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

Monday, April 12, 2021

Filling the Well: David Ault and Imogen Heap

 
 
There will always be fertile soil. 
There will always be the genius seed inside you. 
There will always be the opportunity to combine the two.
 
– David Ault 


Imogen Heap
"Propeller Seeds" from Sparks
 
 
Propeller seeds, corridor scene
Talk on, walk out
It took me a minute,
My mind was on other things

Oh, but you got me at "Paris"
I must be coming down with
Something to be thinking this

What's happening here?
I'm growing roots through my toes!
And leaves from my fingertips, unfurl.
Where does this story go?

(queue, food, drink up, continue)
We float in tandem,
Past name tags and shaking hands
Immune to the hubbub of others.
We're deep in discussion
The party's on mute.

Our bubble's got it covered.
You want me? Well, you've got me.
It doesn't have to be today.
I can't believe I said that out loud.

What's happening here?
I'm growing roots through my toes
And there are leaves from my fingertips, unfurling.
What does this story know?

Wedding rings and children
Are all the good ones taken?
Rickshaw, disco, goodnight kiss
Oh, cold shower
Calm me for sweet dreams of him

Where does this story go?
What does this story know?
What does this story hold
...for us? 

© 2011 Megaphonic Records Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
  

About this song's 3D immersive production: https://productionadvice.co.uk/propeller-seeds-imogen-heap/
 
 
 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Filling the Well: Zelda Fitzgerald and Arvo Pärt

 
Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, 
how much the heart can hold.
 
– Zelda Fitzgerald

 
"Spiegel im Spiegel" by Arvo Pärt
(Leonhard Roczek on cello and Herbert Schuch on piano)
 
 
 

 
 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Filling the Well: Florence Parry Heide and Andres Amador

 
Sand magnified up to 300 times                     Intelligent Living

 
Rocks
 
Big rocks into pebbles,
pebbles into sand.
I really hold a million million rocks here in my hand.
 
– Florence Parry Heide
from Go With the Poem, selected by Lilian Moore


Andres Amador's Earthscapes:
Art that Goes Out with the Tide



Andres Amador's "Henna Sand Art" (a time lapse video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krYyZucvycU
More amazing sand art creations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvOQFmn-8_4 






Join Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference for some wonderful dual language poems and this week's Poetry Friday roundup.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Filling the Well: Albert Einstein and John Bohannon

 
 
I have no special talents. 
I am only passionately curious.
 
– Albert Einstein
 
 
"Dance vs. Powerpoint, a Modest Proposal"
 Science writer, John Bohannon, with Black Label Movement
 
 
 
 

April 1: John Muir
April 4: Cesare Pavese 
April 8: Albert Einstein and John Bohannon


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Filling the Well: Oliver Wendell Holmes and Hanjin Song

 
 
What lies behind us and what lies before us 
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
 
– Oliver Wendell Holmes


"The Fly"
An animation by Hanjin Song


 
An excellent (10 min) TED talk about mindfulness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzR62JJCMBQ&t=116s




April 1: John Muir
April 4: Cesare Pavese 
April 7: Oliver Wendell Holmes and Hanjin Song


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Filling the Well: Ray Bradbury and... cats

 
 
from A day with Bum; And, The smart little fish
Rare Books Division, NY Public Library

 
That's the great secret of creativity. 
You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.  
 
– Ray Bradbury
from Zen in the Art of Writing
 
 
"Our cats always follow me when the deliveryman brings a package"
 
 
 
And, because I can't resist a good cat video, two more along the same theme:  

Tiny Kitten Parade Follows Owner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGFOUAG-WrY
 
 
 

April 1: John Muir
April 4: Cesare Pavese 
April 6: Ray Bradbury and... cats

 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Filling the Well: Anton Chekhov and Cat Stevens

 
 
Don't tell me the moon is shining; 
show me the glint of light on broken glass.
 
– Anton Chekhov


"Moonshadow" by Cat Stevens
(1977 Animation Festival Short)





April 1: John Muir
April 4: Cesare Pavese 
April 5: Anton Chekhov and Cat Stevens
 


Sunday, April 4, 2021

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Filling the Well: Edith Wharton and Henri Matisse

 
"Open Window, Collioure"              Henri Matisse

 
Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.
 
– Edith Wharton
 
 
 
 
April 1: John Muir
April 3: Edith Wharton and Henri Matisse 


Friday, April 2, 2021

Filling the Well: e.e. cummings and enra

 
 
 
I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing
 than teach ten thousand stars not to dance.
 
– e.e. cummings
                                          Poems by e.e. cummings
 
 
"pleiades" 
performed by enra
 
 


 
April 1: John Muir
April 2: e.e. cummings and enra



Mary Lee Hahn is sharing her #haikudiary for National Poetry Month. Join her at A Year of Reading for this week's Poetry Friday roundup.