Poetry Friday: Still Three Days Left to Contribute to LitWorld’s Global Poem for Change

Have you taken part in LitWorld’s second annual Global Poem for Change yet?  This year poet Sharon Creech set the poem off with this thought-provoking (indeed, poetry-inducing) couplet:

It has certainly inspired literally hundreds of people to respond. If you haven’t done so already, you can add your lines here, but hurry – you only have until the end of the month to join in. Teachers, this could be a wonderful way to blow away the Monday-morning blues!

If you’ve already contributred, then do go and take another look at the poem itself. It is growing by the hour, and it’s wonderful and fascinating to read all the different ways people have responded to Sharon’s initial call.

So whether you are a published poet, a closet poet or someone like me, who can only read and marvel over the original poems that are often a part of the Poetry Friday get-togethers, here’s your chance to join in with this unique chance to link your words for literacy across the globe. Why do that? Well, I leave the last word to Lit World:

Literacy rights are human rights. Each time we come together in acts of literary community, we stand in solidarity with all children worldwide who want to belong to the world of words.

This week’s Poetry Friday is hosted by Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference – head on over.

2 Responses to “Poetry Friday: Still Three Days Left to Contribute to LitWorld’s Global Poem for Change”

  1. Michael Allen Says:

    An interesting conversation is brewing about if everyone was a poet. But, poets have a special gift. One we freely give. A poet can’t simply be churned out in a creative writing class. That’s what we see here!

  2. Marjorie Says:

    Michael, this is certainly going to make an interesting discussion topic. I agree that poets have a special gift, and I think everyone will agree that a poet is never churned out – but I also think that sometimes it takes a creative writing class or its equivalent to spark the initial outpouring of words that will eventually draw out the poetry that everyone has in their soul. I don’t call myself a poet but I do write poetry sometimes – does that make the ‘poems’ I write less valid? And I did contribute to the global poem. The poem may not be top-flight literature but it has brought a lot of people together; it has inspired a lot of people to think about those initial ideas posed in Sharon Creech’s opening lines; and yes, children in schools have wracked their brains to find the words to express in a poetic way their response to that opening. But not everyone who contributed to the Global Poem did so because it was given to them as a lesson in school – far from it. I think there is a certain amount of snobbery involved in the denegration of LitWorld’s initiative and that saddens me – and worries me about what messages that sends out about the exclusivity of poetry from within the poetry establishmnet. Surely one of the ways to get people to read poetry is to invite them to particiapte, not just stand back and be too much in awe of it to pick it up and read it, becasue it’s verse not prose?