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The Poetry of Everyday LifeStorytelling and the Art of Awareness$
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Steve Zeitlin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702358

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702358.001.0001

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The Best Stories versus My Story

The Best Stories versus My Story

Shepherding the Word into the World

(p.212) 20 The Best Stories versus My Story
The Poetry of Everyday Life

Steve Zeitlin

Cornell University Press

In this chapter, the author explains how you can afford to spend your time writing even if it brings no material rewards and can't help you make a living, arguing that it comes down to the compartmentalization of body and soul. The author describes a project at City Lore called City of Memory, a dynamic, participatory online story map of New York City. Visitors to the site would be interested in only two things: What are the best stories? and What is my story? Ultimately, the question becomes Is my story one of the best stories? There is only one way to find out: tell it and put it out there in the world. And one way of getting your story out into the world is to share work with family and friends. The author also reflects on the first People's Poetry Gathering he helped to create in 1999. Co-sponsored by City Lore and Poets House, the New York City event brought together literary and folk poets alike.

Keywords:   writing, City Lore, City of Memory, online story map, New York City, People's Poetry Gathering, Poets House, poets, poetry

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