Cecilia Vicuna’s Spit Temple

spittemple-fullsizeEvery writer I know looks forward to clutching the hallmark of her achievement. A rectangular paginated object is proof of years of a verbal mind at work, the book a harvest of a writer’s dedication.

We value concrete objects. We trust what we can hold and weigh in our hands, an object that stands the test of time. Tangible evidence, books secure us a place in culture and, by extension, the mind. Removing a book from the shelf and reading, an easy enough action, we open to a world that unfolds at our fingertips. The written word receives such respect that Continue reading

Live Writing

live-writing 2When invited to read my poetry for the 40th anniversary and new location of Living Arts in Tulsa Oklahoma September 2009, I was in the country only a few weeks from a year working in S. Korea. The artistic director and a committee of artists of various disciplines designed an interactive, inter-participatory, intra-media fluxus style party called Kubos-Tesseract. While an ocean away from home and immersed in an unfamiliar language and culture, I wrote no poetry. I welcomed the Kubos-Tesseract invitation to Continue reading

100 Thousand Poets for Change

A historic global poetry event is about to take place!

To date, 650 events in 450 cities and 95 countries will take place on September 24 to promote environmental, social, and political change through poetry. Poets, writers, and artists will create, perform and demonstrate in their communities with a focus on peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Poetry demonstrations are being organized in political hotspots such as Madison, Wisconsin and Cairo, Egypt. Poetry and peace gatherings are planned in strife-torn Kabul and Jalalabad. In Mexico there are over 30 events, with 18 poetic actions in Mexico City. Find out what’s happening in your city or offer to organize an event.

Poet and founder Michael Rothenberg started 100 Thousand Poets for Change. He wanted to direct attention to dialog and poetry and away from violent actions and rhetoric.

I’m asking that Richmond poets and readers of poetry — teachers, students, and all poetic word lovers — get involved by participating in Chalking for Poetry.

Find a poem or create one. Choose a poem that celebrates positive living and a sustainable vision for the future. We’ll meet at Cafe Ole (2901 W. Cary St.) in Carytown from noon to 3 on Saturday, September 24. Chalk your poem in the parking lot or along the sidewalk. Get a friend or stranger to join in. Start a conversation. Share your love for poetic expression and your hopes for the planet.

If you can’t make it to Cafe Ole, write the poem on a wall, playground, or any other welcome public space. Take a picture and include it in the official website. (Scroll down on the right to find Richmond VA.) All material is being cataloged at Stanford University.