Improvised Poetry ‘No River Twice’ Comes to Newtown April 19
Audience determines the direction of the poetry that is read live, co-creating a reading that’s never the same twice, Friday, April 19 at Newtown
Improvised poetry comes to Bucks County Community College Friday, April 19, when the Wordsmiths Reading Series presents No River Twice at 7:30 p.m. on the Newtown Campus.
No River Twice is a multi-vocal, improvisational and interactive poetry reading in which the audience determines the direction of the performance from beginning to end, poem by poem, co-creating a reading that is never the same twice.
“[It’s] an experiment in how to bring playfulness, surprise and communal participation into the realm of poetry readings,” writes Hayden Saunier, a founder and director of No River Twice and the 1991 Bucks County Poet Laureate. “At a No River Twice performance, we track the lines that have connected words or ideas from one poem to the next.”
At the conclusion of a round of reading, the poets assemble the lines into a cento, or a poem composed of lines written by others. The term comes from the Latin word for patchwork garment. Saunier further describes it as “kind of a meta-poem of the reading. A verbal collage. A motley thing. The poem the audience made.”
Saunier will be joined by the 2018 Bucks County Poet Laureate Carly Volpe as a special guest. Other No River Twice poets expected to lend their voices and lines include Liz Chang, Grant Clauser, Lynn Levin, Lorraine Henrie Lins, Bernadette McBride, Ethel Rackin, and several more. Learn more at www.norivertwice.org.
No River Twice is free and open to the public. Bucks County Community College is located at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., where there is ample free parking.
The Wordsmiths Reading Series is part of the Bucks Live! series of innovative programs designed to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of grater Bucks County, sponsored by the Bucks County Community College Cultural Affairs Committee. To learn more, contact Dr. Ethel Rackin at 215-497-8719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Springsteen on the turntable,
your best answer silence.
Baby, this is my church: the deep
significance of sharp-edged things,
a clawed tear in our venture.
Eyes dart, mirror to mirror—
a scarlet berry.
When others ask what color,
ask if she knew, shoot a wide
red-lipsticked “woo hoo”
to anyone passing by.