December 4, 2010 |
There's no money in poetry. OK, maybe for an extremely few, an extremely lucky, blessed few. You could win a Pulitzer. A Guggenheim. A MacArthur. A Nobel. Or, like Elyse Fenton, a poet living in West Philadelphia, you could win the Dylan Thomas Prize, as she did at the University of Swansea in Wales on Wednesday night. That would earn you a tidy 30,000 pounds ($48,000). Fenton's book Clamor , a collection arising from her experience as the wife of a soldier serving in Iraq, was the first book of poems to win the three-year-old award, given to a work by a writer under 30 that has been published in English.
April 23, 1992 |
From "Tunnel Vision" by Sterlynette L. Waring: Knowledge is a nightmare, I wish I didn't know; I'd prefer the rose-colored glasses the delusions the blinders . . . Living in Lamokin Village, which is to say the projects, Sterlynette L. Waring takes her inspiration where she finds it: inside her own head. Her best friend, Kim Jennings Powell, confronts the streets head-on and translates the pain into poetry. For Dorothy Bruton, writing gives order to a chaotic life.
June 9, 2002
E- Lectric- Ity is eerie And fearsome; this Is widely known. But when he could not wait to understand, 250 years ago this month, this town, Ben Franklin took his kite and keys and life in hand To an open field beneath a cloud apoplectic with storm And flew his imagination in the brave, mad hope Of catching spark (fire-fisher in air!), warm glint of God in the dangerous op- En. Glowed. Yay, Ben. He Was sure of this: Spirit is e- It Y K E Y e l e c t r i f i e d u s a l u s a
April 2, 1987 |
Beware politicians quoting poetry. Beware especially those politicians who misquote poetry. Just before announcing he would run for president, Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts chose to add a touch of class to his act by citing some lines of poetry he had taken the licence of rewriting: The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But we have promises to keep, And miles to go before we sleep, And miles to go before we sleep. Governor Dukakis compounded his act by pausing dramatically, then adding: "This is the poetry of Robert Frost.
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)
May 9, 2014 |
DONATO DiCRISTINO could never turn anyone away. "He was a great listener," said his sister, Dia DiCristino. "I would ask him if he couldn't see through a person, and keep his distance. But he gave everyone the benefit of the doubt. "As a result, he was surrounded by a circle of people from all walks of life, including people who were down on their luck, whom he always tried to help. " Donato, a native South Philadelphian and a dedicated writer and poet, had been living for the last 3 1/2 years in Austin, Texas, where his sister feared that he "let his guard down even lower and became more susceptible to negative forces.
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.