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What emerged were beautiful, poignant, angry, loving, connecting, gentle, fierce and eloquent poetic manifestos of the soul.

In November, in a magical place (Selgars Mill in Devon), a dozen or more soul manifestos were born. They emerged from the individuals making up the second Trailblazers group in a workshop in which the intention was to give space to words that transform and tell new stories of soul, connection and change.

What emerged were beautiful, poignant, angry, loving, connecting, gentle, fierce and eloquent poetic manifestos of the soul. These are seeds of new stories for our times drawn from shared knowledge and humanity we all carry deep inside. In gathering words, connecting them and making them into something, we can conjure the psychological resilience and motivation that feeds the flames of our activism — “keeping the fires burning through winter” — as the Trailblazers slogan puts it.

So, here, you are invited to post a poem, or a post about a poem or a piece of poetic writing or a poetry reading or video or whatever...

The invitation is to develop your own soul manifesto for the future... for yourself and for the world we are wanting to change for the better...

You can find a post about that initial workshop and what emerged at https://campfireconvention.uk/bugle/features/soul-manifestos-and-power-poetry.

The poem that acted as a 'jump-off' for the workshop is attached as a pdf below or you can find it at https://campfireconvention.uk/projects/poetry-and-soul-manifestos/i-pick-words?destination=resources

A video put together by Pete Lawrence, which combines the words of David White and myself, with his own images and Mike oldfield's music is also linked to below.

I look forward to your poetic contributions to this project!

 

 

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Geoff Greentree

Thanks Steve, the more poetry in our lives the better.. Such a pleasure to meet you and the others; your workshop really helped our group gel..I'd like to put my "soul manifesto" on here, show me how.. love Geoff

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Steve Thorp

Hi Geoff, really glad you've joined – I think the site glitches are stopping others from getting on the project this morning! Pete is on it I think and hopefully can get it sorted.

So, it's a bit complicated at first, but I seem to have the hang of it now!

1. Go to your Campfire Convention page and click on Create Content (button on the right near the top?), then click the Create Post option.
2. In 'Settings', fill in your options. Put Published (unless you want to save a draft in which leave Unpublished until you Publish!). Click Article. Choose your Theme(s). Then in Visibility, click Profile AND Projects (more if you want).
3. Enter your Title. Upload a photo/image for the top of your post (go to Unsplash for free images or use your own!). The summary isn't essential, but the Excerpt is useful as it gives you a little quote at the top of the post.
4. Then write your post/poem in the Body box.
5. Ignore a lot of the other stuff, and go down the bottom. Add Tags (eg #poetry #soul manifesto). Link to the Poetry project which will come up in the dropdown menu.
6. Then, when you're happy with it, press Publish. You can re-edit it at any time!

Good luck, let me know it goes!!!!

You can see what I did with one of mine at https://campfireconvention.uk/profile/steve-thorp/trailblazers-2-coming-...

Steve

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Geoff Greentree

Thanks Steve, phew looks complicated but Ill take it step by step.. x

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Steve Thorp

Yes, its a bit difficult. Pete says it'll be a lot better once the update is up!! I think the ability to join the Project is now glitched as well! Let me know if I can help any further...

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LAURIE PYNE

Gosh - I really love the first poem in this trilogy, when I first heard it, and now, several weeks later.....enjoy Pete's voice entwined with the guitar as well.
Beautiful.
Isn't one of the poems yours Steve? x

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Steve Thorp

Yes, the final one. The first two are David Whyte's. Glad you got on here! Pete had said that the Project was difficult to get on to – you've managed it though!!! Mine is from a chapter in my Soul Manifestos book, called Belonging, that Pete very cleverly turned into a poem!!! Mine comes in around 4 minutes 40... David Whyte's first poem is lovely - here it is https://www.facebook.com/PoetDavidWhyte/posts/1346530378706295:0

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LAURIE PYNE

"To take the one hand that belongs in yours..." so poignant.

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