Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Adventures in Poetry

This is a BBC series just now, unfortunately it doesn't have a listen again facility, but I caught the programe on Edna St Vincent Millay, and really enjoyed it. She was quite woman in the early part of the last century. Here's a link to two of her most famous pieces:

I love the First Fig. The title comes from a book of poems she did based on a scripture text about getting figs from thistles.

She's well worth reading, and there lots of good sites on her out there.

6 Comments:

Blogger PI said...

I wish I could write poetry. I do try from time to tme. Tried to write one about my lovely brother who died of Alzhenmers but it wasn't good enough.

12:42 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

I'm pretty piss poor too, but I love reading it.

Gifts

As a photographer I have a poet’s eye
As a poet I merely point and click
As a gardener I paint with form
As a painter I pretty much sow corn.
As a cook I like to make the pallette jig.
As a dancer beans on toast's about my limit.

And yet I long to be a dancing, painting poet!

:)

12:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I can appreciate poetry.

2:25 pm  
Blogger PI said...

Banana: browse - sooner or later you will come across one which so relates to you and your emotions your heart will sing.
I started with 'Tha Albatross of Living Verse' which my sister gave me for my 16th birthday and which I still treasure.

2:55 pm  
Blogger NON-WORKINGMONKEY said...

Two really fantastic books: Staying Alive and Being Alive. (both Bloodaxe). I love poetry very much but don't talk about it for fear of being branded pretentious, which is ridiculous because I HATE it when people don't read poetry because they think it's pretentious. 2 you might like:

Atlas - U A Fanthorpe
Wild Geese - Mary Oliver

And the one that always makes me laugh is High Holborn - can't remember who it's by - Adrian Mitchell?

Goes like this (I think)

When I am sad and lonely
When I think all hope is gone
When I walk along High Holborn
I think of you with nothing on

And The Orange by Wendy Cope.

See, hopeless romantic.

9:39 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

Thanks Monkey, see I flushed you out, :). I'll get on Burns next, then we'll all be weeping into our whiskey.

I'll look out for these. I just bought Raymond Carver, "A new path to the waterfall". Second hand I might add. He is fantastic.

6:56 pm  

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