Muslim poets in the Indianapolis area are invited to submit poems. This poetry project is built around the belief that we are only afraid of concepts we don’t understand. We are only afraid of people we don’t know. Using poetry, we seek to build bridges between people by eliminating the divide between our languages.
Poets are asked to use the following words by Persian poet Haﬁz as inspiration for their poems:
A poet is someone
Who can pour light into a cup,
Then raise it to nourish
Your beautiful parched, holy mouth.
Selected poems will be printed on signs with the poem in the poet’s primary language on one side and the translation into English on the other. The signs will be displayed on the Monument Circle and in the Indianapolis Artsgarden during April, National Poetry Month, in 2018.
May 5 a poetry reading will be held at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, 1100 W 42nd St. The reading will include all of the poets who submitted work for this project, with an open mic for any poet who wants to share work related to the theme, whatever their religion or if they practice no religion. The event will be open to the public.