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Sunday, September 12, 2010


Sunday Rally Dispatch is a collection of news updates of interest to our poet-blogger community members. I've collected announcements from diverse sources in order to attempt a reflection of the geographic and cultural diversity of our community. Your contributions from your area of the world or interests are welcome. Please forward them to JamieDedes at RallyDispatch@rocketmail.comContributions will be subject to editorial discretion and space constraints. Feedback welcome.

"POETRY RAIN:" In the spirit of  Poets Against War, poetry dropped like manna from the skies over Berlin on Monday, August 30. The poems of eighty poets were printed on bookmarks, which were dropped by helicopter. Both a protest against war and a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Chili’s independence, the project is an initiative of the Chilean art collective, Casagrande. Previous poetic bombings have been delivered to Santiago de Chile, Dubrovnik, Guernica, and Warsaw. These are cities that have experienced aerial bombings during war. Casagrande delivered this particular bombing event in concert with Literaturwerkstatt. SOURCE: The Guardian

CONCEPTUAL WALKS AND LIVING THEATER: “Elastic City intends to make its audience active participants in an ongoing poetic exchange with the places we live and visit.” The vehicle for experiencing the city [New York] as living theatre, art, and poetry is a “conceptual walking tour.” The leaders of the tour are still working out design and vocabulary, but appear to have a clear idea of the objective. Elastic City founder, Todd Shalom, is quoted in the New York Times saying, “I want to bring poetry off the page and onto the streets.” Tour participants are encouraged to really focus on and see what’s around them. They are provided chalk and write on sidewalks. They wrote poems in the sand on a Brooklyn beach. SOURCE: New York Times.

A STUDY IN DIVERSITY, News, Views, Analysis, Literature, Poetry Features - "Express Yourself":  Boloji is a well-established web-magazine, is currently accepting poetry, photo essays, and other material for publication. It focuses on the diverse cultural life of India. SOURCE: Boloji.com.

FOURTEENTH ANNUAL POETRY AFRICA: Poets, predominantly from South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent, will participate in the 14th Poetry Africa international poetry festival in Durban from 4 to 9 October 2010. The extensive week-long programme includes performances, readings, music and book-launches Monday to Friday at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (University of KwaZulu-Natal) with the Durban SlamJam and festival finale at BAT Centre on Saturday 9 October. Day activities include seminars, workshops, open mic opportunities, and school visits. A schools poetry competition will also take place. SOURCE: SociaLingo Africa

iPOEM: There are iPhone applications for just about everything and Poets.org just announced their “Poem Flow” iPhone application. Preview the mobile site here at Poets.org. This offers both modern and classical poetry.  Poetry Foundation also has an free app with hundreds of poems available. Both applications may have geographic restrictions.


Someone Is Special said...

Lovely and informative Sunday dispatch...

Great Work Jamie Dedes...

--Someone Is Special--

Jingle said...

fabulous job!
love your expertise and creative juice, they add sugar to our community.

Dasuntoucha said...

Thanks for the information...it is greatly appreciated!

brokenpenwriter said...

Looking at poetry as a world-wide event, sharing cities, countries and communities is a wonderful idea and automatically promotes peace by forming bonds of respect, support, creativity and inevitably, friendship. You're doing a great job here, Jingle & Company!
Back in the 1990's, I used to go to London twice yearly. They started displaying poetry on the tube, on the wall of each passenger car, and in the stations - extracts of poetry - some modern, some not. They discovered that it helped to calm people while they travelled on the tube. I loved it. It gave me something to think about. Traveling is a good time for both introspection and observation, and poetry lends itself to these pursuits.

RiikaInfinityy said...

Wonderful!=D Thank you Jamie^.^~

Jingle said...

Jamie, where are you?

missing you here.
Happy monday!

TALON said...

Jamie, thank you so much for this informative post. I've finally got some time to read and catch up. I don't own an iphone, but I know from friends who do that there seems to be an application to suit everyone and this made me smile.

Amanda said...

Interestingly, I have left a comment here the day you posted and came back here, it's gone!! Did the same yesterday when Tracy posted and it was gone the first time!! I think you did a terrific job Jamie, it is wonderful to start this endeavour and I am proud that you are among us. I so loved the link you posted on SociaLingo Africa...already been to have a look and such interesting information!! Thanks for all the interesting information. Much love my friend xxx

JamieDedes said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. Much appreciated.

Amanda, I knew you'd find that South African event interesting. I'm so please. That went up before your trip was cancelled, and I thought you might be there for it.

brokenpenwriter, we used to have the same sort of thing on the trains in New York when I was living there. Recently, I was tickled to find a used copy of a collection of those old "subway poems." It was charming. Your comment is well considered and appreciated.

Jingle, thanks for your concern. Pretty tough week-and-a-half here, but on the mend.

Talen, I agree the iPhone thing is amusing. I understand from family and friends who know about such things that there are over 200,000 iPhone apps.

Riika, Someone Is Special, Dasuntoucha, and everyone, thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

Poem on, my friends.