WHY POETRY?

We are dedicated to putting poetry back into the everyday affairs of the people,
because poetry renews what makes us human—our imagination.

Instead of dulling our minds swiping through images on our phones,
MUSED. encourages us to sift through the emotions in our minds that inspire us.

Poetry, more than any other artistic medium, gets inside the mind.
Painting is soothing. Music is immersive. And writing is a mirror—and it asks a lot of us.

So, sometimes we need teachers of “self.”
Some events are too outside our perception of normal to understand, and yet,
when we read someone else say what’s in our heads, we feel comforted.

Having the language to explain our deepest grief and most ecstatic joy
gives us agency over our lives.

Jack Kerouac teaches us how to meditate. Pablo Neruda teaches
us how to love beautifully. Charles Bukowski teaches us not to be afraid
of our own ugliness. Sylvia Plath teaches us not to be afraid of loneliness.

 

 

In addition to teachers of “self,” we also need teachers of language.
We’d be wise to remember what George Orwell wrote after the Second World War,

"One ought to recognize that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language."

While poetry may not be the entire solution to keeping the nation's language
clear and honest, one is hard pressed to imagine a country's citizens
improving the health of its language while ignoring poetry.

 


BOARD MEMBERS

 

John Regur, OK
Dr. Faryl Kender, OK
Dr. Grant Matthew Jenkins, OK
J.C. Hallman, NY
Monique Zamir, MFA, TX
Dr. Carey Regur, CA
David Atkinson, OK
Kamaria Monmouth, OK
Linda Johnson, OK
 

 


 

AMBASSADORS

 

Melanie Dewie
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

Alenka Dearmin
YOGA & WELLNESS

Autumn Slaughter
MENTAL HEALTH

Nicci Atchley
PHENOMENALLY

Elliott Packel
FUND DEVELOPMENT

Zack Reeves
REVERSE SELFIE PROJECT

Kamaria Monmouth
MEMBERSHIP


 

COLLECTIVE IMPACT PARTNERS

 

TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

ANTI BULLYING COLLABORATION
(AT YOUTH SERVICES)

LIFE SENIOR SERVICES

HEAD START

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
(CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM)

 


 

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Hi, friends,

The IRS calls us a "non-profit", but you can call us a "for-impact" organization. 

Regardless of your interest in poetry, perhaps you will agree with us on this: we don’t believe it is natural for a young person to buy automatic weapons and open fire in movie theaters, or in shopping malls, or into police cars. We don’t think anyone is pre-destined to join ISIS and sacrifice themselves for terrorism. These problems come from being lured by easy evils instead of being driven by inner, thought-provoking leadership. Writing poetry is a way to expose and then eliminate the the negativity that leads our subconscious. 

For helping to revitalize (and popularize) this ancient art form: Thank You. We couldn't do this without your support, your perspective, and (of course) your words. 


Very best,
Victoria McArtor
co-founder