Sep 16, 2015

Call for community to help draft a poem on the theme of "Dream"

UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to Sept. 30

Invitation: Submit a line or two of verse on the topic of Dream to

Dream Indy Poem
Dreams exist in a variety of forms. There are the dreams we have when thinking of the future. We dream of traveling to Ireland or Africa, we dream of starting a band, or we dream of a just society.

Then there are the dreams we have while sleeping. Sometimes we dream of silly things that don’t make sense, and sometimes a dream might fill us with positive energy. Other times our nightmares fill us with fear or embarrassment.

Lastly, there are the sort of dreams we have when daydreaming—perhaps we fantasize, we take a break from the everyday and create a world and characters, we write a play or a poem. Many writers, both past and present, have written about dreams:

In his “March on Washington” speech, Martin Luther King writes,
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not
be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

In her poem “it was a dream,” Lucille Clifton writes,

in which my greater self
rose up before me accusing me
of my life
with her extra finger
whirling in a gyre of rage
at what my days had come to.
i pleaded with her, could i do,
oh what could i have done?
and she twisted her wild hair
and sparked her wild
eyes and screamed as long as
i could hear her
This. This. This.

In Act IV, Scene 1 of The Tempest, Shakespeare writes,

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

Whatever kind of dream you are interested in, we invite you to dream with the above writers in verse, adding your visions and ideas on Dream in a line or two of verse. Submitted lines will be crafted into one or more community poems for display at the downtown Indianapolis Artsgarden as part of Spirit and Place 2015.

Invitation: Submit a line or two of verse on the topic of Dream to

Last day to enter submissions is Sept. 15. The completed poem will be unveiled at the Indianapolis Artsgarden on Friday, Nov. 13.

Read you soon.

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