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Monday, August 4, 2008

Gatherings of Poets

I wonder if anyone else every watches the gatherings of poets that we have at readings and speculates on how this interaction is creating new art, new work and visions of what a poem can be. At Sunday Joe's in Cleveland this past Sunday, we had poets from Cleveland, Toledo, Elyria, Lorain, Sandusky, and Huron, a wide range of works and approaches, and while it was going on I got this sense of crosss-polination happening. T.M. Gottl read her surrealistic visions, Toledo poets belted out their calls to Poetry, Huron folks spread the word of people along the lake. It was a real montage-collage, and it happens all the time. Don't underestimate the power of these gatherings. They connect us and make us new. Larry

3 comments:

jesus crisis said...

You're absolutely right, Larry!

I videoed much of the Sandusky event yesterday, and I hope to have some highlights from it posted on my blog at www.crisischronicles.com in the coming week. 'Twas a quite memorable afternoon....

larry said...

The thing about poetry gatherings is that they work on so many levels. When we have gathered the folks in Cleveland Poetry Scenes we often read from the "dead poets" as well, and the cross-currents are heard and felt. It's a good way to go, and it connects us all in a great ball of energy for the good. Larry

Jesus Crisis said...

Just an update...
In case anyone wants to see it and hasn't yet, I've posted the video of T.M. Göttl's featured reading at Joe Sundae's on my blog. Here's the link:

http://crisisblog.crisischronicles.com/2008/08/12/tm-göttl-video-live-in-sandusky-on-3-august-2008.aspx

Video of open mic highlights from that day will be coming soon.

Cited...

The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau