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"Do you want to join other poets around the USA and across the planet in a demonstration/celebration of poetry to promote serious social and political change? 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE is organizing a global event for September 24, 2011. If you think you would like to participate or organize your own event, please sign up on Facebook or contact 100 Thousand Poets for Change at walterblue@[sign in to see URL]."

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Hi Libra,

Thanks for the info. I followed the link and discovered there is an event scheduled for my area.
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Now this is a good idea. Thanks, libra.

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Update:

Poets for change! In over 265 cities and 58 countries (that’s so far), poets are organizing events, demonstrations, and workshops for September 24, 2011, under the hopeful eyes of poet and editor Michael Rothenberg, “as part of a global initiative to celebrate/demonstrate poetry and address issues of peace and sustainability.”

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How Poets and Words Burn Truth into Love
by Aberjhani
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.


Presented in tribute to the 100 Thousand Poets for Change initiative, and dedicated to all those struggling at this time in history for life, love, peace in the world, and peace within themselves.

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It happened like it did two thousand years ago
on a hot Sunday morning. And just last weekend:
she woke up gagging on clots of chocolate blood;
he failed to drink, or scream, himself into a blue coma.
Another marveled for hours at the taste
of rain seducing the full length of his tongue.
And still one more–– dropped to her knees weeping
at the scent of a sunrise whirling from her stereo.

The difference this time was the light of purpose
that wrapped and pulled their bones like
incandescent lovers to an unknown naked shore.

It happened the way hidden miracles must:
her tears boiled into an ink of indigo revelation;
his soul slapped his mind sober, demanding
he respect these gifts of gold from his spirit.
Another pointed at the astonished moon and
smeared rainbow-colored rhymes across its face.
And still one more inhaled time’s scented tunes––
exhaled songs of earth giving birth to emerald wonder.

The enemy, clearly, was the fanged nightmare––
of famine, of war and racism, of rape and terrorism…
that walked in human skin while chomping human heads.

Like new stars exiting the Milky Way’s trembling belly,
or eagles tasting sky for the first time: that is how it happened.
She looks at what she wrote and sighs, “Oh, thank youuuu.”
He licks the verbs flavoring his lips and moans, “Yes, yes…”
Another stares at midnight-rainbow syllables etched
like neon tattoos upon the moon’s ancient-infant face.
One more spins inside the music of the mystery
of how poets and words burn truth into love.

The difference now is one hundred thousand of them
pulsing the lyrical flame of their wills to make a difference,
welding stanzas into actions that heal broken lives.


by Aberjhani
©1 September, 2011
 



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Autumnal Vision

Wind, rain: a snuggle under the covers morning
Dreamtime --
 "dreaming of the way things might have been"?
Someone asked: What short of revolution could remake
 the world to be
    more fair, peaceful, more encouraging of love?
My new mantra: "lighten up":
 Eyes upward, facing mysteries of stars and heavens
 Heart lightened, to more merry, merry be
 I lighten the load to my aching shoulders, and find
   worlds of light and joy easier to carry
 I look to ancient wisdoms to enlighten my soul

        And I laugh, lightly, brightly,
   let loose too tightly inheld breath of
  fear/hate/judgment.
Breathing freely, I inhale
 the exhilarating scent of changing leaves



Power

What is power?
Power is a word.
Power is an idea.
The Word is power.
The Idea is power.
Power is a distribution of energy, wealth, strength:
 Physical, material, mental, metaphysical,
  social.
Power is that which allows us,
 Or we allow others, to have
sway over their/our actions, emotions, limitations.
Power is a rush of air, of water, of electrons,
 of words,
 of weapons, of will
-- the force behind movement
 or stasis.



Study War No More

What lesson can be applied?
When imperialist troops crash down upon a people's pride?
When might as right meets the instinct to survive?
When Midas greed lashes out to destroy?
We've been here before, o my brethren, o my children --
repeating the fouled lessons poured into our thirsty minds,
pushing back the horror before our eyes with blinding rage
forged into weapons by mortal foes
who hide in plain sight.
The only thing I know --
The lesson repeating agony in all our souls,
Haunted by the pleading eyes and bloody hearts
Of the slaughtered sacrifices to malignant gods --
There is something vital here to learn.



Between

There are places
beyond time and space
where we don't even know
we wander
delicately balanced
between what could be
and what we will allow.



