It’s National Poetry Month…and We’re Headed to NYC!
As you might know, April is National Poetry Month, 30 days during which we remind each other (and ourselves) that art and beauty and rhythm and rhyme and lyrical acrobatics and words that move us to tears are generally good things, good things that should be read and heard and experienced and celebrated. Unlike run-on sentences. And fragments.
As you also might know, M is one of 85 poets participating in the Pulitzer Remix project sponsored by the Found Poetry Review. He’s crafting one found poem per day based on the source text of a Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction—in his case, Conrad Richter’s The Town (from 1951)—and posting them on the Pulitzer Remix website. You can access all of M’s poems here; new ones will be added daily through April 30th. By the end of the month, the 85 poets will have created 2,550 new poems from old text…art begetting art in a funky-fresh way.
[A note on found poetry: Found poetry involves taking words and phrases from existing texts and reworking them into an original poem. Source text can come from traditional writing like books, advertisements, and newspaper articles, or from random places like product packaging, report cards, or receipts. You can read more about found poetry and the project here if you’re interested, in an interview of the project’s founder conducted by one of the participating poets.]
And if you or anyone you know happens to be kicking it on NYC’s Lower East Side tomorrow night (Wednesday, April 10th), swing on by the Nexus Lounge (76 E 1st St @ 1st Av, downstairs at One and One). M and three other participating poets will be taking the mic around 8 PM to read a selection of their Remixed poems. We’d love to see you there. Your ears (and your hearts and your minds) will thank you. And so will we. –J.