Day 3 of 30

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The Poetry Circus Fundraiser UPDATE

It is day-three of The Poetry Circus Fundraiser and we have already raised $1,000! “Thanks” does not begin to approach the gratitude I feel for those who have contributed to this project—there are not words for such joy and overwhelming appreciation.

The word I have found to describe The Poetry Circus is synergy; yes, The Poetry Circus is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. “Working together” we are able to create memorable moments—together art transcends product and becomes a way of life–a place to feel alive!

The Poetry Circus is based on the idea that location is more than a place; it is a character. The motion of a merry-go-round, the controlled chaos of the circus tent, and the pulse of a poem work together to create an invisible hold on the moment. As we are allowed to interact with our environment we are able to discover one another. The point of a ride, a show, a poem is not an end product, but a means to become fully alive in the moment with each other. There is synergy in people, place, and art!

Our fundraiser is running with synergy—motion is surrounding and accumulating around this project. It looks like, if feasible, San Francisco will be added to the list of Poetry Circus locations! The Poetry Circus is growing!

To meet our goal, we will need to raise $250 a day. We can defuse the heft of this amount by inviting friends, loved ones, and art lovers to join in. What once was work can become a circus–what once was distance can become space for dancing–when enough people join in any challenge can become a celebration. Contribute and invite others to contribute to . This is the power of synergy.

Please know there are many ways to give. Beyond money, if you would like to donate a talent or give suggestions, The Poetry Circus is interested to hear from you. Please send your ideas to .

Happy Circus to all,

Nicelle Davis

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I will mail a love letter and three thank you gifts to anyone who can contribute $100 or more to The Poetry Circus Tour.


There is a GOFUNDME up and running for THE POETRY CIRCUS TOUR!

Please contribute, share, and join THE CIRCUS.

The Poetry Circus was inspired by the release of the collection, In the Circus of Youpublished by Rose Metal Press . The Poetry Circus is part workshop, community outreach, performance, ride, dance, and creations. This community focused and driven event blurs the line between performer and audience to allow everyone the chance to run away and join the circus.

By presenting poetry in an alternative venue, the egalitarian characteristics of poetry are amplified. Poetry IS for everyone, regardless of where we come from or how we got there; we all process and understand the world through metaphor.

The Living Poetry Project and AWP

WOW. Really? AWP is less than 5 days away? WHAT?



Every year The Living Poetry Project likes to bring poets who cannot travel to AWP in its suitcase. This year I have 50 bags of cotton candy that need your poems printed on them. I will be giving these away at The Los Angeles Review booth at the AWP book floor.

I’m happy to bring poems of poets who WILL be at AWP. Please consider sending poems and do look for me at the conference! A list of AWP events I’ll be at can be found here:

Please send poems right away so I can pack them in time for the flight to Minneapolis.  Send poems to: nicellecdavis @ gmail . com

The Living Poetry Project piñata was a great success. It wasn’t exactly “broken open” but kids where encouraged to “break into” the piñata where they found poems with candy folded into the paper creases. Thank you to all who gave work for The Poetry Circus. Here is the film of The Poetry Circus event:

The piñata was such a hit with the kids that I brought it to the Los Angeles, Red Hen, Grand Park event (see dino piñata). Again children were delighted to find your candy filled poems.



Best to you all and all that you do,


Gwhoooo Poetry Party at the Last Bookstore: April 17 8PM


The Circus is undoubtedly a gooey entity

and yet

“gooh” is a difficult thing to define.

Gwho is what

The Gwho Circus Poetry Party will be held at The Last Bookstore.

453 South Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90013

The Last Bookstore is AWESOME– I mean, it is jump around, I can’t believe this place is real, AWESOME! It is a circus-tent for books and a perfect location to explore all the beautiful imperfections of being human.

All are invited.; there will be wine and refreshments (of the gooey kind) graciously provided by the Los Angeles Review.

This should be a good gooey time for all who love poetry, or just gooh, or gooh and poetry, or gooey poetry.

How ever you like it, there will be gooh, and there will be poetry, and all of this is free for you!

Gooh is a word that must be defined by who you are–therefore in this version of The Poetry Circus, I give you FIVE acts of goodie goodie GWHO:

Katie Manning: Mom Gwho


Genevieve Kaplan: Bio Gwho

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Jackie Bang: Sexy Gwho


Kim Dower: Human Gwho

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Nicelle Davis: Circus Gwho