Monday, April 9, 2012


Next big step for the Cloudburst Council was to invite and confirm participants. I know there will be the usual flux and change of plans right up to the weekend. There always is. As was mailed out to people we have a schedule that divides the weekend up with poets and panels and open time for enjoying the landscape. The final schedule will be shaped by the poets at the event. It is really exciting to imagine all of us being together. In many cases it will be old friends seeing each other for the first time in awhile and also people meeting for the first time. The probability is most of us will know about half of the people there to start with. We still have a ways to go but here is the narrative on the program development. First off the schedule included panels we brainstormed-up over dinner at a meeting last November in Rochester, New York. Having a mixture of solo poetry presentations of thirty minutes and panel discussions of one hour seems settled. Ken Warren of House Organ sent an e-mail update on the Ides of March, "What seems to be striking the sweetest chord with friends to whom I've spoken about participating in the panels is "Friendship Among Poets." He goes on to suggest:

I want to re-frame the panels and bring them into a closer confluence with Cloudburst

The Magic Citadel

The Plasma of Friendship

Economy and Friendship


If I plug Ken's panels into the existing framework this is how our updated program works (below). Ken had ideas about particular poets for some of these panels and as we move farther along we'll all see the apples hanging on the tree. Ken said and I agree"Let's process this together and attempt to organize ourselves in a way that feels good, stimulates vision and achieves purpose."



 5-7 Registration
 5-7 Light Dinner Served (soup, bread, green salad or on your own)
 7-8 Panel - The Magic Citadel
 8:10-8:30 Poesy
 8:50-9:50 Panel - The Plasma of Friendship
 10-10:20 Poesy
 10:20-10:40 Wrap-up
 10:41 Party


 8:30-10 Breakfast Served (oatmeal,cereal,fruit,pastry,etc.)
 10-11 - Cloudburst
 11:10 - 11:50 - Poesy
 Noon- 1 Panel - Economy and Friendship
 1:10 - 1:30 Poesy
 1:30 Lunch Served (cold sandwiches bag lunch)
 Open Time 1:30 - 4

Tour of Seneca Point of Emergence with Steve Lewandowski (optional)

 4-4:20 Poesy
 4:30-5:00 Poesy
 5:30 - 7 Dinner (hot vegetarian etc.)
 7-10 - Open Reading
 10-10:10 Wrap-up
 10:11 Campfire Party


 9:30-11 Brunch (like Saturday Breakfast plus eggs and meat)
 9:30-11 Trade Fair
 11:10-12:10 Panel Gift
 12:20 - 1 Further

The idea for the Trade Fair is for those who want to trade to bring things they want to Trade or Gift.  It would be poetry books, broadsides, post card poems but also art work, seeds, plants, trees, pickles, dried corn, feathers, stones, really whatever the imagination allows. Our attendance is limited to thirty-five so it could be thirty-five of something or it could be two or three or one of a kind. The panel after the Trade Fair is Gift, based in part on Lewis Hyde’s book The Gift.

During open time on Saturday afternoon (1:30 – 4:00 pm) Steven Lewandowski will lead an expedition to a landscape where legend place the emergence of the Seneca people from one world by way of this opening to this world. Steve will also share some of his knowledge of the Finger Lakes watershed.


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