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The Block Island Poetry Project — It’s not 10, it’s 11

By Lisa Starr | Apr 09, 2014

Anyone who has seen the cult movie classic “This Is Spinal Tap” knows that 11 is not only one more than 10, but it is also considerably better in every way. One might even say magical. And so our eleventh year is “way more than 10” — in fact, it promises to be our best year ever.

Returning favorites like Rumi translator and poet Coleman Barks and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth will be joined by the poet Carol Ann Davis and the world-renowned storydancer Zuleikha. Engaging work sessions will explore more than poetry, we will be bird-watching, rock balancing, moving our bodies, engaging in stories, and exploring photography as a way of accessing a deeper creativity,.

Our visiting artists will joined by a bevy of beloved Block Island teachers and friends including Sue Littlefield, Grace Luddy, Jen Lighty, Kim Gaffett, and Maggie Komosinski. Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Harbor Church there will be a potluck dinner, followed by poetry readings by Wentworth and Davis, and an open mic.

Saturday night features a melding of local and international talent. At 7 p.m., Nancy Greenaway presents “Favorite Poems,” during which members of the community share their favorite poem with the audience. Among last year’s amazing performances were Gary Ryan reading a poem by his daughter, Hillary, and Chief Carlone’s moving rendition of Jahnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag.” Come be surprised by this year’s line up!

Following “Favorite Poems,” Barks and Zuleikha will be joined by Grammy-award winning cellist David Darling and drummer John de Kadt for a very special evening of poetry, music, story, dance and Rumi.

This rare opportunity to see world-class performers on a Saturday night in April.

Block Island is one of many small miracles that the Block Island Poetry Project has created for the community because we believe that words and music and dance and stories and generosity and kindness make a fine and lasting difference in a weary world.

Full details about the workshops and schedules can be found at bipoetryproject.com. Call Lisa Starr at 466-9616 with any questions. So do yourself a favor during the season of renewal and join us at the Block Island Poetry Project.

And after it’s all over, clear an afternoon or evening to watch “Spinal Tap” with some friends.

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