Feudal Diffraction

It's not the color chart; it's the hierarchy.
Hoarders of permission slips for resources
thereby decide what gets done,
which brick gets laid, or even fired,
who lives well-rewarded,
who scrapes til they no longer get by.
It's not our dna that compels stupidity.
Perhaps it's a kind of manic compulsion,
depressive obsession,
mass psychosis,
St. Vitus line-dancing to a poisoned
caller's tune.
What to do?
Meme-web reconstruction in increments
paradigm warping mindwaves
realigning the pulsing macrosphere/microsphere
benign gibberish cyphoning through?
Take back your time.
Take back your right to self-valuation.
Take back your place
outside of the lines.
If our needs, self-fulfilling desires, greater
ecstatic glory and grace
are to be based
on solid infrastructure,
on fruitful interplay,
on free and freeing expression,
let us take hands in
an undulating, beatific dance
moving in multi-rhythmed
direction.
Let us be and do and feel
that which gives us permission
to be whole.



I Am Geni

Imagine
I am geni
Lifting
a veil
between
endless time
and the boundaries
of the permitted.
 
Imagine
worlds unseen
craft them, weave them
create a design
a designation
to allow
ever new
images
comfortable access.
 
Imagine
an engine
of becoming.
 


Manifestation Ritual

Create the vision.
Move into it.
Live there.
Feel it growing through you.
Play with it,
seeing it from a wide range of perspectives.
Delight in it.
Laugh, dance, weep.
Sing it out loud.
Sing it softly as a lullaby.
Now, slowly or quickly or however it feels right,
create a stairway.
Name each stair.
Give each a folder of possibilities,
more and more complete, concrete, living.
Live out the life of your stairway,
allowing it to lead you to the promises
you would have made yourself and your vision
as you became lovers entwined.


Pangea

My country is Peace
People of Peace
are my compatriots
Warriors of Peace
move human energy,
resources, time, minds
with weapons of art
active compassion
respect for the dignity of each and all
Words of Peace
speak beyond structured language
sharing profoundly
in joy
graceful dancing
to music of each dawn
enlivening Peace


on the threshold

before the eclipse
before the dawn
before we are given our missions,
sent forward in time
we must be ready
without map or guidebook to prepare
we must rise to the challenge
endure the patience to exercise
control over every capillary,
every synapse,
every fiber of our being

it's not in the believing, but
the seeing
a better world needs a new kind
of ware
be a ware
for peace, for change,
for consciousness
before the wake



Ringing the Changes

Seconds of afterlight, Sun lapsed into horizon
Quiet of new snow, cold blanket to trees, roofs, road
Gentle twilight, before the night, before all the freeze of laughter,
bubbling partying, high hats and hands, desperate to ignite,
to touch ice to ice and become.
New Year searching forward, blind drunken eyes behind,
leaking distilled tears denied. We are jolly good one and all.
Revels, broken lyrics, misremembered, misunderstood;
gladly clapping hand against back, strapping together to
keep upright, sloshing through traffic mottled snow
slipping together, sliding to raucous tune,
old fools' show, commemorative legends to pull out over
brandy and fire.
Resolutions and revelations.
Look into the molten glass, sparking visions
Clean star twinkles ask not, glorying in terpsichore,
no written lines obscure wide sky, open beyond horizon
mistily expanding into rolling sea. Drink to the season,
to oblivion, to ecstasies bequeathed in excess emotion,
rolling, amniotic, amnesia of expectation. Breathe --
vestigial gills awaken.
This is the first measure of the first movement
a pirouette, a dervishly delightfilled whirl.
Cast upon this rocky estuary, dance inner wise
third eye calling dawn into destiny.



duelity

Duality, dichotomy, antipathy
All we see is
black and white
wrong and right
day and night
running blind into sharp edges
unneeded bloodshed
See: the world round, encompassing dimensions



In Memoriam

Oh my children
Not so very long ago
probably in many places still
we lived in communities
in which we had pride and dignity
Small enough for everyone to
know your name
Large enough for a diverse
resource of skills
and personalities
Caring, squabbling, challenging
as family
Able to leap tall edifices
and find a way when a way
must be found
Entrenched in lessons of former days
while planning for breaking future ground
Not just a pretty myth
like solidarity of kith and kin
Community, living within
a solid sphere,
a social network of mutual support
often said to be what we are here for
(I hear you sneer; you who tear down magic,
hope, and love)
It could be, community,
our prayed for cure (balancing salvation)
to the follies of humanity's
deadly love
of war



Prologue

Sun and Moon embrace
as one
for brief eternity
all mystery within

Black and White
create gradation
radiate kinetic energy
We can achieve
believe, begin, begin, begin

