrents Foundation made a challenge grant of $10,000 to Split This Rock last month. They’ll match every dollar you give. We’re 25% of the way to meeting the match – double your donation by giving today! Every dollar you give is tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, the Institute for Policy Studies. Just click here: https://secure.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/IPS/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=1120 and be sure to designate "Split This Rock" as the project you'd like to support. Or send a check payable to "IPS/Split This Rock" to: IPS, 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036. Many thanks! Your contribution will make a tremendous difference.
Split This Rock Poetry Festival calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of activist poets. Building the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation’s capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination. Featuring readings, workshops, panels, contests, walking tours, film, parties, and activism! See the website for the incredible line-up of poets, including Mark Doty, Sonia Sanchez, Martín Espada, Naomi Shihab Nye, and many more. Split This Rock is cosponsored by DC Poets Against the War, Sol & Soul, Busboys and Poets, and the Institute for Policy Studies. http://www.splitthisrock.org/
Split This Rock Poetry Festival
c/o Institute for Policy Studies
1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Naomi Shihab Nye to start the week
Robert Frost wrote “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,”
in the middle of a searing hot July.
Maybe he needed a chill, the silence
of frozen trees, to keep the air moving
inside his mind. So many readers have considered
his two roads of another poem,
but maybe sweating Mr. Frost invoking frost,
his secret quirky inversion, matters more.
We grew up proud of our country.
Forests of wonderful words to wander through—
Now my horse is lost in a sheen of lies.
The world is lovely, dark, and deep.
We honor others as they sleep.
As they wake and as they sleep.
--Naomi Shihab Nye, You and Yours, Boa Editions, 2005
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Poetry and Activism: Interview on Weirding Word
Here's an excerpt:
I had some very stern [internal] editors, who especially told me not to risk sentimentality -- that brush with which women's writing is so often tarred. The result, I think, is that we don't risk emotion; we don't risk telling the truth. Which is just as fatal, if not more so, to poetry as sentimentality.
Philip Levine at 80
If you're in New York City on Thursday, November 28th, 2007, don't miss a special 80th birthday tribute and reading featuring Philip Levine with Kate Daniels, E.L. Doctorow, Edward Hirsch, Galway Kinnell, Yusuf Komunyakaa, Malena Mörling, Sharon Olds, Tom Sleigh, Gerald Stern, Jean Valentine and Charles Wright.
Philip Levine was born in Detroit and is the author of 16 collections of poetry, most recently Breath. His other books include The Simple Truth, which won the Pulitzer Prize; What Work Is, which won the National Book Award; The Names of the Lost; Ashes: Poems New and Old and 7 Years From Somewhere, both of which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the distinguished Poet-in-Residence in the Creative Writing Program at NYU.
Co-sponsored with the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center, the Academy of American Poets, Cave Canem Foundation, Cooper Union, Knopf, Poets House, Society of America and Poets & Writers.
Hope to see you there!
Philip Levine 80th Birthday TributeThursday, November 29th, 7:00pmGreat Hall, Cooper Union, East 7th StreetFree and Open to the Publichttp://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/poetry/levine_tribute/
The new grass rising in the hills,
the cows loitering in the morning chill,
a dozen or more old browns hidden
in the shadows of the cottonwoods
beside the streambed. I go higher
to where the road gives up and there's
only a faint path strewn with lupine
between the mountain oaks. I don't
ask myself what I'm looking for.
I didn't come for answers
to a place like this, I came to walk
on the earth, still cold, still silent.
Still ungiving, I've said to myself,
although it greets me with last year's
dead thistles and this year's
hard spines, early blooming
wild onions, the curling remains
of spider's cloth. What did I bring
to the dance? In my back pocket
a crushed letter from a woman
I've never met bearing bad news
I can do nothing about. So I wander
these woods half sightless while
a west wind picks up in the trees
clustered above. The pines make
a music like no other, rising and
falling like a distant surf at night
that calms the darkness before
first light. "Soughing" we call it, from
Old English, no less. How weightless
words are when nothing will do.
-- Philip Levine . Breath. Knopf, 2004.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Split This Rock Holiday Party
Sunday, December 2, 4-6 pm
916 G Street NW, Washington, DC
The Mather Studios building, across the street from the Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library. Gallery Place Metro on the Red and Green lines.
Someone will be at the door to let you in. If not, call 202-577-6596 and we will run down to welcome you.
For more information: email@example.com, http://www.splitthisrock.org/, 202-577-6596
Can't make it but want to be involved with planning Split This Rock? Download the volunteer form at http://www.splitthisrock.org/.
Looking forward to seeing you!
