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International Workers’ Day Virtual Poetry Reading

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Virtual Poetry Reading: International Workers’ Day Anthology


Meeting ID: 828 5509 3815 – Passcode: 838862

May 1st is International Workers’ Day, a time of celebration and opposition throughout the world, except in the United States where it began. May Day commemorates the May 1st, 1886 nationwide protest for the eight-hour day and the following “Haymarket Affair,” a pivotal event in the history of workers’ and anarchist movements in which four labor organizers were hanged by the State in Chicago. May Day is also the ancient celebration of Spring and rebirth – the traditional time for planting new seeds in old ground.

Poets have long reflected on work. What is it to you? Is it a burden, a salve, a joy?

Donald Hall wrote a wonderful memoir called Life Work, not what you do for money but what you do with your life. The Poetry Foundation has a terrific article, Work Poems – Poetry about looking for jobs and working for a living. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/69799/work-poems.

Read What Work Is by Philip Levine; Brass Spittoons by Langston Hughes; Shirt by Robert Pinsky.

We asked poets to send us a poem on work for a Moonstone anthology. See our website for a full list of contributors.

Join us as we celebrate International Workers Day with poetry and bring a poem.


May 1
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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