September 28th: Stone Soup Participates in 100 Thousand Poets for Change 2013

Stone Soup is helping to host another annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change event. In the wake of recent national and global events, we feel it's more important than ever to continue this forum. We will be holding it from 11:00 to 3:00 at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery.  We are planning to have an open mice with extended forums. Depending on the number of people in the audience, we will give you 10-15 minutes to feature your work. Less is fine.We will be filming for the 100 Thousand Poets for Change web site, and poet Joe Gouveia should be on hand to interview and record for his Provincetown radio show.

From the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Web site by Michael Rothenberg:

The first order of change is for poets, writers, musicians, 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.

And of course there is the political/social change that many of us are talking about these days. There is trouble in the world. Wars, ecocide, the lack of affordable medical care, racism, the list goes on. We are only asking that local organize events about change within the guidelines of peace and sustainability.

It appears that transformation towards a more sustainable world is a major concern and could be a global guiding principle for this event. 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. But I am trying not to be dogmatic. I am hoping that together we can develop our ideas of the “change/transformation” we are looking for as a group, and that each community group will decide their own specific area of focus for change for their particular event.

We're also happy to announce that Joe Gouveia, host of the Poets Corner radio show out of WOMR-FM Provincetown, is planning to come to the event to record it and other poets for his show.