DC Poets Against the War
Split This Rock Poetry Festival
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Poetry is the anti-code: Cut Loose the Body on Blog This Rock
Monday, November 12, 2007
Impeachment: Trial by Theater at the Culture Project, NYC
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Paintings Meet Poems at AU Museum
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Split This Rock Benefit Reading with Mark Doty, Kathy Engel, Regie Cabico
A Benefit Reading for Split This Rock Poetry Festival
With Mark Doty, Regie Cabico, and Kathy Engel
Monday, December 10, 2007, 8 pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery, New York, NY 212.614.0505
Tickets: $25 at the door
Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Washington, DC, March 20-23, 2008, calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national community of activist poets. Featuring readings, workshops, panels, contests, walking tours, film, parties, and activism! See the website for the incredible line-up of poets, including Mark Doty, Sonia Sanchez, Martín Espada, Naomi Shihab Nye, and many more: http://www.splitthisrock.org/. Or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Doty will be featured at Split This Rock in March. The only American poet to have won Great Britain's T. S. Eliot Prize, Doty is the author of six books of poems, including My Alexandria (1993), which received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has also published Atlantis (1995), Sweet Machine (1998) and Source (2001), and School of the Arts (2005), as well as the memoirs Heaven's Coast (1996) and Firebird (1999). Among his many other awards are two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Bynner Prize. Doty teaches in the graduate program the University of Houston, and is a frequent guest at Columbia University, Hunter College, and NYU. He lives in Houston and in New York City.
Regie Cabico is Artistic Director of Sol & Soul, a Split This Rock founding sponsor. He is a poet, playwright, and spoken word performer. He took top prizes at the 1993, 1994, and 1997 National Poetry Slams. His work appears in over 30 anthologies and he co-edited Poetry Nation: A North American Anthology of Fusion Poetry. He received a NYFA Artist Fellowship for Poetry in 1997, NYFAs in 2003 for Poetry and Performance Art, and two Brooklyn Arts Council Poetry Awards. Cabico has been a teacher for Urban Word and developed a poetry and performance program for teens with psychiatric illness at Bellevue Hospital. He received the 2006 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers in recognition of his work with diverse communities.
Kathy Engel’s books include Ruth's Skirts (IKON, February 2007), a collection of poems and prose pieces; and We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon (Interlink Books, March 2007), which she coedited with Kamal Boullata. She is an advisory board member of Split This Rock, a communications/strategic planning consultant, and a producer for social justice, peace and human rights organizations. She founded the women's human rights organization MADRE and was the executive director for five years. Before that she worked at the Academy of American Poets, New York Mobilization for Survival and as executive director of the Fund For Open Information and Accountability.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Blog This Rock - The New Split This Rock Blog is Live
New Review for Whiskey - Montserrat Review
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Word Verification for Comments or - weird spam suddenly invades
So, apologies, especially to low-vision users who I know have a hard time with these stupid thingies.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Iraq Brings War Trauma Into Our Homes
Read the article by Nicole Sotelo on Women's Enews here: http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm?aid=3368
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South November 18
Sunday Kind of Love
A Busboys & Poetry Event
Third Sundays of the Month, 4 pm
Busboys & Poets
14th & V Streets, NW, Washington, DC
Hosted by Sarah Browning, Coordinator of D.C. Poets Against the War
& Regie Cabico, Artistic Director of Sol & Soul
Open Mic at each event!
Sunday, November 18, 2007, 4 pm
Celebrating the new Cave Canem Anthology, Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South
With Editor Nikky Finney and Contributors Matilda Cox, Reuben Jackson, and Meta DuEwa Jones
Nikky Finney is a professor of creative writing at the University of Kentucky and the author of three collections of poetry: On Wings Made of Gauze; Rice, which won a PEN America Open Book Award; and The World Is Round. She is also the author of Heartwood, a collection of short stories.
Cave Canem is a national nonprofit organization committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African American poetry. From its beginning in 1996, Cave Canem has offered a safe haven for black poets-whether schooled in MFA programs or poetry slams-to come together to work on their craft and engage others in critical debate
NEXT: Sunday, December 16, 4 pm
DC Poets Against the War Heather Davis & Mike Maggio!
For more info: www.busboysandpoets.com, email@example.com
Sekou Sundiata's the 51st (dream) state remounted
A Message from Sekou Sundiata’s family and friends:
When Sekou Sundiata passed away in July 2007 he was in the midst of touring his acclaimed music/theater production, the 51st (dream) state – a work he considered his personal and poetic “State of the American Soul Address.” Sekou’s family, the entire cast of the 51st (dream) state, his artistic collaborators and his producers are committed to carrying on Sekou’s voice and vision by continuing to bring this important and timely work to stages around the country.
The premiere of the re-mounted 51st (dream) state is coming up in November and we invite you to show your support, help us fill the house, spread the word and join us in Miami as long-time performer & collaborator LaTanya Hall steps into Sekou’s role as "the voice of the poet" backed by an all-star ensemble of singers and musicians. Performances are being presented by Miami Dade College at The Colony Theater in Miami Beach on Friday & Saturday November 16 and 17 at 8pm. We hope you can make it for this premiere of the re-mounted show! Follow this link for details: http://www.mdc.edu/culture/events/51stdreamstate.htm
the 51st dream state producers will continue to offer this work on tour through the Fall 2008. The show is a loving and demanding look at some cherished mythologies and difficult truths about citizenship in the U.S.A. As the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections approach, questions of civic responsibility and citizenship become immediately relevant. the 51st (dream) state exposes the questions, provokes critical reflection and spurs meaningful dialogue. Shepherded through a universe of poems, monologues, songs and images, diverse audiences come together to imagine a more perfect Union. the 51st (dream) state offers viewers a profound place from which to continue this conversation outside of the theater.
Rumi Me, Rumi You, Rumi 'Til I'm Through