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Venerate the vernal equinox with the Almost Uptown Poetry Cartel on Thursday, March 20 from 7-9PM at Poetry Thursdays at the Crimson Frog Coffeehouse 1104 Carlisle Rd., Camp Hill PA, 17011.

Bring Spring-inspired or Earth Day poems for a fun filled open mic reading as we shake off the doldrums of winter. On March 20, 2008, at precisely 5:58 P.M. EDT, the sun will cross directly over the earth's equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and signifies the beginning of spring, fertility and fresh metaphors.

Poetry Thursdays co-host Julia Tilley invites everyone to, “Get involved by making a Native American Prayer Stick to sanctify the planting season. Plough away those old cliches` says Tilley, `and write a New Earth Day chant.”

At 8:06pm, selected shaman/poets will lead the ritual washing of windshields in adjacent parking areas to celebrate the pure and cleansing nature of Springtime.
Poetry recitation will be interspersed with selected readings from The Golden Bough by Sir James G. Frazer. These readings will be driven by
group percussion (see ceremonial rattles below). Percussion provided.

The evening will resound with verse tributes to rebirth and renewal, and a ritual [re]calling of the sun will be conducted using traditional rattles filled with dried corn and sunflower seeds.

Poetry Thursdays Spring theoritician Charley Spitzig explains that “according to Indian Legend the shaking of the ceremonial rattles symbolizes the driving away of winter (death) and the awakening of the seed (new life).”

"What is called eloquence in the forum is commonly found to be rhetoric in the study." Thoreau, Walden

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