Throughout the Month of April, 2017, on the Occasion of National Poetry Month, “Many Voices, Many Truths” is Collecting Poems About Indian River County, FL.

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WHAT PROMPTED THIS PROJECT OF SOLICITING POEMS? WE ALL LIVE DIFFERENTLY DEPENDING ON WHERE WE LIVE AND WHERE WE ARE FROM.  PLEASE WRITE A POEM ABOUT HOW WHERE YOU LIVE IMPACTS YOU AND HOW WHERE YOU CAME FROM HAS SHAPED YOU.

In an increasingly divided society, building relationships and creating connections are more important than ever.  Community is grown through compassion and finding common ground.

This can be challenging in an environment as diverse as ours. Indian River County (IRC) has among the highest wealth and income disparity in the nation.

While we reportedly have the highest number of present and former Fortune 100 CEO’s living in a single zip code in the US, the number of children living in poverty in our area has increased nearly 50% in the last eight years, and people living here in what the United Way calls ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) are barely above the poverty line; one accident away from financial crisis.

One’s reality, one’s truth can be completely different depending on your circumstances; even living mere miles from each other. We need to find ways to listen, understand and relate to one another. Through creative expression, we can share our stories and speak our truth..

Throughout the month of April, National Poetry Month, Many Voices, Many Truths, in support of Vero Beach-based Moonshot Moment’s goal of becoming a literary capital, is collecting poems about Indian River County.

It’s super easy; write a poem about where you live, where you’re from, or about anything you’d like to say. All voices are welcome.  Your poem can be as simple as a haiku or full epic verse.

Boxes for your poetry will be located throughout IRC: Walking Tree Brewery, Yoga Pagoda, IRC Main Library, IRC North County Library, 9:23 Community Church, Regency Park Senior Living and Living Healthy Studio (Sebastian).

Poems will be collected from the boxes and from submissions to manyvoicespoetryproject@gmail.com throughout April.

How will these poems be presented?

On Friday, April 28th at 7:30 pm, The Pagoda Players will perform at The Yoga Pagoda, a devised theatre performance.  Poems and stories, collected and submitted, will be shared through performance, music, and movement…not a static public reading.

The Yoga Pagoda is located at 1543 US-1, Vero Beach, 32961 (Indian River Plaza, near the Majestic Theatre).

Need inspiration? Here are some poem-writing prompts.

Pick one and let it flow!

Look at your feet. Write a poem about the places your feet have been.

Write a poem about an object you see.

Write a poem about one or all of the four seasons.

Write a poem that is a letter to your neighborhood.

Write a poem using only questions.

Write a poem about your shadow.

Write a poem in the voice of a tree.

Write a poem that incorporates all your senses.

Write a poem that includes everything you ate for lunch.

Write a poem in the form of a message or letter to your future self.

Look behind you. Write a poem about the first thing you see.

Write a poem about a color you see.

Write a poem in the form of a shopping list.

Write a poem about a place that frightens you or a place where you feel happy.

Write a poem that starts: “I wish…”

Write a poem in the form of a lullaby.

Write a poem in the form of a treasure map.

Write a poem inspired by a favorite local recipe.

Make a list of six things you would miss if you move. Write a poem about them.

Write a poem in the shape of something you see.

Write a poem looking down from outer space.

Turn on the radio to any channel. Write a poem inspired by the first thing you hear.

Make a list of ten images of things you have seen in the last 24 hours. Use all of them in a poem.

Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. If the sounds are peaceful, write a poem with a violent word as the title. If the sounds are loud, write a poem with a kind word as the title.

Write a poem that is only ten words long. Give the poem a long title.

Write a poem made of ten metaphors.

Here are some types of poems – What speaks to you?

Limerick – a five-line witty poem with a distinctive rhythm. The first, second and fifth lines, the longer lines, rhyme. The third and fourth shorter lines rhyme. (A-A-B-B-A).

Haiku – Haiku’s are composed of 3 lines, each a phrase. The first line typically has 5 syllables, second line has 7 and the 3rd and last line repeats another 5.

Narrative – A narrative poem tells the story of an event in the form of a poem.

Epic – a lengthy narrative poem in grand language celebrating the adventures and accomplishments of a legendary or conventional hero.

Couplet – two lines of verse which rhyme and form a unit alone or as part of a poem.

Free Verse – A Free Verse Poem does not follow any rules. Their creation is completely in the hands of the author.

Acrostic – each letter of a word is the start of a line in the poem.

ABC – each word starts with sequential letters of the alphabet.

Found poetry – Poetry created by taking words, phrases, and passages from other sources and re-framing them by adding spaces, lines, or by altering the text with additions or subtractions.

Shape or Visual – Poetry written in the shape or form of an object, or arranged to communicate it’s meaning. 

Sonnet – a short rhyming poem with 14 lines. Sonnets use iambic meter in each line and use line-ending rhymes.

Many Voices, Many Truths and the Moonshot Moments hopes to have you participate and see you there.  Send your submissions to manyvoicespoetryproject@gmail.com.

For more information visit:

https://www.manyvoicespoetryproject.com

 

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