Showing posts with label poetry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label poetry. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Franklin Cultural Districts: #artshappenhere starting with poetry Wednesday!

Let's start with poetry. A great start and everything else follows. Dr Steinberg speaks at Dean Thursday. Farmers Market Friday. Harvest Festival Saturday. Tyrolean Festival at THE BLACK BOX & Oktoberfest at 67 Degrees. LiveARTS Concert on Sunday.

Yes, another set of #artshappenhere events in Franklin!

Wednesday, September 28

Fall Storywalk (Delcarte Recreation)

6:00pm - People's Poetry (open mic for poetry) (Escape Into Fiction)

6:30pm - Teen Poets Society (open mic for poetry) (Franklin Public Library)


Thursday, September 29

Fall Storywalk (Delcarte Recreation)

6:00pm - Dean Leadership Institute: Dr Charles Steinberg (Dean College - Guidry Center)

6:00pm - Nick & Emily (live music) (La Cantina Winery)


Friday, September 30

Fall Storywalk (Delcarte Recreation)

2:00pm - Farmers Market (Franklin Town Common)

3:30pm - Heather Dreary (live music) (Franklin Town Common)

6:00pm - Charlie Rock (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

6:00pm - Kendo Acoustic (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)


Saturday, October 1

Fall Storywalk (Delcarte Recreation)

10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

12:00pm - Harvest Festival (street fair with vendors, music, etc.) (Downtown Franklin)

1:00pm - Tyrolean Festival (food & music) (THE BLACK BOX)

4:00pm - Nick & Emily (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

4:00pm - Oktoberfest Celebration - Afro Fusion Restaurant (67 Degrees Brewery)

6:00pm - Oktoberfest Celebration - Sudden Odd Behavior Music (67 Degrees Brewery)


Sunday, October 2

Fall Storywalk (Delcarte Recreation)

12:00pm - Pumpkin Patch Sale (St John’s Episcopal Church)

1:00pm - Jimmy Fund Walk (fund raiser) (La Cantina Winery)

1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

1:00pm - Oktoberfest Celebration - Raina’s Plate (67 Degrees Brewery)

1:00pm - Oktoberfest Celebration - Scott Damgaard (67 Degrees Brewery)

3:00pm - LiveARTS: Musical Magic! (First Universalist Society - 262 Chestnut St)


Monday, October 3

Fall Storywalk (Delcarte Recreation)

4:00pm - Pumpkin Patch Sale (St John’s Episcopal Church)


Tuesday, October 4

Fall Storywalk (Delcarte Recreation)

4:00pm - Pumpkin Patch Sale (St John’s Episcopal Church)

6:30pm - Franklin Garden Club meeting (Franklin Public Library) 

6:30pm - Franklin LGBTQ Alliance meeting (Timeless CrossFit)


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The Franklin Art Association Art Gallery remains open during business hours at Escape into Fiction (Main St, Franklin)

Find the full Community event calendar  https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/blog-page.html

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events    https://www.franklinculture.org/things-do/pages/calendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:  https://forms.gle/oPdi8X3ZbHHyrHzo6

The Town meeting calendar is found  https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar
The School district calendar is found  https://www.franklinps.net/calendar-by-event-type/26 

Franklin Cultural District: Arts are happening here!
Franklin Cultural District: #Artshappenhere

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Escape into Fiction hosts People's Poetry - Sep 28 at 6 PM; Library hosts Teen Poets Society at 6:30

1 - People's poetry 

An open mic event at the Escape Into Fiction book store facilitated by Jamil Adams

I was planning on being there myself until the Town Council meeting moved from last week to this. And then I found the Finance Committee meeting scheduled for 6 PM. Yes, the same start time.

Oh well. I'll do the meetings, you can do the poetry, we'll meet later and compare notes.

Or as Rumi said:
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there."

 

Escape into Fictions hosts People's Poetry - Sep 28 at 6 PM
Escape into Fictions hosts People's Poetry - Sep 28 at 6 PM

Shared from Escape Into Fiction's Instagram -> 

You can visit Escape Into Fiction online -> https://www.escapeintofiction.com/
or on Main St

2 - Teen Poets Society

Teens! Join us for our very own version of the Dead Poets Society! Come share your favorite poems, prose, or lyrics, or just come to listen! 

