Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A Human Eye: Essays on Art & Society, by Adrienne Rich
In an essay on the poet Muriel Rukeyser, Rich says that Rukeyser "was one of the great integrators, seeing the fragmentary world of modernity not as irretrievably broken, but in need of societal and emotional repair." And this, too, has been Rich's own perspective: a vision both unsparing and full of hope. Poetry has the power "to revive spirit, stimulate consciousness, restore a brutalized humanity."
Read the full review here:
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The Creativity Stimulus
Every moment of major social change requires a collective leap of imagination. Political transformation must be accompanied not just by spontaneous and organized expressions of unrest and risk but by an explosion of mass creativity. Little wonder that two of the most maligned jobs during the forty years after Richard Nixon's 1968 election sealed the backlash of the "silent majority" were community organizer and artist.
Obama was both. So why haven't community organizers and artists been offered a greater role in the national recovery?
Read the full article by Jeff Chang, a cover story in The Nation, here.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Rain Inside, by Ibrahim Nasrallah, from Curbstone
Check it out and please spread the word. Here's the Curbstone page for more information and ordering: http://curbstone.org/bookdetail2.cfm?BookID=209&view=BL
Read a few sample poems here: http://littleredleaves.com/LRL3/nasrallah.html
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sweet: A Literary Confection
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In Memoriam: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (1950 - 2009)
Monday, April 06, 2009
That "Glorious Bountiful Nightmare": musings on Christopher Nolan and "Milk"
Read Kathi Wolfe's essay on the uses of anger in art and in social change, with musings on Christopher Nolan and the film, "Milk," here: http://www.scene4.com/html/kathiwolfe0409.html
Friday, April 03, 2009
Call for Proposals: Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2010
The festival will feature readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, film, activism -- opportunities to imagine a way forward, hone our community and activist skills, and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for social change.
We invite you to send proposals for panel discussions, group readings, roundtable discussions, workshops, and small-scale performances on a range of topics at the intersection of poetry and social change. Possibilities are endless. Challenge us.
The deadline is May 30, 2009.
Details and guidelines are online at: www.splitthisrock.org/documents/2010_panel_proposals.doc
Discussion and community building are at the heart of Split This Rock. We value diversity, creativity, and new ideas. Check out last year's schedule for inspiration: www.splitthisrock.org/schedule.html.
Please join us!
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