Tonight I participated in a global poetry event; 100,000 Poets For Change. There was something like over 800 events, going on in over 100 cities around the world.
Here’s the link to the main website: http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/
Here in Victoria the event took place at The Well, which is a quirky place downtown that’s part health food store, part café, part bookstore, part clothing store and perhaps most importantly,a multi-purpose venue for the Arts. As it turns out, I am part of a group that is helping to turn it into a non-profit society, so it’s become a pretty special place for me. I was happy to attend the event, which brought together a wide variety of local poets, who did a great job showcasing the many different ways that words are combined to create poetry as well as the many different ways there are to read those poems. Now I had not bothered to get my name on the list of poets reading since frankly I’ve been having too much fun the past while to bother with working up a piece and was looking forward to another night of being an audience member. At the break however, The Well’s proprietor, Hopeton Anderson gave a pitch for everyone in the audience to support the Indiegogo campaign we’ve launched recently. Then he mentioned me, since I’ll be heading up the transitional board. Well, during the break in the proceedings he came over and asked me to plug the campaign when I got up to read. When Hope found out that I wasn’t on the list, he immediately rectified that situation, much to my dismay, and so a few minutes later, I read my poem “This Line” (posted in my Poetry category a couple of weeks ago). It’s not quite where I want it to be, but its getting better and it was certainly fun to be part of a global event. Good thing I happened to be carrying a copy of it!
Here is the link to the Indiegogo campaign, please check it out, contribute if you are able to, and share the link with your friends: http://www.indiegogo.com/thewellvictoria