WITS Writers Unite Through WAR Exhibit

Posted September 16, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Ten WITS writers, adults and students, will speak out at the  Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) on Friday, Sept. 16th.

MECA, an organization that emphasizes justice, diversity, and creativity through arts and cultural programming, presents a synergy of visual and literary works through WAR, featuring written responses to photography by artist Pablo Bobbio. The exhibit opens Friday, September 16 at 7:00 PM, at the MECA Dow School Campus, 1900 Kane Street, with a reception and reading by poets and writers from Writers in the Schools, Flamenco Poets Society, and emerging poets. Admission is free and open to the public.

MECA describes WAR as an attempt “to provide a warning cry where voices may have an echo. WAR is composed of 20 photo montages composed by the artist Pablo Bobbio and exposes through metaphorical language, the significance of wars as expressed by a group of writers and poets.  These men and women inspired by Bobbio’s striking images, use written language to express situations that impede liberty, the necessity for reason and the need for ethics.  Sixty writers and poets from 18 countries around the world generously accompanied the completion of the portfolio: WAR Writers 20 to 20 Photos. The road show is scheduled to take place in the country of origin of the participants, beginning in 2011 in Latin America, from Argentina to Cuba with the idea of ​​continuing to Europe, from Portugal to Finland, during the years 2012 and 2013.”

Please join WITS in honoring this important work. For more information, visit Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA).

The Horses’ Poet is Thankful Forever

Posted March 18, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

I’m thankful
for horses.
They gallop
in the wind
like a lion’s
mane flowing
in the breeze,
like a poet’s
mind thinking of
ideas forever.

I love
being a poet.
I write
horses, thankful
for jazz music

Thankful horses,
glad to sleep.
Poets love
to write
about anything
they want.
Also God’s soul
rest in peace
without being disturbed

Forever, at
bedtime, I think
thankful horses
should do silly
dances and
act like
clowns. I
wish I was
a real

By Jalen, 4th grade
[photo by Ingrid0804 via flickr]