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#54583 - 03/16/03 04:47 PM Sexual Abuse Survivors Poetry Reading
Mark Crawford Offline

Registered: 09/30/02
Posts: 73
Loc: New Jersey
I recieved the following information from a flier and thought I should share it here. Anyone interested in attending or possibly sharing their poetry?


The Bergen County Rape Crisis Center (New Jersey)

Is sponsoring a Survivors' Poetry Reading

Wednesday, April 16, 2003
7:00 - 9:00 PM
at Fairleigh Dickenson University
Student Union Building/Rutherford Room
1000 River Road, Teaneck, New Jersey

Please join us to acknowledge the pain of survivors and celebrate their healing process

If you are in contact with Survivors who would like to share thier poetry at this event please call 201-487-2227

Advocates from the Rape crisis center will be on hand through out the evening to provide support and information

The deadline for Poetry submission is April 8, 2003

Thought it would be GREAT if we could have several submissions from male survivors. I plan on contacting them to see if they might share some poetry from survivors who may not be able to attend. If anyone is interested in submitting something you can contact them directly or forward it to me and I will see if they will share your poetry. Of course, if you can attend by all means do so..I hope to make it there.


#54584 - 03/19/03 08:10 AM Re: Sexual Abuse Survivors Poetry Reading
Richard Gartner, PhD Offline
Past President

Registered: 09/20/00
Posts: 404
Loc: New York, NY, USA
I thought I'd post to move this to the top of the list, since it is time-sensitive. The group sponsoring it is a member of MS and has run groups for sexually abused men.


#54585 - 03/19/03 12:52 PM Re: Sexual Abuse Survivors Poetry Reading
Lloydy Offline
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Registered: 04/17/02
Posts: 7071
Loc: England Shropshire
This isn't a poem by me, I'm not at all poetic and most poetry passes right over my head.
But every time I read this one by Michael I start crying. It's just so powerful.

Surely it's a contender.

Here is a newer poem which also has been put into print, and which I Plan on put into in a book of my own poetry, I wrote it early one morning within the last year when I woke up around 5 am. I wake up at either 3 or 5 a lot, I do not know why. Anyhow here it is.


Wounded Child
Crying in Corner
Lost between Years

Crying out Silently
No One Comes
No ONE Hears

A Prison of Silence
Surrounds Me,
Into an Early Grave.

How do i start
to Breath Again?
Am I Someone's Slave?

A Wounded Child
grows, As Does
A Wounded Man

The Wound Becomes My Sword.
Like Tempered Steel,
I am strong again, Oh my Lord.

A Wounded Man Sat Crying
Lost Within his Years.

Silence at last was Broken
Stattered Woundes Turned
Into a River of Tears.

A Sword of Anger Broke Me Out,
As I Yelled Screamed and Roared.

The Prison wasn't
Mine at Last
It Was Yours.

By M. Joseph

I feel the growth I have made in this poem. Each day is still hard. I am grateful for anything that come out of me that helps. When I write it usually take 4 to 5 mins. and the poems are pretty much unchanged. My unconsious is comming out. Usually i do not know my dreams, I feel I am protecting myself. The poems have been a gift to myself, I hope that they help some of you.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Henry David Thoreau

#54586 - 04/16/03 04:06 PM Re: Sexual Abuse Survivors Poetry Reading
Cement Offline

Registered: 06/05/02
Posts: 740
Loc: Southern California
I am moving this to the top since this reading is tonight.

And let the darkness fear our light.

#54587 - 04/16/03 11:12 PM Re: Sexual Abuse Survivors Poetry Reading
Cement Offline

Registered: 06/05/02
Posts: 740
Loc: Southern California
Did Anyone attend this?

And let the darkness fear our light.


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