6 Sep 2011

100 Thousand Poets for Change

This is a phenomenal event, located all over the globe on 24th September 2011.

100 Thousand Poets for Change

Founded by poet and editor Michael Rothenberg: to date there are 95 countries and hundreds of cities, villages, and community circles taking part across the planet, in a demonstration/celebration of poetry to promote serious social, environmental, and political change.

Here in Devon, there are 2 fund-raising performances that I know of:

The Great Hall,Dartington, Totnes; 3.30 4.15 pm with Inua Ellams, Ben Mellor, Jackie Juno & Lucy Lepchani.This is an additional event for the 'Interrogate' Festivalof Social Justice

and the other at Epicentre Book Cafe;7.30 to 10.30; special guests Ben Mellor & Matt Harvey, and also with Alasdair Paterson, Kenny Knight, Jackie Juno,Simon Williams, Susan Talor,Jade Moon, Graham Burchell, Ellie Davies, Katie Moudry, Bryce Dumont,The Freakboi, S.V.Wolfland and myself, and others...

please attend! Only £1 on the door to cover costs + a donation to charity

Our chosen charity is MAG - Mines Advisory Group

Links about global 100 Thousand Poets for change events can be seen on their website (link above) and on Youtube.

Superstitious Doggerel

Don't walk under the ladder,
don't put new shoes on the table,
don't trust the tongue of an adder,
never let the cat near the baby's cradle,
if you spill some salt, then throw
some over your shoulder and wish,
kiss a chimney-sweep but don't get caught -
never smell of fish.

Don't put umbrellas up indoors,
never demand the impossible,
if you get run over wear clean drawers
for when you get taken to hospital.
Look out for a black cat crossing your path
don't wish for all that might have been,
dont listen to that ghostly laugh
that rings through the graveyard at Hallowe'en and

cross your fingers, cross your legs,
read the signs of the weather,
and I heard from a gypsy selling pegs
who gave me lucky heather,
that the seventh son of a seventh son
has stuck a silver pin in a figure made of wax,
and that you can't trust anyone
who's seen you through a wooden crack

but watch the cracks in paving stones
and watch out where you tread -
and whatever you do, or do not do:
you're going to end up dead.