Buffalo News-Buffalo to participate in 100 Thousand Poets for Change

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from About.com Bob Holman and Margery Snyder

Poets for Change

About.com Guides  June 29, 2011
http://poetry.about.com/b/2011/06/29/poets-for-change.htm
By Bob Holman & Margery Snyder

 

You may read that headline and ask, “What kind of change? And which poets?” And on September 24, 2011, the answers to your questions will be many and worldwide. The idea sparked by our friend Michael Rothenberg of Big Bridge is to inspire the global community of poets to get together not in a single place but on a single day, to do poetry for the sake of whatever kind of change they believe is most needed, in locally organized events all over the planet. It seems clear that to the organizers, “change” is a code word for progressive social movement towards peace, tolerance and sustainability—but the beauty of the concept of 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE is that it is completely decentralized and completely inclusive. So the answer to “which poets?” is whichever poets want to participate, and the answer to “what change?” is whatever change those poets want to move toward.

In an interview with Heidi Lynn Staples of Poets for Living Waters, Rothenberg has defined the change he expects to see in this way:

“The first order of change is for poets, writers, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street, let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. I think it will be empowering…”

Empowering indeed—the Web site is already showing 283 events planned in 63 countries for September 24, so the day may well live up to its name and involve 100,000 poets. Red Slider has set up Poems for Change, an index of poems to be shared at the Poets for Change events. Anny Ballardini and Obododimma Oha are working with Rothenberg to edit an anthology of visual artwork, poems, poetic fiction, poetic nonfiction, and photographs to be published in conjunction with the September events. Visit 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE to find out what’s happening near you, or to join in and organize something yourself.

 

 

Examiner.com- Los Angeles

100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE

LOS ANGELES POETS UNITE!

Saturday, September 24 · 11:30am – 11:30pm

A Global Event created by Founder Michael Rothenberg (see below) is growing at a rapid rate daily.  The poets of 265 Cities and 59 Countries across the globe are enthusiastically gathering, planning and writing to speak about “Change”.

An event such as this is history in the making; Stanford University is now committed to archiving it’s progress through the main website: http://www.100tpc.org

Poetry is the catalyst. It inspires creative solution. Poetry can only speak truth. It is based in love and compassion for every living thing that has inherited the Breath of Life. ~Yvonne de la Vega

LOS ANGELES POETRY FOR CHANGE ORGANIZERS CONTACT: losangelespoetsforchange@gmail.com

What is an L.A. Poet?

To define the outstanding persona and quest of the L.A. poet would entail a recalling of the history of the city itself.

Los Angeles is rich with stories of an untold history, stories that tell of the humanistic aspect of plight in regard to oppression, racism and the slow progress of change.  These social conditions are the very soil and social fertilization that cultivates the prophetic expression that only the poet can deliver.

If you study the rise of the Los Angeles Boosters, and the violence it took to create this mecca in a dry desert wasteland, there’s no wonder that film noir originated here. Go even further back to during the war between the United States and Mexico in 1846. Los Angeles was occupied by an American garrison, but the citizens drove the fifty-man brigade out of town.

Because of the city’s history, Johnston McCully recreated the early days of Los Angeles finding it to be the perfect place from where his fictional hero “Zorro” arose,  a hero and legend that fought in defense of whom? THE PEOPLE!

All in all, poets fight the Good Fight, and the Los Angeles poet is one that uniquely bonds to his fellow poet. There is love, honor and camaraderie between them.  So now, with this history in mind, add the demographic of Los Angeles as the entertainment capital of the world, and not only do you get a voice that calls for Change, but also one that is also delivered with stage presence, charisma, and a delivery that is convincing and entertaining.

Los Angeles poets know, or know of one another and have for decades.  Most have helped others with the organization of an event, sometimes supporting without having to be on the bill. This support and cameraderie is rooted in the love and for the sake of the Spoken Word. This is just one of the beautiful things about the Los Angeles poet.

