Peace Is a Versatile Word

peace-world-peace-31167847-471-396Lynn Heritage, who is deeply involved in Wilmington’s local peace movement, was unable to make it to our September 30 event. But she kindly shared the piece she was planning to read: 

Peace is a versatile word in the English language…

It’s a noun: Peace is what we all want.

It’s a verb: They are ‘Peacing’ out at the park today.

An adjective: We’re holding a peaceful meeting this afternoon.

Adverb: They are active very peacefully.

For now, I like to think of Peace as a verb…it expresses an action, an occurrence, a state of being.

It creates motion…the process of being moved… as in…a movement of peace.

Or, an act of “Peacing”!

Old grammarians suggest that a sentence requires, at the very least, a finite verb.

A finite peace is an oxymoron because peace has no limits or bounds….

and that goes back to why I think of Peace as a verb…an infinite verb

an active verb with an agenda…to ignite a movement that will create

a world of people…. “Peacing” with one another….

Only then will our Mother Earth be at Peace…

And then, peace can go back to being a noun….a place called Home.

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A Successful Day of Poetry & Music

Thank you to all the poets who came and shared their work today! An appreciative audience was treated to an array of voices and styles, along with some original music, at two different venues—Old Books on Front Street and at the Cameron Art Museum—as Wilmington poets turned out to participate in the One Hundred Thousand for Change global event.

 

Just 5 Days to Go!

We’re counting down the days until Saturday, Sept. 30, when poets and musicians take the stage for an Open Mic at Old Books on Front Street. Please bring work that takes a hopeful spin on issues of peace, social justice, and the environment. This doesn’t mean you can’t be angry or passionate. We’re simply asking for work that offers a glimmer of hope (or more, if you’ve got it), rather than pieces that wallow in despair.

And if you’re not a poet or musician, then come to listen and support!

Here are a couple of Exquisite Corpse collaborations that were created last Saturday, as part of the lead-up to the big event. We experimented with a couple different techniques and, as usual, found the resulting poems to be surprising and delightful.

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Our First Two Exquisite Corpse Meetings

A wonderful turnout at Morning Glory coffee house last Saturday! We generated several collaborative poems, both long and short, using different methods of Exquisite Corpse. The second gathering, last night at the Community Arts Center, was smaller but no less exquisite! Here are some photos and poems generated. Keep in mind that there’s one more collaborative meeting, back at Morning Glory, on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1pm. Then the big open mic event at Old Books on Front Street on Sept. 30 from 11-1. Come join us!

 

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Poetry and Hope on Display in Wilmington

(Wilmington, NC – September 30, 2017)

Join us Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for “A Hopeful Body” at Old Books on Front Street, 249 N. Front St., Wilmington. This event features an open mic for poets and musicians, with backdrop displays of Surrealist-inspired collaborative poems. An official offshoot of the international 100 Thousand Poets for Change movement, which seeks to bring peace, sustainability, and justice issues to the forefront of the global conversation, the Wilmington version will focus on hope. Readers and singers from all over the region are welcome to share poems and songs that uplift and energize our community.

During the month of September, poets are invited to gather in Wilmington to produce large-scale “exquisite corpse” poems to be displayed at the open mic. Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative poetry game that traces its roots to the Parisian Surrealist Movement of the 1920s. All poets and writers, regardless of experience level or familiarity with Exquisite Corpse, are encouraged to participate. The three collaborations will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sept. 23 at Morning Glory Coffeehouse, 1415 Dawson St., and at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St. Writers may also bring poems to read and discuss.

A Hopeful Body is organized by two local writers, Craig Kittner and Elizabeth Gordon, with the goal of bringing creative people together in the spirit of hope. Kittner is a poet, playwright, and actor whose first book of poetry, Time’s Sweet Savor, was published in 2016. Gordon is an award-winning poet who holds an MFA in creative writing from Brown University and blogs at www.appalasianwriter.com.

Now in its seventh year, 100 Thousand Poets for Change was co-founded by poets Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion to advance environmental, social, and political causes. In this international event, over 100,000 poets and musicians will be reading and performing in cities all over the world on the same day, many at the same time.

For more information about A Body of Hope, go to www.100kpoets.wordpress.com, visit Facebook at 100Kpoetswilmington, or email elizabethanngordon@yahoo.com.

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Wilmington poets wanted

Poets around the world are planning individual events to take place simultaneously on September 30, 2017, in a demonstration/celebration of poetry and music to promote social, environmental, and political change. And Wilmington is participating once again!

Knowing that many negative things have come out of North Carolina as of late, and that change cannot occur if we are hopeless, Wilmington’s event will focus on hope.

Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope — not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower; nor the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness, which creak on shrill and angry hinges; nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of ‘Everything is gonna be all right.’
— Victoria Safford

To prepare for the global event day, poets Craig Kittner and Elizabeth Gordon will host three gatherings throughout September to bring creative people together in the spirit of hope. Through exquisite corpse games, we will create poems to uplift and energize our community. At 11:00 am on Saturday, September 30, we will come together at Old Books on Front Street, to display and read the resulting poems. Music and additional readings will also be shared. If you’re a poet who would like to join in striking a positive spark for peace, sustainability and justice, we hope you’ll join us!

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