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100TPC — 2016

Welcome to The BeZine’s online,
virtual 100,000 Poets for Change event!

This past week, an international aid convoy in Syria was attacked with devastating results, during a ceasefire. Bombs went off, as usual, in Iraq. They also went off in New Jersey and New York. There were terrorist knife attacks in Jerusalem. And knife attacks also in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Police shot (at least) two unarmed African-Americans in the United States. Police shot “terror suspects” in Israel. Iran arrested dissidents. China gave a dissident’s attorney a 12-year sentence.

Climate change has reduced the arctic ice sheets at record levels, this summer just ended. The Fertile Crescent, where Western civilization began, has suffered such a devastating drought that farmers have fled it for years now—a contributing cause to the Syrian civil war and the refugee crisis. The hardened, drought-stricken soil in the region, broken up by heavy war-machinery, artillery shelling, and bombs, has turned into dust that the wind picks up—a contributing cause of record dust storms throughout the region.

It is time for global change

For the past six years, 100,000 Poets for Change (100TPC) has inspired and supported events on a Saturday in September. This year, there are over 550 events scheduled throughout the world. This blog/zine is one of them. The goal is for poets (artists, musicians, actors, even mimes) to band together and perform / exhibit their work in a call to change the world for the better.

The 100TPC themes are peace, sustainability, and social justice. The September 2016 issue of The BeZine, edited by Priscilla Galasso and Steve Wiencek, focuses on environmental justice. This focus relates to social justice and sustainability, but is a necessary part of obtaining peace.

If we still have poverty and homelessness, what is sustained other than inequality? And, without social justice and a sustainable environment, could there be peace? Could peace be maintained without both social and environmental justice alongside environmental and economic sustainability?

Share your work here, today, as part of our 100TPC online event—help us create a space for change. As in past years, the event will be archived and made available later on The BeZine’s website and will also be archived at Standford University in California.

Here’s how to post your work

For today’s online event, our choice is not to put one of the three themes—peace, sustainability, and social justice—above the others, but to recognize that all of these three necessary areas of change interrelate in complex ways.

We invite you to participate. Share your writing, art, music, videos, thoughts that relate to these themes on our website today.

It’s actually easy to do.

  • Click on Mr. Linky below and follow instructions for posting a link to a post on your blog:

  • You can also post a link or writing directly into the comments below!
Come back during the day

Please return often today (Sept. 24, 2016) to read what others have posted, follow links, like, and leave comments—and to see and reply to what others have commented on your own posts and links. We would love to see an active dialogue!

Author:

The focus of "The BeZine," a publication of The Bardo Group Beguines, is on sacred space (common ground) as it is expressed through the arts. Our work covers a range of topics: spirituality, life, death, personal experience, culture, current events, history, art, and photography and film. We share work here that is representative of universal human values however differently they might be expressed in our varied religions and cultures. We feel that our art and our Internet-facilitated social connection offer a means to see one another in our simple humanity, as brothers and sisters, and not as “other.” This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits here will help you to love (respect) not fear. For more see our Info/Mission Statement Page.

165 thoughts on “100TPC — 2016

  1. And here’s Carolyn O’Connell’s poem from this issue of “The BeZine” … she sent it for the event and I jumped the gun and published it … read on …

    The bark of the old oak shows its wrinkles, scars
    written on the vellum of its years, a new ring
    spans the finger of its heart, a summer’s history
    almost soldered as its sparse leaves crinkle;
    sap withdraws in August Drop before painting
    the oak then falling to mulch and feed the tree.

    This oak has seen our planet change with time
    its rivers tamed, fields, and its villages and coasts
    redrawn, kings’ rule and die as all men do
    their legacy and palaces razed or democratized.

    Its seen Sahara’s sands creep to the sea,
    ice thicken or melt around the pole’s,
    jungles spread, retreat and species change
    men flee from famine, war, women weep
    and children starve or die upon the sea.

    Encased within the chrysalis of power
    oligarchs, dictators wield transient decrees
    with the cold eyes and furrowed faces age bestows;
    for gold and power strips their hearts, yet
    their bones will lay with poor men in the earth.

    Whose riches can sustain both man and beast
    if kindly managed like this ancient oak,
    tending to all a share that gives food and cloak
    and with respect shelter from the storms of life.

    Stripped bones give no hint of state or faith
    when they rise with movement of the plant’s shell?
    Ground by magma, rock, wave or fire to dust
    they may well blow upon the wind to fall
    on foreign fields forgotten by their folk.

    Each of us is but an oak leaf in Earth’s time;
    life a summer’s span before September’s age,
    precursors November’s fall to earth and death’s
    transformation to mulch to feed the oak afresh.

