Community Event

I invited a group of people to become the voices of the Penokee Hills and to collaborate in the writing of poems to co-narrate the stories of the places we cherish, the values we hold and the needs that we share.

We began in the circle with an activity designed to allow us to hear some of the many voices of the Penokee Hills. As I described in the Wordle page, I gathered keywords from interviews and public events, keywords that are representative of people’s relationship to the landscape of the place that they cherish. We made use of those keywords as the raw material for the poems, like the potter’s clay. To give structure to the poetry writing activity I offered an “arc” for the poem which allowed the participants to organize those keywords with a series of action statements. Becoming the poets of their own landscape the participants spoke in the many voices of the Penokee Hills and shared a vision of the community and many of its core values.

After each group performed their poem we concluded the evening together in the circle where people shared reflections on how the event had allowed them to begin thinking in new ways about the conflict.

Below is a video compilation followed by a slideshow that together document the collective poetry event. The poems themselves can be seen in the next page.

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2 Responses to Community Event

  1. Greetings, you will not know me but I have come to know about your cause through my family who calls Ashland home. I was fortunate enough to have grown up in an area in Alaska were human life and nature were gently woven together and thus have a deep appericiation and respect for nature in all her beauty. I have come to find peace and energy from the hills and trees of your home. I hear the crys in your poetry and my heart breaks for the exploitation of mother nature. I want you to know that although I live 6 hours from the Penokee Hills my souls positive energy and strength is being sent to you all. Take care and stand stronge.
    *Beauty lies in the decision to work for change*

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