The Language of Change

“You can set a whole continent on fire with language,” says Michael Annis of Denver’s Howling Dog Press. “Poetry at its most passionate is a language tool for getting people in touch with their inner selves. And until you do that, it’s going to be hard to change the world around you.” He hopes to facilitate that process at today’s 100,000[,000 Dead] Poets for [Spare] Change event at the Oriental Theater (which contues tomorrow at the Mercury Cafe), put on in conjunction with the worldwide 100,000 Poets for Change festival, which was founded three years ago in California by poet Michael Rothenberg.

Annis, who is organizing and promoting the first such event in Denver, says the name tweak comes from his hope that the idea of “change” will be redefined on a more humane level that begins with language. To that end, the poetic convo will feature a number of local poets, as well as keynotes from former talk-show host Jay Marvin and Adam Roufberg of the World Peace Academy in Switzerland; a portrayal of Mother Jones by Sonia Skakich-Scrima; live metal music from Illicit Sects; participation by Free Speech TV; and an exhibit of 100,000 Poets for Change posters from around the world.

Attend 100,000[,000 Dead] Poets from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the Oriental, 4335 West 44th Avenue, and tomorrow from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Merc, 2199 California Street; admission is free. Go to or for details.
Sat., Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 2013

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