October 15, 2001 |
This particular miracle is a little more than a month old - and growing. It has the texture of the human voice, the flexible flight of the human mind. Like a gardener in the green, I've been tending it and learning. Within hours of the televised destruction of the World Trade Center towers and the lives therein, poems started coming in to us here at the paper. And they just kept coming and coming, from men, women, children (youngest so far: 6), adolescents, seniors (oldest so far: 87)
April 21, 1995 |
Love Mother Earth. Attend the Pennsylvania Resources Council "Artists' Tribute to the Environment" at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Environmental Living Center in Edgmont. This Earth Day event will feature woodworks, paintings, sculpture, floral designs, decorative art and "critters" made from recyclable materials, as well as poetry and special Earth Day readings. Admission is free. The Living Center is at 3606 Providence Rd. Call 610-353-1555. Marty's Musical Moments comes to the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
April 10, 2007 |
If you thought the hotel-room wrestling scene in Borat was extreme (and extremely funny), check out Taxidermia. This wild, multigenerational saga from Hungary's Gyorgy Palfi makes Sacha Baron Cohen's potty-humored faux-doc look like a kid's trip to the candy store. Visually dazzling and outlandishly obscene, Taxidermia begins in old Red Army days, with a lowly orderly prowling around the farmhouse of his lieutenant, spying on the officer's daughters as they undress and bathe. After a not-to-be-believed scene that brings new meaning to the phrase "hot sex," the orderly Vendel beds (in a manner of speaking)
June 29, 2003 |
Jessica Thom, who admires the writings of Sylvia Plath, Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost, is Bucks County's 2003 high school poet of the year. Thom, who will be a senior at Central Bucks East High School in Buckingham, won the $400 top prize in the poet-laureate program coordinated by Bucks County Community College. Entries came from 185 high school students throughout the county. "I try to keep my poetry short and to the point, not too obscure, easy for everyone to understand," said Thom, who writes about family, friends and relationships.
October 7, 1997 |
Ten-year-old Andris Mezgailis turned the Matisse postcard over and over in his hands before he began to write. The card showed a painting by the 19th-century French artist called Icarus, from Jazz. Icarus, a character from Greek mythology, tried to fly but fell into the sea and drowned when the wax on his artificial wings melted after he got too close to the sun. The Matisse painting showed a blue figure flailing against the sky, a splash of red spotting his chest. Andris wrote slowly, carefully, in looping pencil script, his impressions of the picture.
April 24, 2011
By Louis Zukofsky New Directions. 846 pp. $24.95 Reviewed by Bob Perelman The reissue of Louis Zukofsky's long poem "A" is a most welcome event. In the innovative regions of the poetic universe, Zukofsky is a major presence: Thanks to the enthusiasm of figures such as Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, and the Language poets, there now is a population of admirers who will be glad "A " is back in print. For most of Zukofsky's career such an outcome would have seemed highly implausible.
January 1, 2003
In time of the crises of the spirit, we are aware of all our need, our need for each other and our need for ourselves. We call up our fullness; we turn, and act. We begin to be aware of correspondences, of the acknowledgment in us of necessity, and of the lands.. . . And poetry, among all this - where is there a place for poetry? In this moment when we face horizons and conflicts wider than ever before, we want our resources, the ways of strength. We look again to the human wish, its faiths, the means by which the imagination leads us to surpass ourselves.
May 13, 1990 |
Sylvia Plaskonos has resurrected quite a few dead poets this year at Mary Devine Elementary School in Croydon, and some live ones as well. The works of Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe and Clement Moore (" 'Twas the Night Before Christmas") as well as contemporary children's poets Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein have not languished on the school library's bookshelves since Plaskonos, the school librarian, decided that her life's mission was to turn students on to poetry. Last fall, she was at a librarians' conference where she heard the idea, and she was immediately excited by it. "If they can read, then the whole world opens up to them," Plaskonos said as she donned a Dracula costume and headed down a corridor for her weekly classroom visits to read poetry.
September 12, 1986 |
The United States goes wrong when it doesn't live up to its Constitution. South Africa goes wrong when it does. "In this country, you had a Constitution which insured certain rights and (black) people were denied those rights and they appealed to the law and to the government to uphold their rights," says black South African poet Dennis Brutus, for 20 years an exiled opponent of apartheid. "In South Africa, you have a Constitution that says 22 million people can't vote, and if they try to vote they go to prison.