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For April 30th World Peace Community Read
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World Peace seems more elusive than ever . . . is there anything we can do? Could the poetic word help?
To many, those questions seem incongruous. I disagree.
My name is Karen M. Kline and I’ve worked with adults and children of all ages with poetry for over 20 years, the last three as poet laureate of North Andover, Massachusetts.
Since 2006, many of the projects have had the title World Peace.
That was the theme of the “Great Groton Poetry Walkabout” to celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Poetry Month. Each student of Florence Roche Elementary School wrote a peace poem and then added artwork to their page for emphasis. Five-hundred eighty-eight poems were distributed throughout town for display in April, 2006. It was a great success.
Since then, I have been suggesting World Peace to nearly every parent and teacher if asked for a theme.
Now, is it possible to expand upon that concept?
We invite you to join an exciting event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of America’s National Poetry Month with a “World Peace Community Read” April 30th, 2016.
The rules are very, very simple. Invite friends and family to join you in a large open space nearby and pass out poems (yet to be decided upon) to be recited by the entire company gathered with you.
If one wish could be heard ’round the world to help save us all, may it be Peace!
Envision citizens of all countries joining together on one day to demonstrate the power of poetry.
Some believe in that power and in all of the people who will speak words of harmony, words of Peace!
This event costs nothing. Could it be of value? Is it worth your time?
Please, let us know your feelings, thoughts and suggestions . . . and thank you for your kind attention.
With the events in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday evening, June 17, the dialogue of all Americans should be, of course, peace.
Community coming together for good is always a good thing — and much needed now.
Mrs. Obama brought a “Symbol of Optimism” to the State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening in the form of a bright yellow dress.
Every day, the poetic word does the same for many, many people the world over.
Please consider joining the World Peace Community Read April 30, 2016.
Humanity needs more positive poetry!
Gayle Heney said:
Northern Essex Community College is celebrating peace with the reading of winner’s poetry from the Northern Essex Community College Peace Poetry Contest at the
Haverhill Campus on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 6 – 8 pm. Winners include students and adults and their poetry will appear in a chapbook. This is the eighth year of the competition, and this year there were over 1000 entries.
Response by Karen M Kline:
Excellent news, Gayle.
You have been building the NECCo peace program for years and it is wonderful.
This post about peace on Anne’s site comes 400 years to the day after another poet, perhaps the greatest of all, William Shakespeare, passed away in Stratford-upon-Avon. Anne was four years old in 1616.
The Bard was highly respected by her father, Thomas Dudley. Could that be why his daughter became a beloved poetess herself?
As you celebrate peace poetry, students from pre-K to college age have, this month as in years past, created LITER-Art peace pieces of art and poetry for display within their specific communities for the public to see and enjoy.
LITER-Art began in 1995 in North Andover and continues to this day in several towns here in the Valley of the Poets.
Poetry and Peace are a natural blend, landmines of emotion, touching the heart as nothing else can.
Thank you for all you do for the poetic word, Gayle, it is appreciated.
Northern Essex Community College said:
Hey nice post. I hope it’s alright that I shared this on my FB, if not,
no problem just tell me and I’ll remove it. Regardless keep up the great work.
Happy to have you share Anne on Facebook with others.
The more who see and know of her wonderful work, the better!
Again, thanks for your interest!.
Karen M. Kline