Poets gather at Upper Senate Park on Thursday to share their vision for America through a Cento poem reading, part of the 2010 “Split this Rock” Poetry Festival from March 10-13. The project calls for poets to bring their vision for America to the Capitol by telling lawmakers, in poetry form, how to spend the next $1 trillion, because “the United States has now spent $1 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, our public schools and universities are facing massive cuts, millions of Americans are without health care.” (UMD Photo/Tami)

“Split this Rock” Poetry Festival’s board member, Micheline Klagsbrun shares her one line vision for America on March 11. About four dozen people participated in the Cento poem reading at Upper Senate Park. (UMD Photo/Tami Le)

Ashley Faye Dillard, from Centreville, Va, participates in “Poetry on the Streets” at Upper Senate Park on March 11 by sharing her vision, “We must learn from the past in order to instill hope for the future.” Poets lined up to share one line (up to 12 words) for the collaborative Cento poem, which begin with lines from Adrienne Rich’s poem “An Atlas of the Difficult World”: I know you are reading this poem listening for something, torn between bitterness and hope turning back once again to the task you cannot refuse …” (UMD Photo/Tami Le)

Dan Wilcox, a Vietnam War veteran from Albany, N.Y., blows bubbles as he listens to other poets share their vision for the country at Upper Senate Park on March 11. Wilcox’s own line for the Cento poem was “If peace broke out tomorrow, would you be ready? Would you enlist?” (UMD Photo/Tami Le)

Latecomer Martina Robinson (center) shares her message on March 11. Robinson’s 12 words for the Cento is “Six billion beings. One trillion for war. That’s $1,666 per person US.” Robinson is a disabled rights activist from Belchertown, Mass., who came to the District for the 2010 “Split this Rock” Poetry Festival. (UMD Photo/Tami Le)

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