Split this Rock was a poetry festival, two years ago– a poetry festival celebrating poetry of provocation and witness. It was a festival about the role of poetry in activism and social change. The next Split this Rock festival is coming up in Washington, DC –Wednesday, March 10- Saturday March 13, 2010. Although I have been getting their emails for almost two years, I have only just taken a little time to look closely at some of what they send– they send a link to their “Blog this Rock” which is full of amazing poems and news of interesting and very alive people doing very interesting and very alive things with poetry and writing.
In 2008 I got to hear Naomi Shihab Nye read– and brought my daughter to hear her and meet her. I heard Martin Espada whose work I have known for a long time, but it just got better hearing him in person; I was introduced to the work of Alix Olson http://www.alixolson.com/ whose work is part of a remarkable and wonderful new generation of female spoken word artists/ writers/ performers — and Alicia Ostriker whose work is part of an immeasurably important and also inspiring older generation of women poets. Remember how I said I wasn’t feeling so great on Thursday? Well I got better, but then much worse today. I have a hope that I can soon find some way to sit on the couch and read a little for awhile this evening. You should check out Split this Rock– the webiste and the blog.
In the past few days, in addition to doing a little bit of writing, I have spent some time trying to painstakingly and slowly (I don’t wish for it to be slow and painstaking, it just goes that way) figure out simple things, like inserting the links above into a post– and I would still like to be able to do it that cleaner way– by just writing Alix Olson and having the link to her website embedded in her name…but I still have to learn how. So check out Split this Rock and keep the patience with me as I learn on this blog.