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.com. Contributions 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.