Today, you should… get all poetic at Page Against the Machine


Poet, artist and educator Karen Holden is bringing an interactive poetry experience, “ParticiPoetry,” to Page Against the Machine today. The concept is simple: un-pin an unfinished line of poetry from the frame, finish the line with your own poetry, then re-pin it. The finished product is a communal wall of poetry that we can’t wait to read.

For those who don’t know Holden, her most recent work “This Music” is a book of poems created in response to music. She’s also participated as a poet-in-residence at the Long Beach Museum of Art and, apparently, is quite the doodler. Check out some of her work here.

Another great thing: The first Fourth Fridays of the New Year is upon us, with businesses along retro row offering food and drink specials, artists lining the sidewalks with their wonderful work, free trolly rides and live music and more from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more info, click here.

Giving us a moment’s pause: You don’t have to consider yourself a poet to participate in ParticiPoetry. Poetry is for everyone. Whether people resonate with what you write or not, does it matter?

ParticiPoetry launches at Page Against the Machine, 2714 E. 4th St, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you can’t make the launch, swing by PATM Tuesdays through Sundays during regular hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.