Tuesday, October 17, 2017

'The Island' (Videopoem)

"The Island That Is Hard to Find in English" is a poem by  British-Jamaican poet, spoken-word artist, educator, and editor Raymond Antrobus. It is read by Antrobus in the video below, which was animated by Maya Horton. The subtitles are by Phillip Louden-Carter and the music by Jonny Whalton.




Antrobus, a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow, is the author of the chapbook To Sweeten Bitter (Outspoken Press, 2017), Shapes & Disfigurements of Raymond Antrobus (Burning Eye Books, 2012) and, forthcoming, his as-yet-untitled debut collection about deafness, the Diaspora, and language, which is to be published by the London-based Penned in the Margins.

Raymond Antrobus on FaceBook

Raymond Antrobus Profiles at Brain Mill Press and Poetry Foundation

(My thanks to Peter Hayoe and Helen Dewbery for the link to the short.)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Thought for the Day


You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the
space in between is trust and love.
~ Louise Bourgeois
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Quoted as Epigraph in Sharon Salzberg's Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection (Flatiron Books, 2017), Chapter 24, p. 279

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), French-American Sculptor


Sharon Salzberg, Co-Founder, Insight Meditation Society; Author, Teacher

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Short

Readers may recall my May 2016 post that introduced the remarkable photographer Kirsty Mitchell. Recently, Mitchell's Wonderland came to the Paine Art Center and Gardens museum, Oshkosh, Wisconsin (the show continues through October 29), where Mitchell made a short showing the gorgeous installation and some of the visitors she met.



This second short relates some of the preparation for the exhibition, which presented 19 of Mitchell's large, wholly unforgettable pieces (the series numbers 74 images):



An additional "bonus" video:



For more installation shots, see Mitchell's blog post about the exhibition.

Kirsty Mitchell Website

Copies of Mitchell's Wonderland book (2nd edition) are available for purchase. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gratitude (Poem)

Gratitude

The lemons in lemonade
remind me

of daffodils and forsythia
in daddy's dusty greenhouse,

and the dappled glitter of the sun
in its slant over Chicago.

I could celebrate it—
the single bluet

that makes lunch an odyssey
of tastes, plums not too green

to plunder, the cool water
in the red urn flowing oceanic,

better than the blackberry wine
so beloved by Beyonce.

In a cathedral of the imagination,
there are no impediments,

no one is bored, and the albatross
isn't a burden to any sailor.

Persimmons nevermore go missing,
nor snowy owls ply their dialect

like a drunken skunk.
Whereas, in gratitude, I hustle

to welcome the buzz
of the humble fly in paradise,

its canto as phenomenal as the kaddish
of the raven, or maybe the nightingale.

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In creating this found poem, I used a selection of words from a FaceBook post by Kaveh Akbar about the words poets "own". That post (originally a tweet) turned out to be a great prompt. (Also read Kaveh's post at Literary Hub.)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Thought for the Day


. . . our bodies measure distance in bed.
~ Alyssa Kelly
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Quoted from Alyssa Kelly's poem "Unforgivable" in "When You Have Forgotten Sunday: The Love Story" in The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (The University of Arkansas Press, 2017),  p. 215

Alyssa Kelly, High School English Teacher, Poet, Singer-Songwriter

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Waiting Rooms at Mandalay Bay (Cinquain)


Waiting Rooms at Mandalay Bay

The heat
in the desert
unseams clothes, sears silence.
Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat. Waiting rooms
deafen.

© 2017 Maureen E. Doallas

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Two Tarfia Faizullah Poems (Videopoems)


In the video below, produced for Voluble/Los Angeles Review of Books, Tarfia Faizullah reads two of her poems: "Feast or Famine" and "Love Poem Ending With the Eye of a Needle". The music is by Brooklyn Shanti and Robin Sukhadia; editing is by Shanti. Footage for the second poem is from Sita Sings the Blues.



My thanks to Poets & Writers for the link.

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of the forthcoming Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf Press, March 2018). Her debut collection was Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014).

Tarfia Faizullah Profiles at Academy of American Poets and Poetry Foundation

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Thought for the Day

. . . always let us let love's gaze crowd tightly in. . . .
~ Liu Xiaobo
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Quoted from "Liu Xiaobo's Last Text", The New York Review of Books, September 28, 2017

Liu Xiaobo (1955-2017), Poet, Literary Critic, Human Rights Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2010)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fall's Leaves (Reverse Cinquain)




Fall's Leaves

Weary,
they slip to ground, their once-green skins —
now worn mottled coats — shed
in autumn's own
dust-up.

2017 © Maureen E. Doallas

This is a "reverse cinquain", its lines comprising, in order, 2, 8, 6, 4, and 2 syllables. See the prompt at Tweetspeak Poetry and contribute your own poem.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thought for the Day


What are we without winds becoming words?
~ Joy Harjo
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Quoted from Joy Harjo's poem "Becoming Seventy" in Poetry, September 2017, p. 502

Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation), Poet and Writer, Musician/Composer, Performing Artist

Joy Harjo on FaceBook and YouTube