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What Ralph Waldo Emerson, Stephen Crane, and Tim Burton have in common.
July 24, 2008
|Hello Poets and Poetry Lovers
I should get a virus more often! On my laptop that is.
Monday morning I downloaded a virus and took my laptop to the doctor that night. So I've been without a laptop for two days. I got a lot of work done.
Since I didn't have e-mail to distract me I was able to work on the desktop computer in my living room and actually updated a couple of web pages plus added three more. It's been a good week! And it hasn't been too bad for Stephen Crane, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Tim Burton either. Keep reading to find out what these three men have in common.
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Poetry Video Of The Week
Here's a classic Tim Burton animated poem titled Vincent. It definitely has the signature of the man who brought us Batman and Edward Scissorhands. I think you'll like it. As always, if you can't watch it in this format then click here.
New World Class Poetry Pages
What do Ralph Waldo Emerson, Stephen Crane, and Tim Burton have in common? They're all new additions to the World Class Poetry Hall of Fame and they each have a page at World Class Poetry now. Click on the name of the poet and visit his room in the Hall.
And as an added bonus, here's a video of Tim Burton's The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy:
Can't watch the video? Catch it here.
Updated World Class Poetry Pages
American Life in Poetry: Column 173
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006
Poets are especially good at investing objects with meaning, or in drawing meaning from the things of this world. Here Patrick Phillips of Brooklyn, New York, does a masterful job of comparing a wrecked piano to his feelings.
Touched by your goodness, I am like that grand piano we found one night on Willoughby that someone had smashed and somehow heaved through an open window. And you might think by this I mean I'm broken or abandoned, or unloved. Truth is, I don't know exactly what I am, any more than the wreckage in the alley knows it's a piano, filling with trash and yellow leaves. Maybe I'm all that's left of what I was. But touching me, I know, you are the good breeze blowing across its rusted strings. What would you call that feeling when the wood, even with its cracked harp, starts to sing?
American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Copyright 2008 by Patrick Phillips. Reprinted from his most recent book of poetry, "Boy," University of Georgia Press, 2008, by permission of Patrick Phillips. Introduction copyright (c) 2008 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. gress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
New World Class Poetry Blog PostsThere are a lot of noteworthy highlights on the blog this week. For starters, the poet laureate of Hanover, Pa. interviewed me and published one of my poems - "Old Goth". It's the first link below, but it isn't the very best read of the bunch (close!). Be sure to catch Michael Hoover's take on the poem and see how he analyzes it - pretty cool! But check out all the links!
Poetry Book Of The Week
There are all sorts of books we could have selected for this week's poetry book of the week. Stephen Crane's Red Badge Of Courage, Ralph Waldo Emerson's transcendental B.S., or any number of other wild and wicked reads. But I thought we'd honor the contemporary madman Tim Burton, whose movies I adore. It's nice to know that he's also written a little poetry, even if somewhat bazaar. This week's poetry book of the week is Tim Burton's The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories.
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