#poetry – tell me about it?!

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:I like that this list has suggestions for all sides – organizers, readers, and listeners. Doug Anderson made a great job with this short but important way how to put all d things in proper line. what do u think? 🙂

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  • .how to have a #poetry reading:

1) find a venue that is quiet enough so that the words can be heard. turn off all electronics.
2) order the poet’s books months in advance so that they will arrive on time.
3) consult the poet about publicity materials, bio, etc., because much of what is online is out of date.
4) pay the poet if possible, and if not, treat him/her with the utmost respect by doing the above.

  • .how to be a poet at a poetry reading:

1) show up on time.
2) show up sober
3) don’t be an asshole (e.g.; bitch about who’s going to read first).
4) don’t say nasty things about the poet reading with you.

  • .how to attend a poetry reading:

1) it is about listening. so listen.
2) don’t bring children who are too young to enjoy the reading and who will make noise.
3) turn off your cell phone
4) don’t talk during the reading; the poet is not a television set.
5) buy the damn books!

#100TPC – Something more than just [poetry] conference

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Well, 10 days since I returned from the first world conference organized by the global movement 100 Thousand Poets for Change and as the days are passing by more and more memories of beautiful moments from there are crossing trough my mind.

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Italy. It is always good to visit Italy. Although I have been several times, and the reason has always been art and Italy as one of the oldest civilizations in Europe shows that it can constantly be Medina of culture, and in this case a great country hosting the first world conference of the global movement “100 Thousand Poets for a change.” This case was special, not just because it is summer and not only because in summer the sea is beautiful. This time the cause of this trip was to be a special participation in the conference which certainly change my life. You may ask yourself how? In many ways, of course.

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First of all because the conference was an event that was organized for the very first time and I had the opportunity to meet many of the organizers around the world who create their own movement, its own events in their own countries and cities, which are part of the mission and the main purpose, aim of this unification and world poetry networking. This space would be small to share with you all the impressions of the trip, but it is important to emphasize that this movement and the people that are involved in it have demonstrated continuity of the mission and demonstrated his enduring goal: awakening of civilization for all separate problems coming from certain parts of the Earth. It is a wonderful feeling to meet poets, writers, artists and activists from many parts of the planet, the range is colorful, great respect for the representatives from Ghana, Nigeria, Mexico, India, Egypt, Australia, many parts of America, Europe, Africa and Asia but also a great sadness to learn about those who could not be present, could not attend because of their visa problems – a topic that was one of the most important of the conference, ie the right for free movement for all the people in the world.

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Being part of an event where you totally recognized your function and somehow you show your place in the society circle is “in small hand” (at least) creative and inspiring, but as well motivating, because I had the opportunity to speak about the problems that are facing our country and being heard from many who empathized and have the power of thought to stepping forward and face their environment with problems that are not (in) away from them. Talks with like-minded people are always welcome, and this time I had the opportunity to hear the problems of the others, at the same time to help in solving them with my opinion, similar experience or knowledge.

Roundtables, debates, screenings, performances, poetry readings, learning about the environment, visits to major (historical) places, tours, the whole plethora of activities have made this conference important for each participant and representative of their local activities related to the main mission of this movement.

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It is unique ability and desire to enter the core of the most important problems we are facing, that hurt us, to reach deeper to the basics of problem solving, to locate the essential tools and techniques that can solve some scars that we make as civilization, yes, to touch the heart of another, to recognize a friend, to store the new, valuable friendship and to seed hope that this is just the beginning. That’s what this movement has provided and for which we all care.

So much love, so much understanding, coexistence, mutual laughter, joy, singing, dancing, glee, celebrating poetry and word – so much beauty in one place. Salerno – warm piece on Earth with excellent hosts and organizers, with outstanding people and friends.

I wish this lasts longer, or to be able to bear more books at home, to be able to hear much more of the poetry that was read. I’d love to have more time to dedicate to everyone individually, to spend more time with everyone so I could meet with everyone personally, but for sure we create a bridge of friendship, we plant joy and we grow love.

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The voice of the poet may be suppressed by the roar of the crowd, but there is also the unique opportunity to be a force that will flood the crowd with truth. The truth that comes with the lyrics will never be in crisis, poetry always finds the right readers, while using the reflection of the poet’s life we grab the opportunity to recognize the whole big picture, the one that anyone can see as mirror of the (inner) world. “Prose expresses what (how) it is; and poetry what (how) should it be.” The poet perhaps have no force to solve the problems that plague the world, but for sure can write the road-map to address them!

Till the next time friends, it was a great pleasure to be part of this conference! ❤

Never published #haiku

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by Allen Ginsberg

Drinking my tea
without sugar-
no difference.

The sparrow shits
upside down
— ah! my brain & eggs

Mayan head in a
pacific driftwood bole.
— Someday I’ll live in N.Y.

Looking over my shoulder
my behind was covered
with cherry blossoms.

Winter Haiku

I didn’t know the names
of the flowers–now
my garden is gone.

I slapped the mosquito
and missed.
What made me do that?

Reading haiku
I am unhappy,
longing for the Nameless.

A frog floating
in the drugstore jar:
summer rain on grey pavements.
(after Shiki)

On the porch
in my shorts;
auto lights in the rain.

Another year
has past-the world
is no different.

The moon over the roof,
worms in the garden.
I rent this house.

The first thing I looked for
in my old garden was
The Cherry Tree.

My old desk:
the first thing I looked for
in my house.

My early journal:
the first thing I found
in my old desk.

My mother’s ghost:
the first thing I found
in the living room.

I quit shaving
but the eyes that glanced at me
remained in the mirror.

The madman
emerges from the movies:
the street at lunchtime.

Cities of boys
are in their graves,
and in this town…

Lying on my side
in the void:
the breath in my nose.

On the fifteenth floor
the dog chews a bone-
Screech of taxicabs.

A hardon in New York,
a boy
in San Fransisco.

[Haiku composed in the backyard cottage at 1624

Milvia Street, Berkeley 1955, while reading R.H.

Blyth’s 4 volumes, “Haiku.”]

~*~ source ~*~

dale_smith_ginsburg_howlingAllen Ginsberg

Renowned poet, world traveler, spiritual seeker, founding member of a major literary movement, champion of human and civil rights, photographer and songwriter, political gadfly, teacher and co-founder of a poetics school. Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) defied simple classification.

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