watch some poetry

August 30, 2020

There’s poetry worth watching on Poetry + Video.

For example, here’s Kaspar Hauser Lied, an animation by Susanne Wiegner visualizing a poem by Austrian poet Georg Trakl (1887 – 1914).

And here is Misery, a video by Marie Craven featuring erasure/collage poetry by Sarah Sloat that sources text from Stephen King’s book of the same name.

And here is Imagining Time, a video by Jelena Sinik, inspired by “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot.

There are many more short films on the Poetry + Video site. Enjoy.

as the fur flies

December 24, 2019

Perhaps you’ve heard: the movie version of “Cats” is here. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical opened on Broadway in 1982 and is still running, so what could go wrong?

Apparently, more than you’d expect. Rotten Tomatoes, which gives the film 17% on the Tomatometer (as of this writing), says, “Despite its fur-midable cast, this Cats adaptation is a clawful mistake that will leave most viewers begging to be put out of their mew-sery.” Me-ow!

Somewhat hastily released to make scheduled screenings, the film is being reissued with some quick fixes. Here’s Louis Bayard’s commentary in The New York Times.

As the fur flies, it bears repeating that the inspiration for all this drama is a book of rhyming poetry: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. If you don’t have a copy on your shelf and the library copy is checked out, you can read it online at Project Gutenberg.

on poetry

November 23, 2019

“It was language I loved, not meaning. I liked poetry better when I wasn’t sure what it meant. Eliot has said that the meaning of the poem is provided to keep the mind busy while the poem gets on with its work — like the bone thrown to the dog by the robber so he can get on with his work. Borges, when asked to read some of his poetry to a class of American students, said he would read it in Spanish. And that those who didn’t know Spanish would possibly get more out of it than those who did.”
P.K. Page
(November 23, 1916 – January 14, 2010)

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photo by Ken McAllister, courtesy of Library and Archives Canada
quote from The Filled Pen: Selected Non-Fiction, page 30

come hear Lana!

May 26, 2017

Lana Hechtman Ayers, who spends a prodigious amount of time promoting the voices of poets through her imprints at Concrete Wolf, MoonPath Press, and World Enough Writers (among others) will bring her own voice to the podium on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 7:00pm, when she will be the featured poet for the Distinguished Writer Series at King’s Books, Tacoma. Lana will read from her various poetry collections, including her new book, Four Quarters: An Homage To T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Come hear Lana!

on poetry

September 26, 2015

photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt
“you are the music / While the music lasts.”
T.S. Eliot
(September 26, 1888 – January 4, 1965)
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photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt

quote from “The Dry Salvages”

bonus: Marlon Brando reads “The Hollow Men”

graphing dystopia…

July 24, 2012

dystopia flowchart by Erin BowmanThis post is more about the poetry of flowcharts than it is about poetry.

If you’ve ridden the bus, taken a plane or gone to the beach lately, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of people are reading The Hunger Games, a “dystopian” fiction.

So what is dystopia anyway? Wikipedia says: “A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian.”

If you’re not sure what qualifies as dystopian, start here, with Erin Bowman’s flowchart for decoding the genre.

If you’re curious what books have qualified as dystopian, have a look at the goodreads timeline of dystopian literature.

If you’re already hip-deep in The Hunger Games and wondering where to turn next, here’s a magnificent answer from the Lawrence (Kansas) Public Library.

And where does dystopian poetry fit in? “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot… “The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats… “Fragments for the Gates of Times Square: The Fear of Neon” by Philena Pugh… Where’s the flowchart?!
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Thanks to Media Bistro / Galley Cat

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