Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

America’s Most Widely Misread Literary Work

February 26, 2019

“America’s Most Widely Misread Literary Work.” Written and animated by Jackie Lay for The Atlantic.

“The poem isn’t a salute to can-do individualism. It’s a commentary on the self-deception we practice when constructing the story of our own lives.”

More:

“The Most Misread Poem in America,” David Orr, The Paris Review

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Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs

November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs
A holiday poem from Williams S. Burroughs: “Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons …”
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Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs

November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs
A holiday poem from Williams S. Burroughs: “Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons …”

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Happy Halloween

October 31, 2016

Christopher Walken recites Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” Boo.

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Nobel Laureate Wordsmith

October 13, 2016

Songwriter Bob Dylan (né Robert Zimmerman) has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Mr. Dylan was first nominated for the prize in 1997.

Bob Dylan website

Video from D. A. Pennebaker’s 1967 film Dont Look Back.

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The Eyes of a New York Woman

March 6, 2016

“The Eyes of a New York Woman,” music written by Jeff Ogden, with lyrics from Thomas Pynchon’s 1963 novel Vrecorded by The Insect Trust in 1969. Robert Palmer played the recorder solo. Not to be confused with the Mark James song of the same name recorded by B.J. Thomas.

The Insect Trust: Nancy Jeffries (vocals), Bill Barth (guitar), Luke Faust (guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica), Trevor Koehler (saxophone), and Robert Palmer (clarinet, alto saxophone). Drummers Elvin Jones and Bernard Purdie joined the group on occasion.

More:

“The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed,” Ed Ward, NPR

“The Insect Trust: Hoboken Saturday Night,” Robert Christgau, Collectors’ Choice Music CCM-502-2, 2005

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Donald Trump, Meet Langston Hughes

January 17, 2016

Donald Trump, Meet Langston Hughes

Let America Be America Again
Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967)

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

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Billy’s Christmas Wish

December 29, 2015

“Billy’s Christmas Wish,” written and recited by Red Sovine. Imagine you’re alone, driving a semi down a dark highway at night, hearing this over the radio.

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Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs

November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs

A holiday poem from Williams S. Burroughs: “Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons …”

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Today’s Economy: Agnes Török Explains It All to You

July 19, 2015

“Worthless,” written and performed by Agnes Török of Loud Poets. Film by Perry Jonsson; music by Robbero.

h/t: S. Abbas Raza

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