Gardeners, planting flowers,
planting food,
planting souls in
nurturing soil

Healers
perceiving wounds
to be sewn
relieving loneliness
revealing pain
held in, denied
twisting ardent toil

Teachers
admiring their wards
finding with them
questions, keys and doors;
realizing history is only destiny
when explorations cease;
invitations from space and time
come complete
with choices

A choir of voices
from softest spark
to fervent blaze
Troops of effervescent players
Symphonies,
drums at dawn
Inspiration and instruction
carried forth through song and stage
vibrant murals painting onward age to age
Taking up the challenge of the tale
that twists, turns, meanders
providing kaleidoscopic opportunity
ever to begin again


Body Language


Teach Peace
Dancing in the classroom
Body wisdom
Reaches through neural pathways
regenerates whole to whole
soul to soul
touching life
exactly
I feel you in my mind, my spine
Feel me dancing
elongating muscles
extending connections



Storytellers
 
We need to make up stories
to be able to create realities.
That's what separates sapien
from beast.
 
Speak to the feast
or famine.
Sage, carnie, beggar
Come to the play!
 
There was a Roman soldier bored with war,
with whores, with bloody babies.
Hoping to escape, he wrote a history,
moved into
his Holy fantasy.
It's but a Shangri-La, a piper's dream.
Metal men, formed from clay,
scream upon fields of battle,
when nerves
catch up with senses.
Soothed with martial melodies,
gratefully serve.

Listen, oh little one.
The wind will catch you up as you sleep.
You won't remember when you wake, weeping,
how small, insignificant you are. Mommy assures,
you're her own little star. Demons alone explain
your terror. You determine
to do better. You soothe yourself with stories.
You spin a tale of love within a dance.
You spin yourself the center of romance,
a home, a fortress, an emptiness fulfilled.
 
Like a child counting fireflies,
alive in the darkened air,
dare to immerse with sparkling wonder,
to share
more beautiful stories.



Acts of Magick

If it is to be done,
We must go out and do it
Action, once begun,
Has beauty and power to it
Aiming true to course
Needs thought and reflection
Feed movement from the source
Of our yearn toward perfection

The play is never done
Each and every one
Performing through their part
Reinvents our start

So join the song, and sing your tune
Dance strong beneathe a rousing Moon
Another day, another seed
Bursts out into the Sun


Rallying


The Secret to Happiness ~ We Are Happening!
Find what brings you alive; and do it.
(not what "I should" to prove that "I'm good," or good
at being bad)
Maybe meet people enjoying it too;
they who give layered texture to our view,
expand our field of play.
Lather, rinse, repeat
as necessary.
Take it out to the street when necessary.
Do what you need to be
what you want to see.
Do what only you can.
Make this happening grand!
Do it today.
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For September 29th, 2012, Michael and Terri are organizing a 100 TPC Headquarters Event in San Francisco (or in another city to be determined as we get closer to the event date), which will be the centerpiece for what will be happening worldwide.

They will host and manage, at a venue TBA, a 100 TPC Live Stream Space where the general public will gather to watch poetry readings and interact with other 100 TPC events as they happen all over the planet! They will also broadcast events from places like Australia, Malaysia and China where September 29th is actually September 28th in the US.

At the local level, poets, musicians and other artists will be invited to perform and display their art for 100 TPC Headquarters Event continuous live stream broadcast sent out to the rest of the world!

There will be live Skype sessions with poet organizers from around the world, as well as interviews and conversations with participants and audiences.

Michael and Terri's event will connect diverse cultures and populations, helping poets and artists of all kinds share their artistic visions, their unique work, and their passions for a better world through poetry and art.

Michael and Terri will be working tirelessly all day and night on September 29th, on site, and online monitoring hundreds of livestream sessions at the 100TPC Webstream Hub, which is used for connecting and documenting livestream activity around the world.

Making this Headquarters Event a reality will require quite a few things that cost money, which is why Michael and Terri need your help!

"What kind of things?" you might ask...

Well, expenses for things like tech support for the live streams, sound support, and equipment like computers and monitors to broadcast simultaneous events, as well as fees for online publication, web hosting & design and overall promotional expenses for the worldwide event, such as the creation of press releases, people to help with mailings, and other marketing costs. Phew!

[sign in to see URL] University Libraries has volunteered to archive all the multi-media documentation produced on September 29th, as well as the complete [sign in to see URL] website content as a part of its LOCKSS program, so assistance will be needed after the event to prepare all these wonderful new materials for the historical archive at Stanford!

How Does the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Global Event Work?

