We are an international group of poets from countries like the United States, Canada, Polands, Turkey, China, Jordan, India, Lebanon and more. We are starting on our sixth year as a collective publishing a book of poetry every month for the last 60 months. We are also diverse in our religious affiliations and practices. Each year there is a cover theme. There have been flowers, trees, gems and birds. Last year, we focus each monthly volume on a society and culture including Maori (December), Highlands Scots, Nez Perce, Oceania, Northern Africa and more.
We feel that our poetry creates understanding, improved relationships and international cooperation.
We would like to focus our poetry this year on indigenous languages, growing awareness of the value of linguistic and cultural diversity, learning from those who are different and appreciating our similarities.
The Inner Child Poetry Posse writes a volume of The Year of The Poet each month with different themes and would like to designate the indigenous languages as the theme for 2019 William S. Peters, Sr. is the founder and leader of the collective and many of us are award winning poets who have presented at International poetry events.
Here is a list of the Inner Child Press Poetry Posse Poets who have been involved over the years (the asterisk indicates how many years the person has been involved):
Jamie Bond **
Gail Weston Shazor ******
Albert ‘Infinite’ Carrasco ****
Siddartha Beth Pierce **
Janet P. Caldwell ***
June ‘Bugg’ Barefield *
Debbie M. Allen *
Tony Henninger **
Joe DaVerbal Minddancer *****
Robert Gibbons *
Neetu Wali *
Caroline 'Ceri Naz' Nazareno ****
Elizabeth Castillo ****
Jen Walls **
Alfreda Ghee **
Anna Jakubczak vel Ratty Adalan **
Bismay Mohanty *
Tezmin Ition Tsai **
Ashok K. Bhargava **
Shareef Abdur – Rasheed ******
Kimberly Burnham ******
Ann White **
Jackie Allen ******
Teresa E. Gallion ******
Katherine Wyatt *
Hulya N. Yilmaz ******
Keith Alan Hamilton **
Alan W. Jankowski **
Demetrios Trifiatis *
Nizar Sartawi ***
Alicia C. Cooper *
Hrisikesh Padhye *
Fahredin Shehu *
Faleeha Hassan **
Alicja Maria Kuberska **
Swapna Behera **
Eliza Segiet *
William S. Peters, Sr. ******
Each book features three guest poets from the International community and collective members are asked to write one poem directly related to the theme and two more on subjects of their choosing. The theme for 2019 has been designated to focus on indigenous languages in each of the following regions.
1. North American and Native Americans [Buy the Print Book or Download Free eBook]
2. South American Indigenous peoples and Mesoamerica
3. Caribbean Caribbean
4. Africa Central and West Africa
5. Asia Southeast Asia and Maritime Asia
6. Arctic Circumpolar
7. Africa Horn of Africa
8. Asia Southwest Asia and the Middle East
9. Caucasus Caucasus
10. Africa Nile Valley and North Africa
11. Asia Northern Asia, China, Japan, etc.
12. Australia Oceana
A found poem is a poem crafted from the words of another—a quote from someone famous or words found on a scrap of paper written by someone unknown to the poet. A found poem can be teased out of the words of a friend or a colleague, occasionally a child. Sometime the words are written out in the same order as they are found, sometimes the order is changed, fine tuned, or adjusted. The words are changed, made the poet's own by what is taken and what is left behind. Choices are made and that makes all the difference.
Einstein's Peace, a Found Poem
Learn from yesterday
peace cannot be kept by force
achieve by understanding
Live for today
look deep into nature
do not stop questioning
hope for tomorrow's
will take you everywhere
Martin Luther King's Daybreak of Peace, a Found Poem
Starless midnight of racism and war
in the silence of good people
come here on different ships
Change the system
justice, love, peace
become a reality
in the bright daybreak of peace
the final word
Walk in the light of creativity
stand at times of challenge
work for our freedom
in the same boat now
Virginia Woolf's Peace Poetry, a Found Poem
You cannot find peace
by avoiding life
in every secret of a writer's soul
Language and poetry
friends and beauty
riot and extravagance
laughter and anguish
Cutting the heart asunder
value life more
Excepts from Year of the Poet August 2015 Volume
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