For all who do not know about this wonderful event: This weekend is the tenth anniversary of the Block Island Poetry Project. I was here ten years ago, and Lisa Starr who invited guest poets and all of us who wanted to hear what was going on, has, unbeknown to herself, influenced the life I have led since. It turned out of course that she influenced lots of others too. This has been recorded to some extent in a wonderful Anthology (which is worth getting, as it includes poems and also teaching and prompts and some wonderful artwork, but it is not generally available yet as the launch is tomorrow!)
There have been many spin-offs from the project, like the BI singers and BI drummers, and the writers, and, and, so many friends and good conversations that I would weep if I was not feeling happy, as many of us have indeed wept and smiled or laughed and sung together over these ten years. Tonight I will join the singers and may get a chance to listen to the drummers.
However, more to follow I think, just now I am resting from sensory overload. And I took these photos this morning while Mark Bailey took a group of us to Mansion Beach and showed us how he does his ephemeral artwork, balancing rocks. Click for bigger pictures.