"Poets can change things. If they can gather to discuss curriculum and publishing, then they can also get together and discuss how business is being done in their communities, address inequality, racism, war, health care, education."
-- Michael Rothenberg, founder 100 Thousand Poets for Change
On Saturday, September 24, people all over the world will come together to listen to each other sing.
This is true. Literally, seriously true.
In Bhubaneshwar, India, and in Asunción, Paraguay.
In Novi Sad, Serbia. In Nanjing, China. In Canada, Scotland, Botswana, Guatemala, Malawi, Mexico, Iceland.
And at Perth Poetry Club at The Moon Café, Northbridge, from 2 to 4pm, Saturday 24 September, with PARKBEAR + TINEKE VAN DER EECKEN plus Open Mic, professional sound, helpful bar people and an appreciative audience! People will gather there to read their poems and songs. People will listen with great hope and heart.
Across the globe, there will be 100,000 Poets for Change.
"Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history."
-- Octavio Paz
Founded by American poet Michael Rothenberg, 100,000 Poets for Change is a one-day global poetry reading. More than 600 events in 450 cities in 95 countries are planned to date, including Australia – and specifically, Perth.
To see more, go to http://www.bigbridge.org/BB15/hundred_k_poets.html