Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nouvelle Cuisine

photo ©2009 geoff stamp (from File)

I was browsing the new poetry shelf at library and found a few worth taking a deeper look at. One was Denise Duhamel's most recent, Ka-Ching!, and a book on how to write poetry, Ordinary Genius by another favorite poet of mine, Kim Addonizio. The third was a collection of recent poems from Tin House literary magazine. I hope to keep this blog a little bit more up to date and will post a few of the poems I like as I come across them..

For local Iowa City denizens there there should be a good turnout at Kandy Land tomorrow (Fri) night for several local bands including Liberty Leg. See you there.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Jay Bennett

I ganked this video from I AM FUEL blog. Jay was a crazy freak but he was all about the music. He played here in town a couple years back.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Belated Memorial Day Tribute

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Untitled Poem [“Speciously individual ...”]

Speciously individual
like a solid piece of spit
floating in a cuspidor
I dream of free bravery
but am a social being.
I should do something
to get out of here
but float around in the culture
wondering what it will grow.

by Alan Dugan

I found this on Poetry Foundation website. It fit my mood at the time.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

I was listening the bonus cd from Bob Dylan's new album. The cd is an entire show from Bob's XM radio show Theme Time Radio Hour. It is great to hear Bob introduce some of the more obscure tracks that he clearly loves. One of the songs was Sister Rosetta Thorpe and Bob suggested to You Tube her and check it out. So I did.