For DC Poets and Other Activists

I think that the Split This Rock Poetry Festival sounds like a good one.  Here’s some of the thought behind the event:

Poets have long played a central role in movements for social
chaPoetry_festival_march_2023nge. Today, at a critical juncture in our country’s history, poetry
that gives voice to the voiceless, names the unnameable, and speaks
directly from the individual and collective conscience is more
important than ever. The festival will explore and celebrate the many
ways that poetry can act as an agent for change: reaching across
differences, considering personal and social responsibility, bearing
witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience through
language, imagining a better world.

A change in the overall political and social climate – a paradigm
shift – cannot occur without poetry and the arts. Poets speak to the
heart, where change originates. Poets give meaning to otherwise
desperate situations. Poets break silence, a collective silence that
becomes dangerous, the kind of silence that can surround actions like
those at Abu Ghraib. Poets like those to be featured in this festival
write about these situations and give voice to our horror, as well as
our humanity. Poetry and the arts are also vital to youth development
and empowering young people to speak out and have confidence in their
voices. Our intention is to bridge differences in our city and literary
community: to place on the same stage poets who work primarily on the
page and poets who write primarily for performance; gay and straight
poets; African American, Latino, Asian, white, and Native poets; young
poets and older poets; poets with disabilities; poets of all social
classes.

I like the manifesto.  Are you planning to participate?
I wish I could.

One thought on “For DC Poets and Other Activists

  1. I like the manifesto, too. I saw this group at the AWP, stopped at their table and talked w/ them abt. the similarity in their name to that of the Split Rock Arts Program in Duluth. Not the same.

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