Library hosts Teen Poets Society at 6:30
Library hosts Teen Poets Society at 6:30


Saturday, September 24, 2022

"I only ask that you care before it’s too late" (video)

Amanda Gorman finds the word to speak to the United Nations General Assembly:
"I only ask that you care before it’s too late, That you live aware and awake, That you lead with love in hours of hate." At #UNGA, poet, activist & supporter shared a powerful poem calling for urgent action to achieve the #GlobalGoals.

screengrab from UN video
Amanda Gorman at UN, screengrab from UN video



Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Senior Story Hour - WFPR: Ep. 044 - How To Handle Being Bored, Unexpected Science Discoveries, Meeting Ben Affleck and more (audio)

In this episode, The Franklin Senior Center Writers Group share stories, poems, writings plays and more about how to stop being bored when you find yourself bored, weird unexpected science discoveries, how Alice met Ben Affleck at a movie premiere, sharing poems of love, and a collection of sherkus.

This episode aired on Franklin Radio for August 2022.

Audio link -> https://senior-scribblers.captivate.fm/episode/ep-044-how-to-handle-being-bored-unexpected-science-discoveries-meeting-ben-affleck-at-a-movie-premiere-highschool-summer-memories-love-poems-and-more

Senior Story Hour - WFPR
Senior Story Hour - WFPR


Senior Story Hour - WFPR

The Franklin Senior Center Writer's Group. Steve Sherlock hosts The Franklin Senior Center Writer's Group for a monthly reading of short stories, essays, poetry and more. 


Sunday, July 17, 2022

Senior Story Hour: Episode 043 - Life Advice to a Young Person, Poetry, The Story of Sherku, Christian Camp & more (audio)

In this episode, The Franklin Senior Center share stories, poems, writings plays and more about life advice for a young person in need, the story of Sherku, christian camp and more!

This episode aired on Franklin Radio for July 2022.

Audio file -> https://senior-scribblers.captivate.fm/episode/episode-043-life-advice-to-a-young-person-poetry-the-story-of-sherku-christian-camp-and-more

Senior Story Hour: Episode 043
Senior Story Hour: Episode 043


Monday, June 13, 2022

Senior Story Hour: Episode 042 - Uvalde, Cribbage, Visiting The Neighborhood, Amazon and More (audio)

"In this episode, the Franklin Senior Center writer's group share stories, poems, writings and more about the tragedy Uvalde, Cribbage and a String of Pearls, Revisiting old neighborhoods, Amazon deliveries and more!

This episode aired on Franklin Radio for June 2022."

Audio file -> https://senior-scribblers.captivate.fm/episode/episode-042-uvalde-cribbage-visiting-the-neighborhood-amazon-and-more

Senior Story Hour: Episode 042
Senior Story Hour: Episode 042


The writer's group meets weekly on Wednesday's at 1 PM either in person at the Senior Center or virtually via Zoom. Once a month we meet at the Franklin TV studio to record this session for radio and podcast.

If you would like to join the writer's group contact the Senior Center or send me an email (shersteve @ gmail.com) and we'll get you on the mailing list.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

"Who Will Clean Out The Desks"

"As part of teacher appreciation month, Morning Edition asked NPR's audience to write a poem about teachers who have had an impact on their lives. 
We put out this call a week before the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, so the majority of contributors are not reflecting on that horrific day but a late addition did reflect that loss. 
We received over 300 responses, and NPR's poet in residence Kwame Alexander took lines from submissions to create a community poem. 
This poem is dedicated to all teachers, but especially to Irma Garcia and Eva Mireles, fourth grade teachers who lost their lives at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde."
Continue reading the community generated poem online

 

A teacher cleans a desk in a classroom during a media tour at Dorothy Eisenberg Elementary School in Las Vegas.  (John Locher/AP)
A teacher cleans a desk in a classroom during a media tour at Dorothy Eisenberg Elementary School in Las Vegas.  (John Locher/AP)

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Senior Story Hour - WFPR: Baseball, Hockey, Spring, Meatloaf and So Much More (audio)

"In this episode, The Franklin Senior Center writers group presents stories and poems about growing up playing baseball, being a mother in a hockey family, the dawning of Spring, how meatloaf saved Zenobia's life and much more. 
This episode aired on Franklin Radio for April 2022"

Senior Story Hour - WFPR: Baseball, Hockey, Spring, Meatloaf and So Much More (audio)
Senior Story Hour - WFPR: Baseball, Hockey, Spring, Meatloaf and So Much More (audio)


Saturday, January 8, 2022

#LoveFranklin - Open Mic Night at THE BLACK BOX - 12/08/21 (audio)

FM #689 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 689 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the #LoveFranklin Open Mic Night held on Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021 at THE BLACK BOX.  


The evening master of ceremony duties were shared by MacKenzie Atwood and Jamele Adams.


The original raw recording runs an hour and 36 minutes. You’ll be listening to the edited version which is shortened by about 12 minutes. 


Key reasons for shortening the recording (1) to spare your ears the jarring sound of cleaning the microphone between performers. (2) A couple of the audience participation exercises were shortened. (How much indistinct audience/crowd noise can you listen to?). 


