Monday, April 19, 2021

Filling the Well: Dante Alighieri, Don Francis, and Gregory Alan Isakov

 
"Untitled" by Don Francis, Spanish Banks      roaming-the-planet

 
My course is set for an uncharted sea. 
 
– Dante Alighieri 


Gregory Alan Isakov
"Berth" from Evening Machines
 


silver-wing-ed, broken english, boys they smoke

talk and joke

above the water

New York lady, holding in her heavy hand

sacred lantern, guiding dawn

quit all that looking back

i quit all of that

casting glances backwards, but it’s not your fault

turned to salt for wondering

in your braids and heavy pages, we were folded

kiss the cold and dirty ground

quit all that looking back

i quit all of that

seasons wake with sleeping birds now flying south

covered mouth, we watch in awe

fallen pines to shape the skyline

take me there

beneath the barren colored moon

quit all that looking back

i quit all of that

greeting all the masses

from their teeming shores

she was born with open eyes
 
her color . . . is coming back

© Gregory Alan Isakov  
(for more music, visit his website)
 
 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Filling the Well: Carl Sandburg, Raymond Crowe, and Louis Armstrong

 
"Fanny Ellsler in The Shadow Dance"        
 Jerome Robbins Dance Division, NY Public Library

 

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. 
 
– Carl Sandburg
                                                    Poems by Carl Sandburg
 
 
"What a Wonderful World"
(Shadow Puppetry by Raymond Crowe)







Speaking of a wonderful world, our hostess with the mostest for this week's Poetry Friday roundup is Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021