Word Book and Copyright Day

In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors.

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

 

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2019 is on April 18 and is part of National Poetry Month. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City, in partnership with the city’s Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada.

(C) T. Altman 2019

 

 

 

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and although it might of been instigated by Academy of American Poets in 1996,  its gone worldwide and is something I have taken part in personally over the last several years.

This year instead of using the prompts by one FB group, blog or website I have used several which have inspired me.

Writing poetry is not a competition – its about encouraging creativity in a motivational way which is stimulating to the writer.

(C) T. Altman 2019

 

 

 

Happy World Poetry Day!

 

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UNESCO declared World Poetry Day on the 21st of March in 1999

“Poetry’s has the unique ability to capture the creative spirit of the human mind as well as provide individuals with the opportunity to discover and assert their identity.”

What Inspires Me: Di Morrissey

Listened to a recent episode of  the Australian Writers Centre podcast where  prolific writer Di Morrissey was interviewed.  These were the main points Di wants writers to focus on, which completely resonated with where my current head-space is at:

 “Write from the heart…

Write what interests you…

Write what you feel…

Write what you are passionate about…

Write what touches you.”

Di Morrissey – So You Want to be a Writer,  Episode 254

 

Germaine Greer

Last month, I went to see Germaine Greer speak on her publication, “On Rape” by Melbourne University.  I call it a publication as its essay length.

Greer’s book “The Female Eunuch” was the first book I read on Feminism. Although its incredibly dated, at the time (I was just out of my teens) it was a revelation, even though I didn’t agree with all of it.

Over the years Greer’s stances and opinions on things have become more and more skewed from my personal philosophy on what Feminism is.  Therefore I have moved away from her work as I don’t see her as a role-model or person of excellence in the field even though she placed herself as a pioneer feminist during the second wave.   I personally don’t feel she’s an activist like one of my idols Gloria Steinem who I saw speak and inspired me very much.

Suffice to say the event put on by The School of Life didn’t inspire me and in fact left me thinking – wtf Germaine?!?!

From the outset Greer was vague, defensive and refused to answer questions purposefully derailing the conversation and changing the subject.

I couldn’t find a single element of her talk which I agreed with and I felt like the whole thing was created to draw controversy in order to get people to read her essay.  I would of appreciated it moreso, if I didn’t have to pay for a talk which was simply an advertisement for her essay.

Like the majority gathered there, I attended as a curiosity and was left laughing at her not with her and the most interesting aspect of the talk was when a small handful of protesters interrupted about 1/3 of the way through.

I won’t quote what stood out as inspiration because all that stood out is how NOT to be a feminist in my opinion. At least now I can say I have seen her speak.

My parting words on this is that I have moved past her work and will continue to focus on feminist writers who inspire and keep the movement progressing.

(C) T. Altman 2018