Doylestown: Poetry Night

Hello Poets, Join us for Poetry Night on January 16th and enjoy the poetry of James E. Diamond followed by Open Mic. Poets, lift your voices!

Third Thursdays, 630pm
Doylestown Bookshop
Featured Poet 
followed by Open Mic.


You are cordially invited to attend the Poetry Reading Night featuring poet James E. Diamond, Ph.D. at Doylestown Bookshop, 16 South Main Street, Doylestown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, 16 January 2020 at 6:30 p.m.  


According to Dr. Diamond, poems have different meanings to different people.  Some perceive poems as an expression of love, sorrow, happiness or devotion.  Others believe that poems are phrases of contentment or pleasure or enthusiasm or piety. Whatever the reason, the author of a poem is expressing inner feelings and emotions in a persuasive modus operandi that is without equal.  Dr. Diamond's personal definition of a prose poem is as follows:

“A time honored means to reveal feelings unashamed that put into perspective life’s impressions forever remembered.”

He goes on to say, "There is a plethora of emotions involved in the life form that we are all currently experiencing and as people pass through life in their own way, they ought to have a means of expressing those inner emotional feelings without shame or embarrassment.  Hence when I’m moved to express inner emotional feelings, I write a poem."


Dr. Diamond will be offering a sneak preview by reading prose poetry from his new book titled "I Inhale Adventures and Exhale Prose Poetry: Life Experiences Unwrapped" scheduled to be published in March 2020.  A unique trait of Dr. Diamond's poems is he consciously and intentionally snuggles within the text of each poem a lesson and challenges the reader to identify the lesson(s) and ponder its intention.  Following is a sample of his poem titled "You Be The Judge."


PRELUDE: Is it condescending that some nations are referred to as developingthird worldunderdeveloped, or less fortunate? Can a nation and its society be unquestionably judged and ranked into one of these categories based merely upon its economic status, social standards, political system, religious orientation, or a combination of these variables? During my career, I have worked and traveled in 58 different nations under the auspices of the United States Agency for International Development, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the Peace Corps, the Discovery Services Project, and the South Eastern Consortium of International Development. The terms—developing, third world, underdeveloped, and less fortunate—which were often used to describe other countries have undergone a curious and changing history. I have always questioned why professors, government officials, authors, donor agencies, sociologists, economists, intellectuals and consultants, international workers, and others use these so-called derogatory adjectives, casting judgment and negativism on nations and societies that could impact future relations. I was inspired to write this prose titled “You Be the Judge,” in an effort to open a discussion on the use of these terms to define other societies. I challenge the reader to be the judge: Are these unflattering terms appropriate or not?



When opinions within a country are molded by economic levels or political systems, negative connotations often result. Superiority is implied by first-world countries who perceive themselves as being more dominant when referring to an allegedly “third-world” country. 

The words “developing world and third world” seem to be the standard, appearing in newspapers, on television, and in lecture halls. President Truman’s Point IV Program was set forth in 1949, after which the term “Third World” became preeminent. During the 1950s, the United Nations changed the term to “underdeveloped.” Then, in the 1960s, many colonies gained independence and earned seats in the United Nations General Assembly. A new more hopeful sounding term was introduced in an effort to respect the feelings of these new UN representatives. As a result, the term “underdeveloped” countries, was improved upon and became “rapidly developing countries,” which was subsequently adopted by the United Nations.

These terms all imply an air of negativism and superiority. Negativism is an attitude influenced by skepticism about a country and its people as affirmed by the opinions of others. I believe there are varying points of view that need to be taken into account to impede such stereotypical conclusions. So, I ask, “What is a so-called developed nation?”

When does a country qualify to be considered a “developed” or “first-world” nation? In my opinion, underdevelopment is a process endorsed by monetary institutions. How do world traders or educators or politicians benefit from naming countries with an adjective that portrays their economic, political, social, or religious orientations?

Many nations have cultural traits and civilizations that date back in time, which possess good as well as bad characteristics. Can nations retain the basic elements of their culture and still be acknowledged as equal within the world community of nations? Can nations sustain their individuality and character and still enter into the age of science and technology?

One cannot assume that personal opinions, formed by the influence of economic and political factors, be considered “true.” Two problems occur when making assumptions: authenticity and accuracy of knowledge. Are professional educators and government leaders inclined to base their opinions on mythical knowledge, or empirical knowledge, or both? When one nation’s citizens make reference to another nation using derogatory or judgmental adjectives in reference to another nation, is it then true that the societal opinion of that nation is a confession of its character? You be the judge!   



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