100TPC. Co Editors Mark Connor & Antonio Arboleda. Anthology Online

100 Thousand Poets for Change (100TPC) is a worldwide artistic movement whose aim is to raise awareness about our man-made social, political, environmental, moral and economic crises.
Artists have an especial sensitivity and language, as well as a commitment to beauty, spirituality and truth and that is why Artists can and should make a difference in bringing people together and reinforcing their solidarity, with a view on transforming society.
This book was incepted as a digital initiative supporting the 2017 100TPC events across the World that took place on 30 September 2017 concertedly with Thousands of other Artists on the whole planet, including our own reading in Leeds, held in The Chemic Tavern in Woodhouse under the auspices of Word Club.
We have included poems by generous West Yorkshire artists who wanted to contribute to our cause by responding to our invitation with poems on: Revolution, War, Streets, Business, Nations, Equality, Politicians, Conquest, Racism, Love, Europe, Nature, Death, Life, The World, The Good, the Great, the Evil. The Human and beyond.
This is the second of a series of 100TPC published by Transforming with Poetry, this time in conjunction with Word Club.
 
 

 
 

 
 
Co Editors of 100 Thousand Poets for Change (100TPC) Leeds 2017. UK
 
 
Mark Connors:
Mark Connors is a poet and novelist from Horsforth, Leeds. His debut poetry pamphlet Life is a Long is a Long Song was published by OWF Press in 2015. His first full length poetry collection, Nothing is meant to be Broken was published by Stairwell Books in 2017. Mark won the Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic competition in both 2014 and 2015 and has received a number of prizes and commendations for his short fiction. His debut novel Stickleback was published by Armley Press in 2016 and was longlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize.’ His second novel, Tom Tit and the Maniacs was published in 2018 by Armley Press. He runs spoken word nights for WORD CLUB in Leeds and comperes and performs regularly at Literature Festivals. He is a managing editor of the new independent publishing company, Yaffle Press, For more info visit www.markconnors.co.uk
 
 

 
 
Antonio Martínez Arboleda:
Antonio (Tony Martin-Woods) started to write poetry for the public in 2012, at the age of 43, driven by his political indignation. That same year he also set in motion Poesía Indignada, an online publication of political poetry. He runs the poetry evening Transforming with Poetry at Inkwell, in Leeds, and collaborates with 100 Thousands Poets for Change. Tony is also known in the UK for his work as an academic and educator under his real-life name, Antonio Martínez Arboleda. His project of digitisation of poetry, Ártemis, compiles more than 100 high quality videos of Spanish poets and other Open Educational Resources. http://www.artemispoesia.com/ . He is the delegate in the UK of Crátera Revista de Crítica y Poesía Contemporánea , where he also publishes his work as translator from English into Spanish. He published his first volume of poetry in Spanish, Los viajes de Diosa (The Travels of Goddess), in 2015, as a response to the Great Recession, particularly in Spain. His second book, Goddess Summons The Nation, is a critique of the ideas of nation and capitalism, mainly in the British Brexit context. It incorporates voices of culprits, victims and heroes with mordacity and rhythm. It consists of 21 poems, 18 of which are originally written in English. It is available in print and kindle in Amazon and other platforms.
 
 
 
 
 
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“Now” & “Silent Habitation” Poems. “Scavenger–Holding the Earth” by Johnston, Anowe & Kaminski

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“Scavenger–Holding the Earth” Melissa D Johnston
 
 
 
Now
 
in a wry humorous light
i grow older than i was
a pinch of a breath ago
 
the preciousness of every day
fades with each passing thought
with every coming and going
of a crow cawing at my broken window
 
farther and farther i drift into eternity
drift through the fallow fog
that has hidden my share
of existence and identity
 
there’s a despair standing astride
the threshold of my soul
what ceremony of words or deeds
like a daunted wind could blow
this bodily heap of tragedy…
 
