Poetry Project Newsletter #246

246coverThe February / March issue of the Poetry Project Newsletter is now available for download on the Project site here.

In addition to all the regular Project goings on, #246 includes poetry from Amber Atiya, art from Steffani Jemison and Oasa DuVerney, a conversation between Barbara Henning & Patricia Spears Jones and reviews from Jess Mynes (on Anselm Berrigan); Cornelia Barber (on Melissa Buzzeo); Jai Arun Ravine (on Gabriel Ojeda-Sague); Sara Jane Stoner (on Sueyeun Juliette Lee); Miller Oberman (on Patricia Spears Jones); a William Carlos Williams crossword puzzle & more!

Thanks to all the contributors who made this one a beautiful issue.

Vox Mom

wheelI’m really pleased to have been able to contribute some work to the folio curated by Kristen Prevallet for Vox Mom on the theme of change. The constancy of change invites reflection on the nature of Impermanence. Thich Nhat Hanh reflects “Thanks to impermanence everything is possible... Warm welcome and long live impermanence.” May we all be so gracious when confronted with change.

Check out some poems on the theme by Carol MirakoveCheryl Boyce TaylorMay JosephDanielle VogelWendy BarnesCaroline CrumpackerBillie ChernicoffBetsy AndrewsRosa Alcalá and myself.

Thank you, Kristen for this opportunity.

#PopJustice

just#PopJustice: Social Justice and the Promise of Pop Culture Strategies

I’m pleased to have been able to work with Liz Manne recently to contribute on the #PopJustice reports.

Intended for funders, advocates, and entertainment industry professionals interested in the promise and potential of popular culture as an agent of change, the reports are now available for download at http://www.lizmanne.com/popjustice.

Poetry Project Newsletter #245

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Seems like as soon as I get one newsletter issue done the previous one is posted online as a pdf file available for download.

Included in issue #245: the usual awesome Poetry Project stuff plus poems from Krystal Languell, a photo essay from the Rio streets from Kaia Sand, a mini-interview with Pierre Joris and Jerome Rothenberg, a Gertrude Stein crossword puzzle & more!

The Illuminator

Maybe it’s all the retrograde planets now making me remember old times. Or maybe the fact that Mark Read appeared to me in a dream, messing around with machines and wires. Whatever the reason, the Illuminator‘s early days have been on my mind & looking at this site I realized I never posted much about it.

Here’s a video of the first night we drove into Manhattan to Zuccotti Park fully expecting to get arrested. We had a lawyer with us on board, just in case, Lopi steering the ship, Danny & I repping the library, Brandon on documentation & Mark. Apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone else who was with us in the van, seems so long ago already.


N17 blew people’s minds. The light then really made me know that the city is ours, the streets are ours. “You are a part of a global uprising… Another world is possible.” It’s been almost five years, is there still any doubt? I’m so deeply grateful to have been part of this & share the video below for those who weren’t there.

other Illuminator/N17 coverage:
AlterNetBeautiful Trouble | Boing Boing | CNNThe Guardian | The New York Times |

Poetry Project Newsletter

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I may have failed to mention, but I’m editing the newsletter for The Poetry Project these days. The first one I did, #244, just got put online and is now available for download as a pdf.

I’m so grateful to the generous folks at University of Toronto for sharing this fantastic image with us. A naked centerfold was just what the newsletter needed.

© Allen Ginsberg Estate  – courtesy the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Allen Ginsberg Collection

endless possibilities

EnronI’ve got a poem up today at Delirious Hem for day 18 of this year’s advent calendar.

respect, communication, integrity, excellence (for Sherron Watkins)

I read it recently & realized that people have already forgotten about Sherron and Enron.

Remember Enron?

 

Below, a few links for the curious/interested:
NY Times: Text of Watkins’ Letter to Lay After Departure of Chief Executive | 1.16.2002
10 Enron Players: Where They Landed After the Fall | 1.29.2006
Time: Person of the Week: ‘Enron Whistleblower’ Sherron Watkins | 1.18.2002
Forbes: Sherron Watkins Had Whistle, But Blew It | 2.14.2002
The Guardian: The corporate conscience | 6.21.2003