Upcoming Events and a Rant to warm your heart on chilly days…

When Politicians are Poeticians…

Saturday, 29 November 2014,1:00-3:30 PM. “Poets and Politics”, ON N5W 2X6. “London’s Yukyuks next Sat. afternoon should be fun/ny. I’ll be judging a slam competition with former mayor Jane Bigelow… of poems
written and performed by newly elected city councillors! They take office the next day, Politicans/ poeticians: we both love language:)”

Saturday, December 6, 2014, noon-1pm,  I’ll be reading a new poem in the Ritual of Remembering, Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. Brescia University College Auditorium, The Circle, London. Free Parking in all Brescia lots.

Oh yes, the Rant for our much anticipated new Council in London ON!  Here goes:

When Politicians are Poeticians…

Writer Ursula K Le Guin was honored for her life’s work this month at the American 2014 National Book Awards. In her resounding, prophetic speech, she announced: “Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting
the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom – poets, visionaries – realists of a larger reality….
Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words.”

Politicians, you are poeticians. You share a love of language with poets. I ask you to consider your words carefully, starting with ‘considere’: to be with the stars, to take the widest view. Consider the meaning of the word ‘integrity’: the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished; soundness. You are like poets in that you believe in words. I wish you fewer! But I wish your words to work true all the way through.

Our new Council is a visionary council, with all the power of new beginnings and a future four years anticipated. As visionaries, you see this world at the same time as you see another. What kind of city can The Forest City be? The movement of potential transformation is from envisioning (as the consultations with Londoners have shown) through expression in words that can then be translated into action, with the people of London behind you. Our new Council, I believe, is keen to negotiate, to include and to persuade. May your ideals translate into direct and effective action. May our plans for this beautiful city be realized.

Penn Kemp

Here’s to the inner Light… and Warmth!  I recommend snogging with your beloved!


Beloved Gavin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


One thought on “Upcoming Events and a Rant to warm your heart on chilly days…

  1. Penn Kemp says:

    THanks to Holly Painter for great m.c.ing!


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