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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