That is a very good question. Basically, change within the framework of peace and sustainability is the guiding principle for this beautiful global event. Diverse communities around the world, through simultaneous events, can come together to voice their concerns and work on solutions.

Organizers focus on an issue that is of great importance to their community and then organize an event that uses poetry, film, music, visual art, dance, or any combination of the arts, to bring attention to their concerns. The focus can be on global warming, racism, war, poverty, crime, literacy, or hunger.

Poets historically have been called the “unacknowledged legislators” of the world and poems have often spread the real news. Right now, poets worldwide are picking up the mantle and organizing to spread the news that matters most to them.

Michael and Terri were in awe of the events that occurred worldwide on September 24th, 2011. Local and independent news media and larger outlets such as The Huffington Post really helped to spread the word. Bob Holman and Margery Snyder, in an article on [sign in to see URL] said, “…the beauty of the concept of 100 Thousand Poets for Change is that it is completely decentralized and completely inclusive.”

Over 650 events in 95 countries took place for 100 TPC 2011. There were events in India, Italy, Jamaica, Hungary, Mongolia, Cuba, Iran and Afghanistan, and in over 300 American cities. In Mexico there were over 30 events, with over 18 poetic actions in Mexico City, where poets as well as environmental and political activists hoped to encourage reflection and creative responses against systemic violence through the written and the spoken word with day long street events, readings and workshops.

In Mumbai, India there was a multilingual poetry reading hosted by the Culture Beat and Mumbai Press Club, which included music, and participation by poets writing in English, as well as Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Sindhi and other Indian languages.

Legendary Beat poet Michael McClure, as well as 15 other international poets, read at a 100TPC event in Venice, Italy.

2,000 people showed up in Budapest from all over Hungary gathering for the first time for the largest single poetry reading ever in that country.

In Volos, Greece, there were 4 days of poetry readings and music concerts, culminating in a day-long event on the city’s promenade were images were projected on a screen by the main stage with messages against financial corruption and oppression in the world.

Poetry and peace gatherings took place in strife-torn Kabul and Jalalabad, Afghanistan and in political hotspots such as Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, and Madison, Wisconsin.

And the list goes on, and on...

Please help fund Michael and Terri's 100 TPC Headquarters Event on Sept. 29th, 2012. Please make a donation now and help to sustain the momentum for 100 Thousand Poets for Change, 2012.

Co-Founder Michael Rothenberg is a widely known poet, editor of the online literary magazine [sign in to see URL] and an environmental activist based in Northern California.

Co-Founder Terri Carrion is a poet, photographer and visual designer for [sign in to see URL].

100 TPC on Wikipedia

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Contact: Michael Rothenberg
email: walterblue@[sign in to see URL]
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SEPT. 29th, 2012
650 Events – 110 Countries Confirmed So Far!

Visit the BLOG 2012 to search the Sept. 29th, 2012 Event Locations Index by Country & City!
100 THOUSAND POETS & MUSICIANS for CHANGE 2012

Sign Up to organize an event!

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Thanks for the update and reminder, libra.
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from my inbox:

Dear Friends of 100 Thousand Poets for Change,

We are getting closer and closer to the big September 28 global celebration of 100 Thousand Poets for Change and many of you have not yet confirmed your participation. Please let me know as soon as possible if you wish to organize an event in your town so we can set up an archive page for you on the 100TPC website.

And don't forget, Stanford University has determined that 100 Thousand Poets for Change is an historic movement and Stanford will continue in their efforts to document all aspects of the movement. Please make sure to take lots of photos and videos, make posters, send documents with poetry to me after the event! Send anything you think should be part of the archives! Also, post all documentation on your blog page at [sign in to see URL] or send them to me at walterblue@[sign in to see URL]. We will help you archive your materials and share them all around the internet so people know more about your community, your visions, your hopes and dreams for the future!

This is going to be a very great year for the 100 Thousand Poets for Change movement. Year 3!

It is always an honor to work with you. Look forward to hearing from you soon!

SIGN UP HERE!
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Peace and Love,

Michael and Terri
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from my email inbox today:

Dear 100 Thousand Poets for Change Organizers,

It's time to begin signing up 100 Thousand Poets and Artists for Change events for September 27, 2014!!!

If you are going to organize an event in your city please reply to this email and add the following statement to the Subject Line:

'YES I WANT TO PARTICIPATE"

¡SÍ, YO QUIERO PARTICIPAR!!!

Once we hear back from you we will be happy to sign you up!

It looks like this year's 100TPC will be bigger and better than last!! So far nearly 300 events have been confirmed for 2014!

