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!