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Archive for October, 2007

Audre Lorde wrote a poem for Till entitled “Afterimages.” Langston Hughes wrote two poems for Emmett Till, one of which was intended to be a blues song. (THE) Dylan wrote a song entitled “The Murder of Emmett Till.” This is a photomontage of Emmett’s life, set to Dylan’s song: [kml_flashembed movie=”http://youtube.com/v/QjfGcRM35xg” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] […]

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Quatrains.

View from a Window: Murrels’ Inlet, S.C. Square, white clapboard planter holds heads of puff-pink crowned geraniums; her hands dead-headed the rest, frail brown casings mingled with plums in the barrel’s heap. Among grass warm bricks lay like honeycombs, held hexagons, each by six neighbors. Giving way to planks lain, felled trees aligned like rows, […]

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The Faerie Qveene is the meta-meta-meta poem of all poems. It has everything–sex, gore, family, good and evil, magic, disguise, misunderstandings, a quest… Three major “problems,” or points of potential complication, in the poem emerge in the first canto. We get them all in the brief quatrain proceeding the poem: there is a knight on […]

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I came across this video of a representative from Microsoft talking about a new software called Seadragon, and a phenomena called The Photosynth Experience. It is so interesting, in terms of the future of liberal arts, photography, publishing, etc. Technology ahoy! http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/129 (oh, and I am sharing it with the Mother Blogs of all of […]

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found sonnet

“Found Sonnet” (excerpts taken from Lia Purpura’s On Looking, the essay entitled “Glaciology”) During the thaw we were given to see whole bodies of bone inclined toward each other; snow melted into vertebrae, pocked with dirt, and unlikely in their strength. Bones, stacked, bent, in the attitude of prayer, the edges honed, precarious, forms arced […]

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“Dusting” – Gjertrud Schnackenberg 1 A circle widens beneath my cloth, the years Of dust rubbed from the wavy windowpanes. Bits of planets, burst stars have sifted down, Dust from remote globes of the universe 5 Drops in our closets, piles in corners softly, Swirls in sunrays toward boxes we’ll unpack, Around the clocks and […]

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preSCRIPTion.

I composed this poem as a mash-up of the stuff written on pill bottles and the OED’s list of definitions for the noun “prescription,” which appear in italics. “PreSCRIPTion” montuewedthufrisatsun Rx only manufactured in Germany uninterrupted use or possession from time immemorial may cause drowsiness may cause dizziness alcohol intensifies effect use care using machines […]

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This is not fully flushed out, of course (hence it’s on the blog and not the thesis of a paper), but I promised this blog would be a place of interconnectivity between my various classes this semester, and I am about to keep that promise in a big way.  I have been meditating extensively on […]

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I heart Audre Lorde.

Here is a recording, on my personal blog, of myself reading a pair of Audre Lorde poems entitled “Memorial.” Enjoy!

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No, no, no, no! Come, let’s away to prison: We two alone will sing like birds i’ the cage: When thou dost ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down, And ask of thee forgiveness: so we’ll live, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues Talk of […]

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