THE POARTRY PROJECT
building loving worlds through loving words
WHAT IS POARTRY?
VOICING ART POETRY READINGS
MONTHLY POETRY OF NATURE WALKS
All Poartry Project events welcome and encourage the participation of children and their families and mentors!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2-3 pm US eastern time
PLEIN AIR POETRY OF NATURE WALK
(virtual + in-person)
Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, VT in-person
wherever you are in the world online)
SAVE THE DATE:
NEXT VOICING ART POETRY READING +
CALL TO WRITERS
OCTOBER 19th, 2 – 3 pm
Nomad Coffee South End Station, Burlington, VT
In-person + simulcast online livestream
THE POARTRY PROJECT READS AT WORDS + ART
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX
We’ll be reading our new work, ‘David Where You Are’, in ekphrastic response to Steven Evans’ art exhibit, ‘If I Can’t Dance, It’s Not My Revolution’ at Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum. The spirit of David Bowie and Prince will ensue! If you’re in Houston, I hope you’ll drop by. For those in other parts of the world, the poem and an audio reading of it will be posted here the Poetry Portfolio page after the event.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE LATEST FREE LITTLE POETRY?
in SHEBOYGAN, WISCONSIN!
In July, we had a wonderful time hosting a special surprise Pop-Up Poetry of Nature Walk. As we headed out to our Chicago basecamp for the month, we pondered where to do our special walk, especially since we were introducing a real-time livestream option for the first time so that anyone, anywhere in the world, can walk along wherever The Poartry Project is in person. A few weeks into our Chicago time, we still didn’t know where the walk would be, but then it hit us: Bookworm Gardens! During one of our winter treks to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the Bookworm Gardens somehow hit our radar, but it’s only open during the summer months, so we had not yet been. What more magical a spot could we ask for than beautiful outdoor gardens where beloved scenes from favorite childhood books are brought to life?! And, of course, there was charming Little Free Library right at the entrance in front of the Magic School Bus, so we left the new poem we wrote on the Poetry of Nature Walk, ‘Bookland’, as our Free Little Poem.
Niquette Bay State Park
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POARTRY PROJECT ORIGIN STORY + CREATOR
Ever wonder about more of the origin story of The Poartry Project and its resident creator?
WHAT IS POARTRY?
In our modern society driven by hero worship of technology, engineering, math, science, business and digital influence, poetry continues to be a special place in our world that people aspire to. But with the beautiful rise of STEM and the digital world has come overload, and poetry has experienced a resurgence as an antidote to overload – a quiet refuge for reflection, observation, interpretation, beauty, meaning-making, inspiration, grieving, healing and experiencing the sacred.
“Poartry” is a sacred space. Poartry is about seeing and voicing the art in all things. It is the nurturing and sharing of the art and culture of building loving worlds through loving words (and visuals). The Poartry Project was created by a poet, writer, visual artist, “cartographer of the unseen” and agent of beauty and perception to light a path of good in the world. We do this to foster, evoke and celebrate the potential in all lives; cultivate the power of interpretation; nurture courteous communication as civil world citizens; and build bridges of understanding. Through the experience of our world travels, we make special effort to serve the generally-underserved communities of youth, elders, immigrants and refugees, and all of our events and services actively welcome and encourage these communities.
Poartry uses poetry and visual art to share the experience of the unseen and the “golden threads” lyrically revealed by sensitive poets down the ages of universal timeless truths underlying and shaping our physical world and experiences in new ways. These new ways expand perception, interpretation and context beyond the physical – and even emotional and mental – for deeper and more meaningfully informed insight, connection and culture of caring in our lives and world.
Words literally build worlds. It is our hope and aim that the world built, shared and engaged with here is found to be beautiful, magical, boundless and meaningful, and that visitors will come to realize or deepen understanding that we are all here together on Earth as citizens of a far greater and wider extraordinary natural world of the unseen beyond the seen, on a shared mission and expedition of good to help unfold the wonders of the universe and the place, purpose and plans of all lives living within it.