Waxing poetic: Words front and center at Waverly Library

The Waverly Library came alive with the power of poetry Sept. 24.

It was one of hundreds of sites worldwide where poets convened simultaneously in hundred of events in 450 cities and 95 countries to promote environmental, social and political change. They read poems that they wrote, or favorites by others.

The event was called "100 Thousand Poets for Change," and its purpose was to demonstrate how sharing poetry can change a community by bringing people together in a creative and positive space, organizers said.

Waverly resident Joseph Robinson was there to read his personal poem, "Politically Incorrect."

Jacob Apelberg was there to read a poem he wrote about his life experiences in Poland during World War II. And Douglas Mowbray, a publisher, was there to record it.

Library officials gave away free books during the event.

Woodberry resident and poet Blanche Cohen Sachs, who is French, read some of her personal poems, such as "Not Far From Florence", "Upheaval of Moving," and "Provence."

Children's librarian Roseanne Ulrich read a passage from "The York Road," by Lizette Woodworth Reese.

Even children came to read poems.

"The first order of change is for poets, writers, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world," organizers said on the website http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange. "This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity.

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