Blog

WHAT’S THAT SOUND? BRAVE NEW VOICES!

BNV1

When Brave New Voices — one of the most stellar youth poetry events in the country — came to Philadelphia in July, APIARY’s Fyodor Badkhen was sure to attend. Looking to find out who you really are? Writing poetry can certainly help. Of course, we don’t have to tell you that! 

Imagine this: Hundreds of people from across the country coming together to learn how to expose their innermost spirit so that they can perform, perfect, and excel in one of the most courageous art forms: poetry.

This is the Brave New Voices conference, a country-wide event anticipated by many aspiring poets. On a Thursday last month, more than 400 young people swarmed the frigid halls of the Temple Student Center for a set of workshops designed to instruct the participants in the acutely vulnerable art of baring their souls to the outside world, releasing all of their rage, joy, and sorrow for all to see.

Why?

“People need to find their voice, one way or another,” said avery r. young, one of the workshop instructors. “Poetry is a way of getting that voice.”

(more…)

PHILADELPHIA POETRY: BY LEONARD GONTAREK (AUGUST)

Paris by Eugene Atget, courtesy Digital Field Guide.

Paris by Eugene Atget, courtesy Digital Field Guide.

In PHILADELPHIA POETRY, Leonard Gontarek selects and introduces some of our city’s most praiseworthy poets. For August, Gontarek discusses the work of Eleanor Wilner. 

 

Night Fishing in the Sound
The sound is dark; you can barely hear
the gauze-wrapped warning song
of bells, and cannot see
the buoys swinging on top
the oily waves, the water a black
so absolute it drinks light
back, unquenchable thirst
like that the shades in Hades had
for the hot blood of sacrifice –
how the dead swell, like ticks,
till they rise, bloated envoys
out of the envious dark.

The waves of the sound sway
endlessly, a restless channel caught
between two seas – one fresh, the other salt –
as if suspended between hope and
certain sorrow. And you, in a small craft,
having left behind the little inland
sea, are tossed in all this roiling dark;
the trick is to play the wind
for time, sinking the line
deep into the heaving black, trying
not to stare at the dizzying lantern swinging
over the deck, a drunken sun on a pendulum;
trying to keep your equilibrium
with no horizon to steady the eye, riding
the dark sound blind, hoping for fish,
wanting to reel in, to reach the end
of the passage, but afraid
of the waiting ocean, the enormous dawn
when light, rising from below, seems to come
from everywhere at once, tsunami of
overwhelming sun.
(more…)

Welcome to the Giving Circle

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAFriends and Lovers and faithful Honeybees,

Thank you for clicking this link and supporting our work through our Giving Circle. With your help, APIARY’s website and print magazine will connect Philadelphians of many walks of life, and amplify Philadelphia voices and stories, for years to come. We are fiscally sponsored, so your donation is tax-deductible, too!

To submit your donation online, click “donate” below, which will take you to our PayPal page.

Donate

To donate by check, write a check to APIARY Magazine of CultureTrust. You can send checks to:

APIARY Magazine of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia
1315 Walnut St. Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Thank you for building with us.

Love,

APIARY


APIARY News

WHAT'S THAT SOUND? BRAVE NEW VOICES!
WHAT’S THAT SOUND? BRAVE NEW VOICES!

When Brave New Voices — one of the most stellar youth poetry events in the country — came to …

More in APIARY News

Featured Artist

CARLOS SOTO-ROMAN ON SENSATION, CHILE, & DIRTY FRANK’S

Back when Clark Park was covered in snow, Aidan Un, a West Philly videographer and photographer, fi…

More in Featured Artist

Event Picks and Previews

WHAT'S THAT SOUND? BRAVE NEW VOICES!
WHAT’S THAT SOUND? BRAVE NEW VOICES!

When Brave New Voices — one of the most stellar youth poetry events in the country — came to …

More in Event Picks and Previews

Guest Blog

PHILADELPHIA POETRY: BY LEONARD GONTAREK (AUGUST)

In PHILADELPHIA POETRY, Leonard Gontarek selects and introduces some of our city’s most praisewor…

More in Guest Blog