This page will evolve as my plans for the Cupertino International Poetry Cantos develop. Please comment with your ideas, favorite non-English poets, wishes.
In poetry terminology, a canto is a subsection in an epic or long narrative poem. Each poetry event during 2015 will be its own canto, and together they will represent a Cupertino epic poem, a narrative of the poetry presented, written, and shared in our city throughout the year. Canto means “song” in Latin, and also in Italian and Spanish, which is doubly appropriate.
Canto One: Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year (February)
- Poem for Year of the Goat
- Press about the Lunar New Year poem
- Lunar New Year poem for Year of the Horse (2014)
Canto Two: Persian New Year, Persian Poetry (March)
- Photos from the event and a happy report on its success!
- Side-by-side translations of Rumi
- Rumi & Hafez event flyer
- Persian New Year Poetry Background
- Videos introducing Persian Poetry (2014)
Canto Three: Cherry Blossom Festival, Japanese Poetry (April)
- Poems and photos from the Cherry Blossom Festival
- Japanese Poetry
- Cherry Blossom Festival poster and details
- Early Cherry Blossom Festival information
Canto Four: Code Poetry (May)
- A successful event! (May 2)
- Code Poetry Hack-a-thon and Slam in Cupertino, May 2 (flyer for 2015)
- San Jose Mercury News/Cupertino Courier article about May 2, 2015 code poetry event!
- Code Poetry Slam at Stanford (January 2014)
- Code Poetry Slam at Stanford (March 2014)
- Code Poet Connection (post from October 2014)
Canto Five: Nature Poetry (June)
- Santa Clara County Parks for Life Challenge — Poems to Read in Parks
- Poets in the Park “Hug A Tree” (May 2015, preparing)
- Poets in the Park “Birdwatching and Frolicking” (June 2015)
- Video of “California Colors” from Rancho San Antonio Park (July 2015)
- What is Nature Poetry?
Canto Six: STEAM – The Poetry of Science and Math (July)
- Adventures at the Silicon Valley STEAM Festival (July 11, 2015)
Canto Seven: Diwali, a Hindu holiday from India (October)
- Diwali poem for the Cupertino Chamber Diwali Festival
- Photos from the Diwali Festival
- Photos from the Cupertino Library Diwali Celebration, with the poem “Diwali Voices” written by visitors to the Chamber Diwali Festival
As I prepare the individual cantos, I will be creating pages with links to poems in languages other than English.