God
’tis your hand that owns
the knife and cocoyam
 
–JK Anowe
 
 
Silent Habitation
 
’tis your hand that owns
the flesh i now inhabit
bones and skin
 
sometimes seem more
like an affliction, body
a weight upon the spirit
instead of habitation
 
why does my soul
insist on traveling these
roads alone, where trees
are bare of blossom
bare of leaves
 
empty of chameleons
of birds and birdsong
 
God
’tis your hand that strums
the small notes from their
throats
 
–Laura M Kaminski (Halima Ayuba)
 
 
JK Anowe was born in Nigeria in 1994. He’s presently a degree student of the department of foreign languages in the University of Benin, Nigeria. He speaks English, Igbo and French. He is finalizing his first full-length poetry manuscript.
 
 
Laura M Kaminski grew up in Nigeria, went to school in New Orleans, and currently lives in rural Missouri. Her most recent interview, at THE STRONG LETTERS, can be read at https://waleowoade.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/laura-m-kaminski/
 
 
Melissa D. Johnston is an artist, writer, and recovering academic. You can see more of her work at http://melissadjohnston.com/

 
 
 
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The Seasonal Change of the Schedule at the Y. A Poem by Danny P. Barbare

The Seasonal Change of the Schedule at the Y
 
The
sign
on
the
glass
door
 
reflects
the
seasons
 
like
the
fields
and
trees
 
so
the
day
is
served
better
 
by
the
hinges
and
the
tic
of
the
clock.
 
 
Cleaning the House Before Company
 
Straightening
up
there
and
here
 
oh
my,
so
much
stuff
everywhere
 
though
at
least
it
looks
like
someone
lives
here
 
I
pace
myself
before
company
comes
 
and
have
time
to
comb
my
hair.
 
 
The Doctor’s Office
 
Sitting
in
the
waiting
room
 
a
patient
who
is
patient
 
knows
 
the
world
depends
upon
a
one
simple
smile
 
that
quickly
spreads
throughout
the
doctor’s
office
 
as
time
goes
by
 
and
the
door
opens.

 
 
 
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Danny P. Barbare resides in the Upstate of the Carolinas. His poetry has recently appeared in The Santa Clara Review and Huizache and DoveTales. He studied creative writing at Greenville Technical College, where his poetry won The Jim Gitting’s Award.
 
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Slick. A Poem by Robin Ouzman Hislop

 
 
Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to
Lose
, in a maze of crazy mirrors, where love
Has blown away leaving only pain. I leave
You now – a stranger to the night
– to play your part.
 
The role that you’re bred for, a fit nice and slick,
Like a clean cut brick into the social pyramid.
We’ve left evolution long ago to do its thing,
We’re on a make or break scene, son of man, son
 
Of a gun and the planet bleeds and the planet
Breathes and the planet dies, just like you do.
In the flow, flow of water, flow of time, flow
Of your dreams, or so it seems, until you wake
 
To find how few the grains of golden sand slip
Through your hand to the deep
, where there is no flow
Of water and time, only money and the clock.
The controlled tick tock in your rat race of time;
 
And your gun crying like a fire in the sun,
Where are you going to run to, when all is
Said and done, all on that day. And you tell me
Of your prayer, through your whispering stare.
 
We who have been closed to life since we began.
Our heritage like a runaway hearse – O human,
You will rise to touch the skies but you will leave
All other creatures behind. You will become blind
 
To your own mind in the infinite setting sun,
Where you were always at war between the thought
Of night and day. For you homo homunculus
Are not an exceptional monster, but you do not
 
Live with your own limitations, because you do not
Understand them, as what you are are. And so,
We chase our lust amidst the stars, an existence
In an empty mirror and fear in a handful of dust.

 
Italics.
Bobby McGee. Janice Joplin
Phantom of the Opera
Dream within a Dream. Edgar Allen Poe
Baby Blue. Bob Dylan
Sinner Man. Sonny & Cher
Homo Homunculus. Aldous Huxley
Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction. Wallace Stevens.
Wasteland. TS Eliot
 
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Under The Train Tracks. A Poem by Dr. Ernest Williamson.111.

 
 
In effervescent blues,
I’m a waterfall.
some vessels pass in the shade next to blades
of doves’ wings
wading with want and languid play.
Grass,
that’s what the air sends from lies.
smog is a fog of life;
a moment of honesty wrapped in squall lines of fine brass tears,
but I’m still a waterfall.
a bad splash lasting for tracks
and changing rifts in hives.
 
 

Rings and trills
splats and trash
life and rotten whatever,
air and water;
until
we
all
fall
down
up stream
over the shaved bruise.
 
 

Honey,
I’m still a bad slip of the tongue;
tacit buds of beaded meaning
lasting in the desert,
melding the prizes of cause and effect.
But you won’t reach out and touch me.
just gonna stand there and take a picture,
knowing you need to feel something good!
something common to the rhythm you hear.
Under the rust of the marriage bed,
Under the tracks of our
train.
 
 


photo Dr. Ernest Williamson III
 
 
Bio: Dr. Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in over 500 national and international online and print journals. Professor Williamson has published poetry in journals such as The Oklahoma Review, Review Americana:A Creative Writing Journal, and The Copperfield Review. Some of his visual artwork has appeared in journals such as The Columbia Review, The GW Review, and The Tulane Review. Many of his works have been published in journals representing over 50 colleges and universities around the world. Dr. Williamson is an Assistant Professor of English at Allen University and his poetry has been nominated three times for the Best of the Net Anthology.

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Press Release. The Poetic Bond 111. 2013-1

 

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THE POETIC BOND III, ISBN 978-1492384199, published  5.October 2013

 

Poetry of the MOMENT, from across the PLANET, poetry of our WORLD

 

Poetry that documents the Contemporary Zeitgeist

 

Poetry that explores, illuminates and examines the Human Condition

 

POETRY THAT BONDS US

 

Poetry from

 

Brazil, Canada, China, Eire, France, Grenada, India, Israel,

 

Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, UK, US,

 

 

Thirty-seven poets from 13 countries were selected through a submission process in which there were no restrictions on form, style, length of subject; instead the choices made were on the basis of emergent themes and congruency in the pool of work; a snapshot of the poetry of new media NOW, seeking to capture the zeitgeist of the moment.

 

 

Poetry, both reveals and shares our humanity”

 

(Trevor Maynard, editor The Poetic Bond Series)

 

 

Editors’ Notes

 

1. FOR A PDF PRESS COPY OF THE POETIC BOND III, contact Trevor Maynard at poetry@trevormaynard.com on 0 44 7966 079968 or by snail mail at Willowdown Books, 105 Crockford Park Road, Addletone, Surrey, UK, KT 15 2LP

 

2. Trevor Maynard, UK based poet and writer, manager of Poetry, Review and Discuss Group, a major poetry group on LinkedIn. His new poetry collection is KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON (was published November 27 2012). He is also the author of several plays. Further information at http://www.trevormaynard.com/

 

4. The Poets of The POETIC BOND III (2013) are; Christine Anderes (US), Graham Bates (New Zealand), Rebecca Behar (France), Mark Beechill (UK), Nikki Bennett (UK), Rosalind Brenner (US), BJ Brown (US), Ian Colville (UK), Clark Cook (Canada), William DiBenedetto (US), Sam Doctors (US), Belinda Dupret (UK), Sumita Dutta (India), Gilbert A. Frank (US), Nina Floreteng (Sweden), Louise Francois (Grenada), GK Grieve (Europe), Seamus Harrington (Eire), Scott Hastie (UK), James Higgins (US), Robin Ouzman Hislop (UK), Diane Jardel (UK), Mark L. Levinson (Israel), Carey Link (US), Trevor Maynard (UK), Mermie (France), Simon Miller (UK), Linda Mills (US), Marli Merker Moreira (Brazil), Christine Pearson (US), RH Peat (US), Bonnie Roberts (US), Niek Satijn (Netherlands), Sharla Lee Shults (US), Peter Alan Soron (UK), Charles Thielman (US), Cigeng Zhang (China).

 

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