Unlikely 2.0

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Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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A Million Different Voices: An Interview with Sara Moss
by Gabriel Ricard

Something rather wonderful happens when you're first exposed to the brilliant poetry projects Slam the Body Politik and MEMORY: A Video Poetry Project. After reading about them or experiencing some of the powerful samples available for Slam it's likely to occur to you that these are fairly basic concepts. At least, they seem simple enough. Both projects, created by Sara Moss and Scart of the Australia-based poetry group Synaptic Graffiti each have the same essential philosophy in mind. Slam, released in 2004 as a multimedia CD-ROM project and MEMORY, slated to come out in May 2010, believe in the staggering potential of poetry to be more than just words in a book or on a computer screen. They have gone about this belief in different ways. Slam presented poetry under every guise from music to video to artwork or even just the words themselves. MEMORY seeks to collect the works of writers and activists from around the world and present their submissions as a single collective interest expressed through video. Yet neither one could exist without an impressive level of faith in poetry and a poet's desire to see their work extend its reach. They both appeal to an idea that's again quite simple.

That's the thing about simple. We know that some of the greatest ideas are the simple ones. We often fail to remember that they often take forever to come about because the rest of us are either too busy shooting for something more complex or are simply content with the status quo. Sara Moss and Scart are not content with the status quo. They have spent the better part of the last six years expressing their creative and social interest through a series of wonderfully original, stunning projects. These incorporate not only their own talents but those of writers, visual artists and performers from around the world. They have struck the difficult middle ground between the soul of art and the prospects of technology better than almost anyone could hope to achieve. This was first accomplished with their release of Slam the Body Politik in 2004. It's being accomplished again with the impending release of MEMORY.

If Slam is any indication then we can expect nothing less than a masterpiece of ambition with MEMORY. The fact that MEMORY is such a straightforward approach doesn't make any less it any less of a massive undertaking. The project seeks to include input and originality from dozens of sources, all together under a common interest to push social and political change forward through words and actions. It's not complicated, but it is daunting. Most of us couldn't begin to put something like this together. Moss and Scart have done before and will almost certainly do it again in May 2010. The wait for that finished product will be excruciating for those of who are desperate to find some truly unique poetry, but there's no doubt that the wait will be worth every second.

In the meantime we can keep an eye on Moss, Scart and the work they do with SG. We can pay attention to what they have to say, and we can help get their ideas into as many parts of the world as possible. That's one of the secrets behind why MEMORY is such an incredible opportunity. It can't exist without a strong presence. That presence demands word of mouth. Even those of us who are not planning to contribute a video can get involved. There's really no excuse for not doing so.

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