Year 5 of 100,000 Poets & Friends for Change: 400 events scheduled.

IMG_1250I just realized that I haven’t published an update for some time.  All the news is good.

Michael Rothenberg, co-founder of 100,000 Poets, Artists, Photographers, Musicians and Friends for Change [100TPC] – change being all that is peaceful and sustainable – reported yesterday that there are over 400 events scheduled in various places around the world to celebrate the fifth year of 100TPC.

Michael’s message:

“Don’t forget September 26 is the 5th Anniversary of 100 Thousand Poets for Change! So far over 400 events are confirmed for that day. If you believe that poetry, music, and all of the arts are capable of making a more peaceful and sustainable world then 100 Thousand Poets for Change is for you! Contact me with your name, city, country and email if you would like to organize an event in your town to celebrate this important day. I will sign you up!”

Meanwhile, we have over seventy people united with us on our Facebook discussion page, The BeZine 100TPC, 2015.  You are encouraged to join with us. Leave me a message in the comments area below if you want to be included. The more the better … we welcome diverse participation.  This year we are addressing “poverty.”

For Discussion Here:


Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), American Actress
Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993), American Actress

I took this photo outside a church theater. It reminded me of Actress Audrey Hepburn’s service as a UNICEF ambassador. She traveled widely as she worked on behalf of the poor and the hungry. She said, “I don’t believe in collective guilt, but I do believe in collective responsibility.” Your thoughts????

The Plan:

The tentative plan: On the 15th of September we will publish The BeZine as usual.  The theme is poverty.  We are reviewing submissions now.  Send them to and put “poverty” in the subject line.  Nothing over 1,000 words please and nothing that is unkind. Thank you!

On 26 September we will publish a blog post. Readers are invited to join with us by putting the links to their own relevant work in the comment section or to connect via Mr. Linky (directions will be provided).  We encourage you to read everyone’s work and to comment. We will then collect everything into one Page and publish that on The Bardo Group site.  Michael Rothenberg will include a PDF of the Page in 100TPC archives.

American-Israeli poet, writer and educator, Michael Dickel (War Surrounds Us) will take the lead for the September issue. Michael has hosted live 100TPC events in Israel for the past two years, has a third event scheduled for this October, and attended The First World Conference on the Future of 100TPC.  You can read his article on that event: Salerno, il mio amore.

The next issue of The BeZine is scheduled for 15 August 2015. The theme is music. The July 2015 issue is up for your reading pleasure. The theme is imagination and the critical spirit.  Link HERE.

Morning Comes Gently

IMG_4491Sleep moves with visions of events to come
and with stories and poems I’ve yet to write –
with gardens I dream to plant and songs
that never sang themselves before

Sometimes I meet myself in different incarnations
child, youth, young mother, wizened crone

 Then morning comes gently 

in soft refrains

“Rise and Shine”

The freshness of daybreak peeks in through blinds
Breezes stroke the shears with familiar affection
Ears spark to the rhythm of the rain on the roof or
the prattle of birds in trees and on telephone wires

I hear the bell at St. Joe’s I wonder ~
then realize I’m no longer a schoolgirl
From someplace in time comes the baby’s murmur,
but that gift is grown and gone now
I reach for the man and with relief remember
he’s another woman’s Sisyphean task
The cat, I move to pull her languid plumpness
into the cuddle of my arms but her dust
sits in a wooden box on my night table

Slowly now


I orient to time and place

The good Yesterday is stored in mothballs
The bright Tomorrow is a hope chest

Today has arrived

nature’s reset button

I rise and do shine in the spirit of my several selves
I stretch and yawn my way into this emerging
What unimagined adventures will come  
with this new sun and newer me? 

© 2015, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved