In the guise of a beggar, Odysseus returned to Ithaca.
It's back-to-school and another season of wonder. In teaching teenage incarcerated boys, my heart clenches like a fist knocking to get in, never to get over, only to see them rise to the occasion of their powerful minds.
Introducing poetry elicits predictable, almost requisite, groans. For years, students (possibly you felt the same puzzlement?) have been introduced to Whitman, Dickinson & Eliot first, giving them the sense that poetry is an intractable item they must get through to be "educated." Students, like many of us, gain entry to poetry through connection. At IthacaLit we publish work that speaks to life as it is here & now in all its diversity.
from Song of the Wreckage
by Danez Smith
I have no time for Red to be beautiful
with summer bloodied as it is & normal
as it’s become, with the rusted, small bones
of boys who should be my father’s age
buried under the beaming bones of boys
who should be my age, still tinged with meat.
The fall issue, like the season itself, is alive with change and the opportunity to spin colors falling, changing, fading & startling into hope for what's to come. We take another look at this approaching end to blossoms blooming, and we – reverse the gaze – for there are promises of renewal as blossoms move to mulch, creating each new thing.
Thanks for joining our journey!
In This Issue
Our Featured Poet, Sarah Kay, inspires with her vital approach to connection using spoken word in education & in life to figure out what's going on. She is the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E. Founded in 2004, Project V.O.I.C.E. is a team of highly accomplished writers, performers, & educators dedicated to using spoken word as an educational tool.
Our Featured Artist, Naomi Edmark, is an emerging artist whose work confronts how Black women in the United States are portrayed and re-imagined.
Our poets JW Burns, Franny Choi, Dominique Christine, Darren Demaree, Gabriel Furshong, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Laura Brown-Lavoie, Donald Levering, John Repp, Clint Smith, Danez Smith, and Brandon Williamson deliver an array of words that "make it new!"
This issue is dedicated to encouraging Spoken Word poets to submit their work to IthacaLit. Their vital performance of poetry recalls that direct connection poetry has with its audience. Don't forget to check out our News, Art & Interviews pages. Thank you for being with us on this journey to home. And please don't forget to drop a us a line --holler back.
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Lucky Street Gallery
Featured Artist. IthacaLit, Summer 2012
Public Art in Detroit
Tyree Guyton, founder of the Heidelberg Project
Executive Director Jenenne Whitfield
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed working with you on “Heidelberg at Harvard”...you got people talking and thinking. That provocation alone made the project a great success ...I will remember the film screening and discussion we had as one of the great moments of my time at Harvard. --John Beardsley Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Harvard University
New Book Release
Conditioned Response reminds us that we are prepared by family, experience and government to react to the events that affect us in our daily lives, shaping our future, often without our consent. Published by
Nazar Look, which is is dedicated to the preservation of the severely endangered Tatar language.
Gary Beck is a theater director. His poetry collections include Days of Destruction (Skive Press) & Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press). His novels include Extreme Change (Cogwheel Press) Acts of Defiance (Artema Press) & Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing). Perceptions, Displays, Fault Lines and Tremors will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. Gary Beck's original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. He currently lives in New York City.
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