Mary Oliver – morning poetry writing

Mary Oliver on modern poetry, her writing practice, early morning as a time to be creative, and loving concern for the environment

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Poetry lives on

W B Yeats, W H Auden, memorial, poetry

W H Auden reads his poem about the death of W B Yeats (anniversary today) - not only the passing of the man, but the way poetry lives on in the world after the death of its writer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNlS_Vbip_Q Interesting to bear in mind that we are listening to the spoken words of a poet who has been …

Shortest poem?

I just came across this intriguing video answer to that question. First of all, I need to say that the presenter is slightly too inTENse in the WAy he spEaks. But don't let this put you off, the content is interesting, cooky and sometimes plan daft, with many examples.  Persist in viewing if you're interested in words …

Snollygoster….

Two words which have fallen out of use, according to Radio 4. How about reviving them?  Today.  See if you can slip them into conversation.  Somehow. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2xL1gH6FcyCtYH2NM6zYhTK/lost-for-words-14-expressions-that-have-vanished 9. Snollygoster A 19th century American term for an unprincipled, dishonest person, especially a politician. 10. Mumpsimus An obstinate person who holds on rigidly to a certain set …

Alighiero Boetti

This Italian artist produced joyous, coloured designs of "squared words" of phrases in Italian, then had them embroidered by Afghan needlewomen in refugee camps in 1970s. (photo from TJBoulting, gallery, which held an exhibition of the work in 2012) Quello Che Non Succede In Mille Anni Succedera In Un Attimo (That which does not happen …