One percussion performance added at the last minute during the evening was also shortened. The percussion exercise was good to be in while it happened but would have been headache inducing to listen to. So we spared you that. No other performance was shortened or edited in any way.


Let’s listen to the Love Franklin Open Mic Night of Dec 8, 2021.

https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-689-lovefranklin-open-mic-night-12-08-21


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The lineup for the "Love Franklin" Open Mic Night at THE BLACK BOX


1. Jamele Adams - poem

2. Mia Magliari - All I Ask by Adele

3. Audrey Olmstead - She by Dodie

4. Hope Guanga - If I knew by Bruno Mars

5. Mackenzie Atwood - Back In (self written poem)

6. Joe Maple and Audrey Olmstead - Can't Help Falling in Love with you

7. Meghan Whitmore - Her Personal Story

8. Andrew Mitchell - Crisis by Joshua Bassett

9. Maria Zaki - Complainers by Rudy Francisco

10. Steve Sherlock - Poem: Variations on the theme of "A dark and stormy night"

11. Hope Guanga - Crocodile Rock by Elton John

12. Judi Perez - percussion exercise


Jamele closes with a recap of some of the audience inspirations


More information about the Freedom Team can be found online -> https://www.franklinfreedomteam.org/


More of my poetry can be found at quietpoet.com/ 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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for the 'selfie exercise' with Meghan Whitmore
for the 'selfie exercise' with Meghan Whitmore

Pantherbook article on this event -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/12/pantherbook-lovefranklin-open-mic-night.html

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Pantherbook: LoveFranklin Open Mic Night - Dec 8, 2021

Friday, December 31, 2021

"May this be the day We come together"

A poem? In Franklin Matters? Why? 

Sometimes the poet has the words to say what needs to be said. In this case, the new work by Amanda Gorman fits the need so very well.  


‘New Day's Lyric’ by Amanda Gorman

May this be the day

We come together.

Mourning, we come to mend, 

Withered, we come to weather,

Torn, we come to tend,

Battered, we come to better. 

Tethered by this year of yearning,

We are learning

That though we weren't ready for this, 

We have been readied by it.

Steadily we vow that no matter

How we are weighed down,

We must always pave a way forward.

This hope is our door, our portal.

Even if we never get back to normal, 

Someday we can venture beyond it,

To leave the known and take the first steps. 

So let us not return to what was normal, 

But reach toward what is next.

What was cursed, we will cure.

What was plagued, we will prove pure.

Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree,

Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee, 

Where we weren't aware, we're now awake;

Those moments we missed

Are now these moments we make,

The moments we meet,

And our hearts, once all together beaten,

Now all together beat.

Come, look up with kindness yet,

For even solace can be sourced from sorrow. 

We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday, 

But to take on tomorrow.

We heed this old spirit,

In a new day's lyric,

In our hearts, we hear it:

For auld lang syne, my dear, 

For auld lang syne.

Be bold, sang Time this year, 

Be bold, sang Time,

For when you honor yesterday, 

Tomorrow ye will find.

Know what we've fought

Need not be forgot nor for none.

It defines us, binds us as one, 

Come over, join this day just begun. 

For wherever we come together, 

We will forever overcome.

 



and USA Today

Listen to Amanda read this poem in her Instagram video ->

Monday, December 13, 2021

Pantherbook: LoveFranklin Open Mic Night - Dec 8, 2021

Overview 

"From the cast of Franklin High School’s Mamma Mia! to a Dean College faculty member, Franklin community members from all backgrounds were able to express themselves on stage on December 8th, 2021. Mackenzie Atwood, FHS senior, had the emcee position for the first half of the night and, expectedly, provided a very entertaining experience for the audience members. She kept the audience constantly engaged through small anecdotes about the participants and subtle quips. (Notable audience members included Steve Sherlock and Dr. Sara Ahern). Atwood started the night off by highlighting her recent experience at the October school committee meeting and emphasized the importance of “speaking up for people who can’t speak up for themselves.” She later conveyed her experiences as an openly gay student through an original poem– a beautiful one, might I add. Participants in the latter portion of the night were introduced by Jamele Adams, the leader of the Franklin Freedom Team. "
Interview

"An Accepting Community – Meghan Whitmore

For those of you who don’t know, Meghan Whitmore is a transgender woman who delivered a heartfelt speech on Open Mic Night about her experience transitioning and the reception she received afterward. Her moving words illustrated the importance of inclusivity, and Whitmore even stressed how touching it was to have people accept her as a woman."

