Monthly Archives: April 2013

National Poetry Month

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It’s National Poetry Month! How will you celebrate? Poets.org has some ideas here.

Me personally,  I will ‘celebrate’ by organizing Poets of Babel’s 1st Anniversary celebration at the Jerusalem Cinematheque! There will be a film related to poetry (we decided on Howl), poetry readings in different languages, and music (I’m working on jazz with an open mic for a real spoken word atmosphere!).  Moreover, they even want to make it a regular event! I marvel at the prospects of the future.

It’s so exciting but already so much work! The networking, looking for poets in different languages, arranging meetings, looking for musicians, and the infamous fundraising. But I believe that it’s worth it. And one day, Poets of Babel will be an international phenomenon.

For now, I am bringing it from my living room to the stage of Jerusalem.

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“Future Perfect,” My First Poetry Slam

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About a month ago, I did my first poetry slam and first spoken word performance on stage. I was petrified from the moment I agreed to do it…but I knew that I had to. I’ve wanted to for so long. And even after actually doing it and feeling like I could do it again and better next time, it took me the better part of a month to muster up the additional courage to share with those who weren’t there.

So here goes nothing…