Thank you for all of your hard work and friendship.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Peace and love,




Michael Rothenberg & Terri Carrion

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Thank you, Libra.

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Dear 100 Thousand Poets for Change Organizers,


It's time to begin signing up 100 Thousand Poets and Artists for Change events for September 27, 2014!!!


If you are going to organize an event in your city please reply to this email and add the following statement to the Subject Line:


'YES I WANT TO PARTICIPATE"


 ¡SÍ, YO QUIERO PARTICIPAR!!!


Once we hear back from you we will be happy to sign you up!


It looks like this year's 100TPC will be bigger and better than last!! So far nearly 300 events have been confirmed for 2014!


Thank you for all of your hard work and friendship.


We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Peace and love,


Michael Rothenberg
Terri Carrion


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Dear 100 Thousand Poets and Musicians for Change Organizers,




We are happy to announce that your 2014 Event Page is ready at the 100 Thousand Poets for Change BLOG!




HOW DO I FIND MY BLOG PAGE?




1) Go to the 100 TPC BLOG at: [sign in to see URL]




2) Once you are at the 100 TPC BLOG, look on the right sidebar for the SEARCH prompt and enter the name of your city and it will take you to all of the events in that city for the past several years. Your new event blog page should be there. Just scroll down to locate it. If you can’t find the page please let us know.

 

HOW DO I POST ON MY EVENT BLOG PAGE?




There are 2 ways to post on your Event Blog Page.




As a regular subscriber, you can type comments, announcements, etc. directly in the LEAVE A REPLY box at the bottom of the page You can also upload images and other types of files using the Choose File button below the box. Take note of the brief instructions Once you have typed your message and or uploaded a file from your computer, click on the “post comment” button to post. (All comments need to be approved so your post will not appear on the page right away).

3. If you have edited a blog in Wordpress Dashboard before and are familiar with the editing process, please send a request to become an AUTHOR. This will allow you more creative control of your Event Page. Send your request to Terri at tere67@[sign in to see URL] with AUTHOR REQUEST in the subject line of the email.

If you were already signed up as an AUTHOR for your page last year, then you will have access to your new 2014 page with your old login and password. If this is not the case, or if you have forgotten your password, please email Terri and she will be happy to update your AUTHOR status for your 2014 Event Page.




PROBLEMS?




If you can't find your city please let us know. It is possible that we have made a mistake and we will be happy to correct the mistake right away.

 

Thank you for your incredible patience. We have now over 700 event pages representing 100 countries and that number is growing daily.

We are sure that September 27, 2014 will a great day for poets artists around the world. We look forward to hearing all about your plans and you!




Feel free to contact us any time with questions. We are here to help.




Peace and love,




Michael and Terri

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From: Michael Rothenberg
 
 
Dear Friends of 100 Thousand Poets for Change,

Only 26 days left until the global 100 Thousand Poets for Change Event but it is still not too late to sign up to organize an event in your town.

So far we have confirmed that there are over 500 events taking place in 100 countries. This year will be the best year yet with plans for readings, music and dance concerts, theater performances, street actions and online events. We also want to send out a warm welcome all the new organizers who have joined us this year for the first time! Thank you!

We are proud of the success of 100 Thousand Poets for Change over the past 5 years in its efforts to build community and bring poets and artists together from around the world. We continue to believe that by keeping our focus on Peace, Sustainability and Justice, we can, together, help redirect the narrative of civilization towards a more sustainable future.

If you want to organize an event in your town, just reply to this letter by inserting, “YES, I WANT TO ORGANIZE" in the subject line and I will sign you up.

Or you can sign up at the following link on the 100 Thousand Poets for Change website: [sign in to see URL]

Thank you again for your many years of participation and support. It is an honor, as ever, to be working with you all.

Peace and love,

Michael and Terri

100 Thousand Poets for Change

ps. we have many events scheduled for October so if you can't put an event together for September you are welcome to sign up now for October!
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"Our mission here today as poets, writers, artists, photographers, musicians and friends is a sort-of fission for change—a burning with and expression of the desire for peace, environmental and economic sustainability, social justice, inclusion, equity and opportunity for all. We seek through our art to do a bit of old-fashioned consciousness raising, to stimulate thought and action leading to the kind of change that is sustainable, compassionate and just, and to engage in the important theme of the issues facing humanity today—but all with a goal to alleviate suffering and foster peace. We don’t want to just “talk about it,” we want words, art and music that help us take action in some way for positive change wherever we are in our lives, in our world."


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