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River of Words

November 5, 2010Patrick NunnallyUncategorizedComments Off on River of Words

How cool a program title is that?

When I first started working seriously on the intersections between rivers and the expressive forms of our lives, things like the arts, design, writing and music, I ran across this California nonprofit that was newly-established by the former Poet Laureate of the United States, Robert Hass.

Darn, I thought, that’s the best name there possibly could be for a program connecting literature, the arts, and so forth with rivers.

Over a decade later, and having learned a little more about other realms of knowledge such as science and policy, I was again heartened to see a link to the 2010 River of Words ceremony at the Library of Congress.

What do you think?  Time to gear up for a “River Expressions” event?  Contest? 

What’s the best expression of the meaning of rivers that you’ve seen or heard recently?

The floor is open for nominations, links, whatever form you care to share!


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