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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Poetry in Motion 2013

Mike Sparling (Mr. Scribbles) on Main Street in Perry, NY hanging poems for Poetry in Motion.

This year's Poetry in Motion event was held on the weekend of April 26th-April 28th to celebrate National Poetry Month. We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather. As you can see by the store windows there are several poems fluttering in the wind.
Poems are put up on Friday night for everyone to enjoy all weekend long. There was quite a variety this year. The majority were original works by local poets mailed in to Michael Sparling ahead of the event date. A few classics by well know poets were mingled in. Some were thought provoking prose, others full of humor.
You don't need to be a local to be included. We have received poems from several parts of the globe. If you would like to be included in next years event, there's no time like the present to mail Mike a copy of your prose. There is no juried selection process. All poems suitable for public viewing will be hung on the day of the event.
Poems should be on 8 1/2" by 11" in size ( or if in UK etc., an equivalent size) preferably on color paper. Submit your poetry (typed or handwritten, good or bad) for hanging in the 2014 Poetry in Motion event by sending them to:
Michael Sparling
P.O. Box 144
Perry, NY 14530
We hoped you enjoyed reading them, and do lets us know in the comment section below if there were any in particular that struck your fancy.
On the same weekend, members of the Wyoming Writes writer's group and other local folks participated in an excellent workshop by Michael Czarnecki on Palm of the Hand Memoir Writing at the Wyoming County Arts Council, also on Main Street in Perry. What a wonderful experience if you ever have a chance to attend. The thought of writing a memoir for your own pleasure or to pass on to your kids seems daunting, but Michael's method made it easy and effortless to come up with ideas from memories and write them down. Below are a couple photographs of the day. In the first photo, Michael Czarnecki is seated at the center, head of the table (Michael Sparling is to his right.)---C. Amrhein

Monday, March 25, 2013

Poetry In Motion

An annual celebration of creative writing ... "Poetry in Motion"

by T. F. Rice, Perry, NY

Central Park in New York City has its hanging sheets of fabric, art flapping in the breeze; and Perry has its sheets of paper, alive on the brisk April wind. That is, sheets of paper with poetry on them.

Yes, poetry. April is National Poetry Month. Courtesy of local artist Michael Sparling (a.k.a. Mr. Scribbles!), our little town has its own celebration of National Poetry Month, aptly named “Poetry in Motion”.
Pages of poetry dance in the breeze, hanging from the windows of participating downtown Perry businesses. You may simply attend; there is no requirement that a person write or post anything, although posting of pages is welcomed. “Poetry in Motion” is a celebration of creativity and good words, and is not linked to any specific organization; it is, literally, an event ‘for everyone and by everyone.’ Even the most adamant skeptics of what you might call ‘traditional poetry’ will find something here that they find funny, if not meaningful.
Submissions Information: 2013 Poetry In Motion
-- Submit your poetry (typed or handwritten, good or bad) for hanging in the 2013 POETRY IN MOTION outdoor "free poetry" public art exhibit in honor of National Poetry Month (April) --

Mail your pages of poetry to:
Michael Sparling
P.O. Box 144
Perry, NY 14530

SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED YEAR ROUND. Not juried. No deadline. Accepting submissions from anywhere in the world, but you must MAIL them to the U.S. address above. 
(We are sorry we cannot accept e-mailed submissions.)
Pages received in mail by 4/25/13 will be included in the 2013 event. Pages received afterward will be collected for inclusion in 2014 event. Please note the pages will not be returned.

Poetry In Motion 2013 is April 26th-April 28th, rain or shine!



Michael Sparling has been a working artist his entire adult life. As "Mr. Scribbles," he has entertained children at numerous festivals throughout New York State for nearly 20 years by turning their scribbles into cartoons.

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Michael Sparling
P.O. Box 144
Perry, NY 14530