Although we had a small and intimate group last night at AMP, we determined that instead of giving up, we will work harder to expose people to poetry and to create a movement within our city. The topic was open for discussion with many people suggesting: more involvement of Art and Music, Postering the town to attract attention, using innovative approaches to poetry such as combining video with poetry, art presentation etc, having readings outside when possible and in the introduction of challenges.
1.THEMES These will be abstract themes to challenge people to write or perform about a particular topic. This will be proposed as a question, a piece of poetry ( or excerpt), or random action to be applied to the poem itself. The theme will be posted as soon as possible up on this blog.
2. BRING ONE PERSON TO THE EVERY AMP! We challenge you to bring one friend, introduce one coworker to AMP.
3. BLOG: Every month we challenge you to submit something to the blog. Be it your favourite poem, one you have written yourself or by a poet you find interesting, a song, a video, an interview, an essay, etc. etc.
This is an attempt to add more and more content to this blog.
In order to make things easier we will have a map up on the blog for people who do not know where the Urban Nature Center is located, also on facebook.
We will also make small handouts with this blog address on it for you to hand out to your friends.
One thing we all decided is that we want an AMP that’s progressive, one that’s committed to looking forward and one that is relaxed and open and willing to try new things. We want to grow with our group and make it challenging as well as fun. We want to encourage those who have never been and celebrate a community that we have created. We want to publish more, be more present in the artistic scene in our community and introduce many people to the poetry and art we love.
So here are some photos from last night. Thanks to everyone for coming out last night and to those who couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next time.
Also, in a spontaneous act of poetry George and Jerard read sections of poems back and forth. Jerard read two originals and George read The Cry of the Dreamer by John Boyle O’Reilly
I happen to tape most of this exchange as both men chose sides of the room to read their selections from.
Here is a link to that video:
The next AMP will be held MAY 18. CHECK FOR THE POSTER COMING SOON AS WELL AS THE CHALLENGE THEME!
THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT!
DON’T FORGET TO SEND YOUR POSTS FOR THE BLOG TO: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org