The P4 Blog
Many of you probably saw this poem, which went viral this past week. It's by Royce Mann, who is an 8th Grader. At just 14 years old, he sports a passion and a voice that would be the envy of many of his adult contemporaries in the slam world.
"Five months after forming their slam poetry group, Muslim Girls Making Change is competing this week in the Brave New Voices international youth poetry slam competition in Washington, D.C. 'We write poems about things that we can't keep inside of ourselves anymore, things that we care about', said Kirin Waqar, 16, of South Burlington [VT], whose parents are from Pakistan. ... 'We will never be white only pretend to be. We hide behind big mirrors and lies unsure of who we really are. African American or the other way around? Pakistani first, American?', they say.
Today we'd like to highlight the work of our friend Charlie Rossiter over at Poetry Spoken Here, a wonderful online resource for the finest poetry, read and performed. And let's start with his most recent blog entry, where he explores the work of our current Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, through a performance poetry lens. Charlie writes:
We (as least one of us) just returned from a performance of Nice Fish, a play by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins "drawn from the words of Louis Jenkins." The program contained a Jenkins poem titled "The Prose Poem":
Dear P4 Community...
It seems like every year the holidays go by more and more quickly. Perhaps that's just a product of age, or perhaps it is because, like everyone else in this community, there are just so many exciting things going on that I don't stop often enough to take stock of it all.
Imagine making a huge donation, that won't cost you a dime!
As I begin to close down the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel, I am preparing to pass on my collection of about 200 spoken word CDs, DVDs, chapbooks, and other items to P4. Pictured is the first set.
This will bring the P4 Collection to about 750 total media items (and many thousand individual performances).
When we launched the P4 website a couple weeks ago, there were three "featured poems" already in our archive. We'd used these three pieces (Gabrielle Bouliane, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, and Scott Woods) to test out the functionality of our Featured Poem section on the website.
It's time to activate the Poet Army!
We posted the link to the new Performance Poetry Preservation Project website earlier this week. We've been gratified to see how many people have responded and sent positive comments about the site. But now that we've finished major debugging we need to REALLY start getting the word out!
Would you be willing to help?