Believeis a League of Canadian Poets postcard for Poem in Your Pocket Day. Download the League’s 2020 PIYP Day Booklet here! Poem in Your Pocket Day will take place this year on April 30, 2020. Read on for more #Stay at Home River Revery Updates!
Wishing Well, the poetry film/poem was featured in the LYRA ’20 Bristol Poetry Festival on the Environment on March 14, 2020.
it’s time for #RiverReveryLdn in a stay at home, Home Sweet Home way!
Remember to post your photos and words about “knowticing” the beauty around us as Spring begins her gentle entrance. Find moments of beauty around your Home sweet home and post to #RiverReveryLdn to become part of the story and featured on the Story Wall here at RiverRevery.ca!
To “knowtice” is to bring both our attention to and our intention to know and to care for the natural beauty around us.
Join me at the Central Library for some creative discovery. We’ll be drawing with Augmented Reality, and editing photos and videos with mobile apps to harness the creative power of that smartphone in your pocket.
Creating with technology calls for a poke and play mindset.
There are no wrong answers.
Let your curiosity, your courage and creativity awaken your sense of play.
We will be using apps that are listed on the Community Resources page. Bring your curiosity! This is “discovery learning” — when you jump into mobile photo and video editing and drawing in AR. Technology, apps, are all changing so quickly nowadays that it isn’t really possible to learn “how to do” — now you need to learn “how to learn” through what I like to call, the poke and play method.
It’s creative thinking that is good for you and your brain. What happens when I do this…? and this? And what happens when I combine these two actions together? Ask questions, be curious, test and find out. A perfect mindset for science literacy week!
Drawing in Augmented Reality is a full-body, 3D experience. Come out and try it out! Let’s get creative together!
There are many programs being offered at the London Public library branches for Science Literacy Week. Check them out here. We are so fortunate to have such rich programming and amazing facilities here in London through our library system. Visit your neighbourhood branch and join in!
If you are on the West coast, join poet Natasha Boskic and me for some creative play with Words and Media for Culture Days Vancouver! And to experience an interactive Augmented Reality, participatory installation — find us at one of these Word Vancouver, Bowen Island, or Victoria Library events with Still/ed Here. On Newcomer Day, Still/ed Here will be coming to London!
I was very lucky to be able to accompany Wishing Well and Silicon Valley to Houston for Reel Poetry festival where I was warm welcomed by the wonderful people I met. I experienced a wide variety of poetry and explored the roots of the poetry film genre through the events and workshops they had organized. I participated on an international panel discussion of creating poetry films. I’m glad to say that both poetry films were very well received by both the Houston audiences and the other international poetry filmmakers! I’m looking forward to connecting further with the poetry filmmakers I met through Reel Poetry and will introduce you to them in further posts when I am finished my wandering travels, spreading the word about poetry films and River Revery!
And in other news, in preparation for upcoming workshops, a new Community Resources page has been added to the Story Wall section of the website. Stay tuned for downloadable images, video, nature sounds and music clips to jumpstart or remix your own project!
Join in the Gathering Voices reading to celebrate April, National poetry month! Celebrate poetry, and our natural Canadian beauty at London Public Library!
Thursday, April 11, 2019. 7-8:30 pm. Gathering Voices. Katerina Fretwell, Penn Kemp, Susan McCaslin and Susan McMaster are reading for National Poetry Month on the theme of Nature: poets.ca/npm. We’ll be showing Mary McDonald’s 4-minute film interpreting Penn’s poem, “Wishing Well”, from RiverRevery.ca Stevenson & Hunt Room, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario N6A 6H9. Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets.
Across the ocean, on the same day, April 11, Wishing Well will also be shown at the Open Educational Resources Conference in Galway, Ireland as an example of how connecting artists and community together can create a resource which can be used for many levels of education.
Become part of the River Revery story and join the Gathering Voices on April 11 in London! This is where the magic happens — community, poetry, nature, sound and visual delights….join in!
Susan McCaslin commented: “Just listened to this very deep and engaging interview with Carmelo Militano, Penn. You two are a good team as interviewer and interviewee. I think his term “archeologist of the heart” is very fitting to describe you and your work, but I would add “sonic delver” to the mix. I appreciate your poetics of stepping into the unknown and moving into the transpersonal, inclusive, larger fields rather than getting stuck in the merely personal. At this stage of our lives and of history, we are lured, compelled, drawn by the call to expand, deepen, and serve the larger world, the earth, Gaia.”
Join in and become part of the story! And people, let’s talk about River Revery, let’s start talking about the beauty of our river, its natural environment, and our community of London, Ontario!
Three of the short film animations were screened for Tom Cull‘s, Poet Laureate Presents series, River of Words. It was exciting to present both the Augmented Reality art exhibit, the animations on the big screen at Museum London, and to be part of London’s Wordsfest, joining with illustrious Canadian writers.
River Revery is a collaboration between Penn Kemp and Mary McDonald.
River Revery is supported by the London Arts Council through the City of London’s Community Arts Investment Program.
“To the western world, the word Thames is a mystery that even a sage cannot solve. In the past, places like the routes of rivers were known to everybody. And language always held a clue, especially in oral culture. The River Thames of London, England leads us back to Sanskrit….To Penn Kemp and the people of Southern Ontario, it reminds them of their heritage in ‘stealing’ a name for their beautiful home.
Poetry also refreshes the dream. So sit by the trees of your Carolinian Forest and make a wish. I will join you in this. Wishes lead to hope. Hope leads to action. So let’s hope that the waters of River Revery can feed the forests of blue ash, Fraxinus quadrangulata, whose blue dye was once used in the popcorn wedding baskets for the First Nations of Canada. Let us all wish and hope together that we can protect this environment for Ula and Kai. Amen.”
- Diana B. Beresford-Kroeger, Author of The Global Forest