4.18.2006

"performance poetry" goes video blog:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLAqBtljaZA

just when you thought the future of video poetry might be going experimental, jillions of poetry videos like I made in college
In Praise of the Griot
On Friday night the 21st at the Golden Bridge
A Spiritual Village
6322 De Longpre Ave, LA 90028

Kurtis Lamkin will perform his poetry with the Kora.
African Dancers in a special live performance
Come! We are going to jam.
It’s $18 at the door.

Kurtis Lamkin is a poet who plays the Kora, a beautiful 21-string West
African instrument. He has performed his work internationally at festivals,
concerts halls and universities. Mr. Lamkin has performed on many radio and
television shows including National Public Radio, Bill Moyers. He has also
done several recordings, the latest of which is a CD entitled "Queen of Carolina."

Cosponsored by Poets & Writers, Yogi Times and IZZI


Also, on Saturday April 22 at 1:30 pm Kurt is leading a workshop for $20.

"Djelia: Composition, Performance and Improvisation in the Oral Tradition."
The goal of the workshop is to explore poetry through a series of exercise and
games the stimulate listening, focus, memory and creativity. There will also be
a short experiment with the kora, a twenty-one string West African instrument
and a discussion of the lyric. One of the things he stresses through the workshop
is the willingness to make a mess, that is, to try new different approaches
to poetry and embrace the surprises that may occur.

Check it out and sign up here:

http://www.goldenbridgeyoga.com/

4.16.2006

first, adrienne rich revised to support religious feel-good late in life motherhood, ooh it must be ok because I didn't get knocked up when I was 20, only when I was 40, but now, in the NYT

But here's what I think really bothers Flanagan's critics: No matter how vociferously they disagree with her on some things, they find themselves agreeing with much of what she writes. .. Yet any working mother can see the truth in such a statement: time spent working = less time with children = something lost.

NO maybe time spent with children does not oppose time spent working, especially IF the lucky person can manage a job worth doing

Yrs in Eoster,
top ten audio downloads from academy of american poets; but surely this is also a reflection of who (in the past) made recordings -- other than dickinson -- hughes, frost, whitman, thomas, wcw being those

Its Web site, poets.org, is a trove of information on famous and lesser-known poets, offering essays, biographical sketches, photos, interviews, audio clips -- a total poetry resource. More than a million visitors sign on to the site each month, with the tally of hits resulting in the following top ten list of most popular poets (popularity in this case defined purely by traffic data):

1. Langston Hughes

2. Emily Dickinson

3. Robert Frost

4. Walt Whitman

5. E.E. Cummings

6. Sylvia Plath

7. Maya Angelou

8. Dylan Thomas

9. Shel Silverstein

10. William Carlos Williams