03 October 2011

Global Feature: 100,000 Poets for Change / Waverly Public Library and Beyond

Musing after reading Lyn Hejinian's "The Quest for Knowledge in the Western Poem," it occurred to me that our westward curiosities, seemingly mind-expanding (as in theoretical or philosophical), and at the same time physically culminating in the acquisition (in no fair means, of course) of a landmass that stretched from sea to sea, was also a site of enormous loss, that of indigenous peoples, those souls that had been here since the dawn of consciousness: their land, their homes, their language, their universe, gone in a matter of decades. And there’s that other scourge, American slavery, that went eastward and ripped millions from their homes, their only known universe, and took from them everything, their religion, their language, their families, even their souls. And I have this feeling that we're making the same blind plunge now eastward, in that zone of revolution and civil war called the Middle East, decrying, "Let the people choose for themselves!" but resonating suspiciously of, "as long as it's friendly toward the West." No matter how invested the West might be in the improvement of human rights, there's still a tinge of the (now) age-old "You're either with us or against us." All of this seems to suggest that autonomy is the last hope of any people, and autonomy means the preservation of all facets of life that is a culture. And it is a good thing that all cultures are, in relation, vastly different, but necessary, humanly necessary. But it is necessary for cultures to define themselves without any outside influence, however well-meaning it may seem, and no matter how outwardly contentious it may be to others. And it is with this in mind that I can solidly answer the question, “What is the purpose of change in your recordings project?” It is with the same vitality that Harry Matthews spent in his youth capturing the sound of America that I, without coercion or influence, ask America to speak from the heart, to define, in their words, not words imposed or constructed for the masses, what it means to be human in an inhuman time. And I think that the language of poetry is the language of honesty.

Here, below, is the voice of honesty. But first, check out our story in The Sun.

"Kids Saying 'Hello'"

A A Rupert

Adam Robinson

A Adar Ayira

Aileen Sabira

Amanda Youngbar

Anne Adele-White

Ashley Mears

Barbara Morrison


Blanche Cohen Sachs

Brenda Iijima

Carla Jean

Caryn Coyle

Chris Casamassima

Chris Mason

Chris Toll

Christina Luk

Christopher Rykel

Cindy Kelly and Jessica Morrison

Daniel Rowe


Dave Cavalier and Joe Keys

Dave Eberhardt

Dave K

Dean Smith

Doug Mowbray

Emily Skillings

Eric Elliott

Evie Shockley

Fernando Quijano III

Francesca Capone and Cariah Lily Rosberg

Hanna Badalova


Helen Vitoria

Ilene Lebson

J Hope Stein

Jacob Appelberg

Jamie Gaughran-Perez

Jayne French

Jason Ezell

Jasmine Ward

Joe Elliott

Joe Hall

Joe Stewart

Jon Patton

Josef Kaplan

Joseph Robinson

Juliana Grace

Juliana Guevara

Julie Fisher

Justin Sirois

Karen Morrison


Laksamee Putnam

Leigh Stein

Les Wade

Lily Herman

Lisa Woznicki

Lydia Cortes

Magus Magnus

Malcolm Favor

Mary Do

Mary Elizabeth Mays

Mary Olson

Matthew Falk

Melinda Bennington Abbott

Melissa Ravely

Michael Harris

Michael Frailey

Nadia Nasr

Nathan Dennies

Nayeli Garcia-Mowbray

Nora Sandler

Norman Hogeland

Pattie MacDonald

Paul Hendricks

Rachel Lyons


Ronna Lebo

Rosalind Heid

Roseanne Ullrich

Rupert Wondolowski

Ryan Eckes and Dan Yorty

Ryan Kistner

S J Fernandi

Sandy Kelman

Sarah Dunn

Sarah Jane Miller

Shana Gass

Sid Gold

Sophie Fisher

Stephanie Barber

Stephanie Gray

Stephen Mantanle

Susan Mowbray

Sylvia Kodis

Tantra Zawadi

Timmy Reed

Tony Hayes

Zserilyn Finney

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