If you’ve been to one of our C21 programs, you know we are not just about inspirational singing. Our programs weave in poetry and messages of social justice, consistent with our mission of empowering those who need us most through beautiful, uplifting music, but also through words that elevate the human spirit. Moving forward past 2020, we’re excited to announce that our singers will present their personal interpretation of an inspirational poem, one each week beginning Monday, February 1!
Some poems will be familiar to our supporters, but most will be new. They include verses by Mary Oliver and Clarissa Pinkola Estes, whose works graced past C21 programs, as well as Elizabeth Alexander, Nikki Giovanni, Victoria Safford, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Nobel Prize laureate Wislawa Szymborska, among others. Please join us as we present relevant voices from the present and past as we strive to convey the power of expression, from the personal to the universal, especially in these times of continued social distance.
C21 POETRY PROJECT:
"Phenomenal Woman" - Maya Angelou
For our second poetry project installment,
C21 member Judy Earley performs a piece by poet Maya Angelou.
"Eagle Poem" - Joy Harjo
In the first video for our poetry project,
C21 member Lynnette Li performs a piece by United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.
"On Beauty" - Kahlil Gibran
For our next C21 Poetry Project installment, member Muriel Reymond performs a piece by the poet and artist Kahlil Gibran.
"The Small Work In The Great Work" - Reverend Victoria Safford
C21 member Lauren Schachter performs Reverend Victoria Safford's essay "The Small Work In The Great Work" from the collection The Impossible Will Take a Little While: Perseverance and Hope in Troubled Times.
"Possibilities" - Wislawa Szymborska
C21 member Erin Fox performs a poem by Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska.