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Found poem commemorating AVL 100TPC 2013

As promised last week, here is a found poem I constructed based on the poets who read at the Asheville 100 Thousand Poets for Change event.

Poem for 28 September, 2013

Do not wonder when I say it directly to your ear,[1]
“I am writing a letter to my dead sister. . . “[2]

We anticipate the leap into freedom. [3]
We make our vows in the beach dunes. [4]
We need visual signs of healing. [5]

All that remains is the small few. . . [6]
A home where the family never can return. [7]

They sold their own inheritance. . . [8]
And must return to the center. . . to learn more. . . [9]
It is possible to have everything. . . or at least twenty dollars. . . [10]

NOTES: Each line in this found poem is from the following poets who read at the Asheville 100 Thousand Poets for Change event on September 28, 2013.

[1] Britt Kaufmann
[2] Barbara Gravelle
[3] Steve Brooks
[4] Jeff Davis
[5] Jessica Newton
[6] Jeff Davis
[7] Caleb Beissert
[8] Britt Kaufmann
[9] Jessica Newton
[10] Brian Sneeden

100TPC Quote Brian Sneeden

100TPC QUOTE Sneeden

From 100 Thousand Poets for Change Asheville, a quote from a poem by Brian Sneeden: “It is possible to have everything… or at least twenty dollars…”

100TPC Quote Britt Kaufmann

100TPC QUOTE Kaufmann

From 100 Thousand Poets for Change Asheville, a quote from a poem by Britt Kaufmann: “They have sold their own inheritance…”

100TPC Quote Caleb Beissert

100TPC QUOTE Beissert

From 100 Thousand Poets for Change Asheville, a quote from a poem by Caleb Beissert: “A home where the family never can return…”

100TPC Quote Jessica Newton

100TPC QUOTE Newton

From 100 Thousand Poets for Change Asheville, a quote from a poem by Jessica Newton: “We needed visual signs of healing…”

100TPC Quote Barbara Gravelle

100TPC QUOTE Gravelle

From 100 Thousand Poets for Change Asheville, a quote from a poem by Barbara Gravelle: “I am writing a letter to my dead sister… “

100TPC Quote Jeff Davis

100TPC QUOTE Davis

From 100 Thousand Poets for Change Asheville event last weekend, a quote from a poem Jeff Davis read: “We made our vows in the beach dunes…”

100TPC Quote Steve Brooks

100TPC QUOTE Brooks

If you missed the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Asheville event last weekend, quotes from each poet will be featured here. The first quote is from a poem Steve Brooks read: “We anticipate the leap into freedom…”

Thanks Asheville Poets and 100 Thousand Poets for Change

100 TPC - Asheville graphic

A big thank you to Susie and Lance for hosting the event at the Sly Grog Wine & Beer Lounge located in The Downtown Market Asheville. Especially since 100 Thousand Poets for Change Asheville event ran a bit longer than scheduled.

Thanks again to all the poets who participated: Caleb Beissert, Steve Brooks, Jeff Davis, Barbara Gravelle, Britt Kaufmann Jessica Newton and Brian Sneeden. And to those who joined the event and read after the featured poets: Alice, Ashley, Chuck, Lance and Susie.

An audio recording was captured of the event. Details regarding that will be forthcoming. Also, a found poem will be featured on this blog later this week to commemorate the event and poets who chose to affect change in Asheville in beyond.

Thanks to the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar for hosting the after party. And thanks to the Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge for hosting the after-after party.

Special thanks to Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion for establishing 100 Thousand Poets for Change (read more about 100TPC here) and helping me track down the elusive bagpiper (in side joke… you’ll have to read my Twitter feed to get it).