Interview

"Love One Another, Stand for Change – Jamele Adams

Needing no introduction due to his large impact on Franklin, Jamele Adams immediately captivated his listeners when he began to recite his poem. Although he was a participant in the event, Adams also played a significant role in organizing Open Mic Night, so when I broached the idea of making it an annual show, he enthusiastically replied, “More than once a year, hopefully, this could happen once a week!“, elaborating on the fact that “the Open Mic affected everyone in this space […] Folks shared that they were absolutely moved and then at the end when people were asked to write about how they were inspired, they shared how they were inspired […] People were moved in the space. People shared their narrative because they trusted in the space, and the energy was powerful and welcoming, and warm, supportive, and filled with advocacy for love. “


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Pantherbook: LoveFranklin Open Mic Night - Dec 8, 2021

Sunday, November 21, 2021

wfpr.fm: Senior Story Hour - November 2021 (audio)

"In this episode, the Franklin Senior Center writers group presents stories and poems about nature, boot camp, Falmouth MA, discussion on language and prose, life and spirituality, the dark times during the height of COVID-19, and running cross country."

This episode aired on Franklin Radio for November 2021.


Find more episodes in Google Podcast (or your favorite podcast app) ->   https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9zZW5pb3Itc2NyaWJibGVycy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vcnNzZmVlZA

Yes, listeners might recognize my voice towards the end of this episode. The cross country quintet I wrote can be found ->  https://www.quietpoet.com/2021/11/sherku-cross-country-quintet.html

You can also find the Senior Writer's group on the air anywhere in your browser window at wfpr.fm  or 102.9 on the local Franklin area FM band. Friday's at 11 AM, 2 and 8 PM, repeating on Saturday's at 4 PM

wfpr.fm: Senior Story Hour - November 2021
wfpr.fm: Senior Story Hour - November 2021

Monday, September 6, 2021

The Freedom Trail: Imaging the Age of Phyllis


On September 1, 1773, Phillis Wheatley's "Poem's on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral" was published in London. Wheatley's collection was the first volume of poetry by an author of African descent to be published.  https://t.co/vzW8rtgG7x https://t.co/PwEZPZkt4F

"For many, Phillis Wheatley Peters is well known as a poet, but not as a woman. She is mainly remembered as a literary prodigy and enslaved girl in 18th century Boston who became the first African American woman to publish a book of poetry.

Poet HonorĂ©e Fanonne Jeffers sought to revive and expand our collective memory of Phillis through her award-winning book The Age of Phillis. Jeffers’s evocative work calls on us to imagine Phillis through her other identities: a daughter of Africa, a friend, a wife, a mother, and an author who spoke to the historical moment of the American Revolution."

Imaging the Age of Phyllis ->  https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/exhibits/imagining-the-age-of-phillis/

The Freedom Trail: Imaging the Age of Phyllis
The Freedom Trail: Imaging the Age of Phyllis

Monday, August 30, 2021

"poetry reminds me of those mysterious truths that can’t be reduced solely to linear thought"

"In this weary and vulnerable place, poetry whispers of truths that cannot be confined to mere rationality or experience. In a seemingly wrecked world, I’m drawn to Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Autumn” and recall that “there is One who holds this falling/Infinitely softly in His hands.” When the scriptures feel stale, James Weldon Johnson preaches through “The Prodigal Son” and I hear the old parable anew. On tired Sundays, I collapse into Wendell Berry’s Sabbath poems and find rest.

I’m not alone in my interest in this ancient art form. Poetry seems to be making a comeback. According to a 2018 survey by the National Endowment for the Arts, the number of adults who read poetry nearly doubled in five years, marking the highest number on record for the last 15 years. The poet Amanda Gorman stole the show at this year’s presidential inauguration, and her collection “The Hill We Climb” topped Amazon’s best-seller list.

There is not a simple or singular reason for this resurgence. But I think a particular gift of poetry for our moment is that good poems reclaim the power and grace of words."
Continue reading the article online. (Subscription maybe required) 
I wake fearful
take a breath
realize
it is a
new day, we
can do this!

For more sherku and other verse I write visit https://www.quietpoet.com/


in our age of social media, words are often used as weapons. Poetry instead treats words with care
"in our age of social media, words are often used as weapons. Poetry instead treats words with care"


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston: HOME Poetry reading March 5-6

Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston (@ArtsinBoston) tweeted on Wed, Feb 17, 2021:
"The next HOME poetry reading and workshop will be on March 5-6. The theme is "I Belong There", and the facilitator is Monica Sok. In this workshop, we will read poetry of exile and ask ourselves what it means to create (be)longing inside of our poems."


City of Boston poet laureate  https://www.boston.gov/departments/arts-and-culture/city-boston-poet-laureate
 
 
Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston: HOME Poetry reading March 5-6
Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston: HOME Poetry reading March 5-6