Quietly people all over the globe did their part to say ‘thank you’ to the great blue & green ball we call home. And there are the big earth blowouts that try to get everyone psyched about taking care of the global home. Our Volunteers spent Friday morning polishing the Library lawn. Thank you so much! I am ready to continue the polishing and make that patio a great place to read, eat or hang out (nicely, of course). More to be done but lots taken care of…pics for you:
Remi Lamothe from Palmer Mass wins $250 and the Palmer Library $100 AND the summer isn’t even here!
…you get an email that has a LIST of things going on. You scroll down and down and down and then a little more down. Then, you see SOMETHING that catches your eye. It’s a LINK! Let’s try it. The link leads to more investigation – reading, going to the ‘pages’, the ‘about’, the ‘blogs’, the ‘poet forum’, the ‘contests’, the ‘press’. And then you are into an entire new world built around poetry and floating through the ether thanks to those towers. ONE BILLION POETS expressly for the teen poet. So far, so good. I’ll walk down more of those headers as the time goes on…these teen poets are from ALL OVER the World! One more LINK, one more million billion trillion ideas and thoughts to contend with, I guess.
Last night…Cultural Center…Grand Slam Poetry Slam for High School poets…13 poets….26 poems….you should have been there. But, seriously,
folks, last night’sGrand Slam was very different from last year’s. New poets – the Old Guard has graduated, more guys, humor, style, voice, breadth, and an evening of good, good poetry. To me this year’s competition was more about stepping off the cliff than ‘the rock stars are here’ kind of poetry. Like I mentioned, new poets there up on stage. The musicality and diverse menu of presentation and content was so rewarding. The big reward for me – or Bob Dylan as the case may be – came after I exited and entered my car for the drive home. Listening to WUMB (You know they play the MOST Bob Dylan songs of any radio station), Bob was singing (old Bob or should I say a ‘young bob’). I don’t like Bob Dylan singing. I always turn the sound off. How radically un-American is that? But tonight, I ‘got Bob.’ Everyone knows he is a poet but I could never get past just the SOUND of his voice but this time I let it go. This WAS/IS poetry. After all, I had just listened and internally interacted with POETRY moments ago. I GOT IT! So, as a ‘bob-come-lately to this whole Dylan thing, I didn’t switch the voice off, I listened. I still don’t LIKE Bob Dylan singing just like I don’t like some writers or poets or actors who are ‘icons.’ Thanks to the poets who just got up on stage and risked their words in public and for that moment I actually enjoyed listening to the poetry of song by Dylan. Thanks, Poets.
PS: There is a LOT of support for young writers on the Cape….and Lauren Wolk and the Cape Cod Cultural Center as well as your local library are great places to begin find writing/publishing/reading resources and support for stretching beyond the comfort of your four walls zone.
This was locked safely away in draft form for weeks, but it’s out of the box now…Everyone should know their Muses….
1st, the Nine:
Calliope was the muse of epic poetry.
Clio was the muse of history.
Erato was the muse of love poetry.
Euterpe was the muse of music.
Melpomene was the muse of tragedy.
Polyhymnia was the muse of sacred poetry.
Terpsichore was the muse of dance.
Thalia was the muse of comedy.
Urania was the muse of astronomy.
…I am walking through the Teen Reads Area after a ‘puppet power practice’ for tomorrow’s event, and I suddenly think, “Flying books…I want to make a little animated ‘toon of flying books. Where do I go?” I took the train to Google, and ending up on a Shreveport, Louisiana website ‘Artspace’ which featured a short film called “The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore.’ And, guess what, there are flying books. I can only get a snippet of the film but I want to see the WHOLE thing. I’ve added the MOONBOT Studios web address to this little entry. Have fun looking at the Office Tour of the studio and the snippet. Now, I have to figure out how to make books fly…. please take a look at the first ‘making of the short’ . The curative power of story is the core DNA behind the project. We ALL have stories to tell. I believe that. Have fun and keep in touch with Moonbot Studios.
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