    © Carolyn O’Connell

    CAROLYN O’CONNELL lives in Ham, Richmond, Surrey in South London and started to write poetry after working in the Civil Service and the RNIB. She is a member of the Ormond Poetry Group and also a member of her local W.I. She works with Richmond Libraries to promote poetry and has lead workshops, hosted at The Tea Box in Richmond and been a Guest Read at Rhythm & Muse. Having worked on the poetry pRO project her poems have been translated into Romanian and broadcast on Romania radio via the Translation Café of the University of Bucharest.Her work has been published in America. Publications: Envoi, Interpreter’s House. Poetry Space, Snare’s Nest, I am Not a Silent Poet. Her collection “Timelines,” is published by Indigo Dreams (2014, ISBN 978-1-9093575-3-2) Carolyn lives in Richmond, Surrey, on the outskirts of London. Collection Timelines was published by Indigo Dreams http://www.indigodreams/co.UK/bookshop in 2014. ISBN 978-1-9093575-3-2) She works with local groups and libraries. Further information and website http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/carolynoconnellpage.shtml

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  2. Central Station

    people decently dressed
    wait for trains
    for connections
    for new termini
    new chances
    longed-for visitors
    or just sit around
    watching
    impassive pigeons
    picking at crumbs –

    the man with the robe
    the colour of
    scorched earth
    nips off bits of bread
    fancying
    it tastes better
    than the one stuck
    in a corner of his mind

    across the rails
    huge screens rotate
    images of prosperity
    shiny roadsters
    faces, clean shaven like marble
    breasts shimmering
    through high-tech lace

    a sudden thought
    a shiver
    the intimation of a silhouette
    that could be his daughter’s

    the bread in his hand
    feels like earth
    like the scorched earth
    he had left behind

    callous fingers
    knead it to crumbs
    the hand opens
    but the pigeons are gone
    and the Supervisor
    rebukes him
    with an uncompromising gaze

    (c) Aprilia Zank
    Aprilia is a friend of the Zine and also a guest contributor. This is her contribution to this years’ 100TPC. Aprilia is also a lecturer for Creative Writing and Translation in the Department of Languages and Communication at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, where she received her PhD degree in Literature and Psycholinguistics for her thesis THE WORD IN THE WORD Literary Text Reception and Linguistic Relativity. She’s a writer, poetry and photographer. Thanks, Aprilia!

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  3. “The Emperor’s New Changes”
    (Raanana, September 11, 2016)

    A hundred thousand poets for change
    That’s us.
    That’s what we called ourselves last year
    And the year before.
    So they’ve stopped lynching the poets in Arabia?
    They’ve stopped stoning the raped women in Kabul?
    What about the mutilation of genitals of young girls?
    So they’ve stopped burning down Black churches in Bama?
    Stopped desecrating the lands of our Sioux brothers?
    How about the carbon they’ve dumped in the atmosphere?
    Did they stop that?
    Do they believe now the earth is too warm to live on?
    Are philosophers kings yet?
    Are kings philosophers?
    I don’t mean to be cynical
    But it doesn’t seem like much has changed since last year.
    We’ve read a few poems,
    That’s all.
    Come to think of it,
    Have we really changed,
    Except for getting a year older?
    If that’s change
    Then we better change change
    So that it’s palpable
    So that we can feed people with it
    So that people can walk tall from it
    So that people can protect themselves with it
    So that people can make love to it
    Until change is done changing
    And the world is all the Republic we need.

    Mike Stone
    Raanana Israel

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    1. Michael McClelliann, thank you and your group so very much for your support and participation. Much appreciated. Nothing better than to be united in peace and for the sake of our environment.

      Warmest regards,
      Jamie Dedes

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          1. You’re welcome, Jamie. Thank you. We are all very proud of the collaboration. All but 1 of nearly 200 Poets consented to being included in Praxis Magazine online’s publication of their contribution.

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                1. Interest has been high since the poem published. I am looking forward to the fruits of tomorrow’s 100TPC global events.
                  Peace,

                  Michael

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                2. St Joseph’s in Brentwood? So I would have remembered that. I graduated in 1978 and am obviously thinking of another school. The Catholic schools were great wrestling teams, Chaminade being the best.

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                3. I Googled to see why I was confused and still have no idea, but my younger brother & sister grew up in Bayside (different foster home). St. Joseph’s was the name of a.vrojp foster home in Sea Cliff where we lived before being placed in foster homes ourselves.
                  Sorry, I had to niggle that out of my brain. Hate being confused.
                  Have a good night, Jamie. Good chatting with you.

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