100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE …TODAY!

Saturday, September 24 · 11:30am 11:30pm


This event will take place in many cities, at the same time and date, outdoors when possible, and of course it will be televised. The main website is: http://www.100tpc.org

Poets For Change

The first order of change is for poets, writers, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. I think it will be empowering.

And of course there is the political/social change that many of us are talking about these days. There is trouble in the world. Wars, ecocide, the lack of affordable medical care, racism, the list goes on.

It appears that transformation towards a more sustainable world is a major concern and could be a global guiding principle for this event. Peace also seems to be a common cause. War is not sustainable. There is an increasing sense that we need to move forward and stop moving backwards. But I am trying not to be dogmatic. I am hoping that together we can develop our ideas of the “change/transformation” we are looking for as a group, and that each community group will decide their own specific area of focus for change for their particular event.

100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE …TODAY!

Apocalypse, Etc.

Bite me ... Apocalypse, Etc.

Note:

Humanity?

I am tired of your self-centered

Bullshit & whining ways

Stop this train, stop it now.

For we shall all remain… Dream.

Persevere

Into this life,

Or the next.

An ode to the dead world that is poetry, lost and faraway.

The ancient soul of Sappho gone and golden days.

Tear these words, voices away. Now only left with memories.


Let the prophets burn,

And create the visions of what shall be

Under the currents and beyond the sleep of the icons reach…

Let us

Speak of that which is human,

Love …this eternal dream

Forget the fools, the mundane

Apocalypse, Etc.

A wild ride,

An action packed extravaganza

With spooky, scary thrills

Coming soon to an idiot near you.

Fuck it… Fuck them.

I’m going out

For a drink &

Kiss my wife & kids

Goodnight.

Love thy neighbor

Love thy friends

For this life

Is all too short

To waste.

_______________________

R.M. Engelhardt 2012


Levitate

Levitate R.M. Engelhardt

Down on/upon the earth

Beneath the skies

“Dream-Land”

Where all the dreamers/poets dream

Gravitate, towards the great &

Immortality.

But

I don’t want

Any of

Those

Things.

Because

All I want is

You to

Levitate me.

And

Save me,

From the pain.

Initiate me

Revive me

Re~

Spark the night

Of fallen stars,

Night of hearts

Night of nights.

Send in all the angels

And all their white lights,

Send in all the lovers

And their crowns of thorns

And lies.

Cause I don’t need a

New religion

Or a guru to reach

The throne or goal 

Of life.

No.

Cause

I just need you

To levitate me

And talk softly to me

And love me all

My life

And say,

Repeat

All the ancient words

And incantations

That matter.

Cause

I don’t need

Immortality.

All I need

Is you.

_______________

R.M. Engelhardt 2011

Ghosts … Remembering 911

GHOSTS

911

There are ghosts wandering the streets of New York. Lost souls looking for their homes trapped in the wreckage and in the moment. Some never went towards the light, because they don’t know the truth. One woman is shouting to the firemen “I’m over here!” but the firemen look confused and cannot seem to hear her cries.They walk around in almost a daze, their purpose now unclear,and there is no sense of time, for the moment repeats & repeats and repeats & the words of “Help me” and the sounds of voices in prayer & machines drown out the last consciousness of thought.

There are ghosts wandering the streets of New York. Only a moment ago a policeman covered with dust was seen to be walking past a group of rescue workers only to disappear into the night, and shortly thereafter he was followed by the apparition of a crowd of office workers holding hands who were later identified as those missing in the destruction, their photos posted on billboards & placed in Union Square next to American flags, candles and flowers, always to be remembered and never to be forgotten. Yes, there are ghosts wandering the streets of New York, but we need to let them go, one by one, heart by heart and soul by soul so we can go on living, because that’s what they would have wanted. No more suffering, and no more grief or pain, but only the memory of all things cherished,and all things believed.

 God…love…peace and faith….always.

___________________

R.M. Engelhardt 2001

New Work On Albany Poets, Albany-NY

Poetry Lives In Albany NY

By Thom Francis 

As part of rolling out the new AlbanyPoets.com website, we are inviting the poets on the site to send us some new work that we can post. One of the first poets to take us up on the offer happens to be one of the first poets on the site when Albany Poets began in 2000.

Albany, NY based poet, writer R.M. Engelhardt has published several books over the last decade including Nod~Logos~Alchemy~The Last Cigarette: The Collected Poems of R.M. Engelhardt & others. His current experimental book of poetry & prose is called “Versus-Lexikon” A poet & writer, Engelhardt through his ideas & visions has helped to create a large amount of the Upstate, Albany, NY spoken word~poetry scene and is the host of “SAINT POEM READING SERIES” an Open Forum-Mic For All Poets held every 3rd Monday of each month at The Upstate Artists Guild (UAG).His work has also been published by many journals on the net & in print including Retort, Verve, Industrial Nation, Sure! The Charles Bukowski Newsletter, Thunder Sandwich, Fashion For Collapse, 2nd Avenue, The Angry Poet, Danse Macabre, Full of Crow & many others.

New Work On Albany Poets, Albany-NY

Working Again …

Labor Day Workers

Good morning …

Just one more cup of coffee

Take the highway

I’m gonna make it to the line

And put my time in

Like my old man before me

Died in dreamland

With the union by his side

But not tonight

Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be working

But not tonight

Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be Working again …

Talk to me

Just don’t talk at me

Don’t look through me

Don’t push me to the wall

Cause right now, right now

There ain’t a lot left to lose

And from where I sit It just ain’t that far a fall

But not tonight

Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be working

But not tonight Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be Working again …

Cause out on the street tonight

There ain’t nothing to look up to but the sky

It’s so close a reach tonight

All the sellers, all the buyers All the lovers, all the liars

And baby You keep telling me what you’re needing

If only I just had a little more to give

But I’m tapped out, tapped out

Broke down and busted

And this ain’t no It just ain’t no way to live

But not tonight

Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be working

But not tonight

Tonight I’m gonna try a little harder

But come the light I’m gonna be Working again …

I’m gonna be working again…

_______________

Working Again —

Words and music by Michael Stanley from “Heartland”,

1980, EMI Records Group

R.M. Engelhardt Poet~Writer, Albany, NY http://rmengehardt.tumblr.com Albany, NY based poet, writer R.M. Engelhardt has published several books over the last decade including Nod~Logos~Alchemy~The Last Cigarette: The Collected Poems of R.M. Engelhardt & others. His current experimental book of poetry & prose is called “Versus-Lexikon” A poet & writer, Engelhardt through his ideas & visions has helped to create a large amount of the Upstate, Albany, NY spoken word~poetry scene and is the host of “SAINT POEM READING SERIES” an Open Forum-Mic For All Poets held every 3rd Monday of each month at The Upstate Artists Guild (UAG).His work has also been published by many journals on the net & in print including Retort, Verve, Industrial Nation, Sure! The Charles Bukowski Newsletter, Thunder Sandwich, Fashion For Collapse, 2nd Avenue, The Angry Poet, Danse Macabre, Full of Crow & many others.