Charles Bukowski stands out in our minds amongst the best poets of modern poetry. He wasn’t really one of the Beat Poets, although his readers like to romantically place him amongst them. Hank was different, he spoke with a rolling realism and a subtle humor beneath every bottom line and the difference between Bukowski and the Beats is, Charles Bukowski was an L.A. poet full on, full out, through and through. It is his realism and sincerity,  however cynical, that has attracted many to his poetry and short stories.  Of course… he was an L.A. Poet.  LA POETS UNITE!

On September 24,  a global grassroots event titled, 100 Thousand Poets For Change will take place in more than 245 cities and 55 countries worldwide. It’s going to be a definitive day for all of humankind and history in the making. Many topics of change and the need for change will be presented from the voices of the people, represented by the voice of humankind: the poets.

In Los Angeles, each organizer will host a one and a half hour poetry reading. The readings will be hosted back to back from noon to midnight. – There will be four booked bands featured before each quarter of the event. The L.A. poet organizers of The Los Angeles Poets For Change are:

Michael RothenbergFounder of 100 Thousand Poets For Change. A poet, songwriter, editor and publisher of Big Bridge. With Michael’s vision, poets of the world are coming together for the first time in history! In Los Angeles, some of the finest poets of the city will speak to our brothers and sisters, our children, our neighbors and especially to our Nation’s Leaders.

 

 

WORLDWIDE HIPPIES

100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE

2011 MAY 3
tags: ,WWH – Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion don’t just dream about making things happen — they inspire to change the world. These poets and activists have planned a community action event that stretches across the globe. The Editors of Big Bridge Magazine want to take it off the page and take it to the streets. 

The event invites poets, writers, and artists of all kinds to get together to create and perform, educate, and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world.

“This will change how we see our local community and the global community,” said Rothenberg. “We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. I think it will be empowering.”

Rothenberg said the event was planned to promote political and social change, siting the troubles that plague us here and around the world, wars, ecocide, the lack of affordable medical care, racism, and the list goes on.

“It appears that transformation towards a more sustainable world is a major concern and could be a global guiding principle for this event,” Rothenberg said. “Peace also seems to be a common cause. War is not sustainable. There is an increasing sense that we need to move forward and stop moving backwards.”

He said he is not trying to be dogmatic, but instead hoping that together we can develop our ideas for the change/transformation.

100 Thousand Poets for Change is scheduled for September 24, 2011, and will include readings, demonstrations, and concerts happening simultaneously throughout the world in the name of poetry and change. It will be televised.

100 Thousand Poets for Change will organize “participants” by local region, city, or state, and find individuals in each area who would like to organize their local event.

If you are an organizer for your community this means that first you will consider a location for the event and begin to contact people in your area who want to participate in the event. Participation means contacting the media, posting the event on the web, in calendars, newspapers, etc., reading poems, performing in general, supplying cupcakes and beer (it’s up to you), demonstrating, putting up an information table, inviting guest speakers, musicians, etc., organizing an art exhibit, and documenting the event (this is important, too), and cleaning up, of course.

Organizers and participants will create their own local events as an expression of who they are locally. Do they want a candlelight vigil or a circus, a march or a dance, do they want absolute silence, a group meditation on a main street? It’s up to the local organization. However, groups should be sure to hold some part of the event, if not all of it, outdoors, in public view. The point is to be seen and heard, not just stay behind closed walls. It is also important that the event be documented. Photos, videos, poems, journals, paintings! Documentation is crucial. The rest of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change want to hear what you have to say about change and enjoy your creativity, too. An event doesn’t have to involve tons of people. It can be just you (the organizer) and your pet, on a street corner, with a sign. Just let Michael or Terri know what you are planning. Every effort counts!

Each local organization determines what it wants to focus on, something broad like peace, sustainability, justice, equality, or more specific causes like health care, freedom of speech, or local environmental or social concerns that need attention in your particular area right now. Organizations will then come up with a mission statement/manifesto that describes who they are and what they think and care about. When the whole event has taken place all the mission statements can be collected from around the world.

 

http://www.worldwidehippies.com/2011/05/03/100-thousand-poets-for-change/