Grab your beret, your bongos, and favorite Jack Kerouac novel and head to downtown Kent on Saturday May 16th (from noon to 1:30 pm) to experience the instant inspiration of local poetry. Poetry in the Park (at Home Savings Plaza) is a program of Standing Rock Cultural Arts that is sponsored by the City of Kent, Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Outreach Program, Arts Alive, and City Bank Antiques that features the personal expressions of local poets of all ages. It’s fun, it’s free — and it’s exactly the kind of unconventional afternoon that makes living in a university city so great.
Following the long winter I always find myself drawn to messages with nature and getting outdoors in mind. To that end, here’s one of my favorites to get you motivated to be a part of Poetry in the Park.
“One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast… a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards.”