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)
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.
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.
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.