Mary Oliver – morning poetry writing

Listen to this wonderfully calm and thoughtful interview with the Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Mary Oliver (NPR recording 2013).

In under 7 minutes, she conveys the fresh tang of her words, by reading her poem “I happen to be standing”, written during her usual early morning attentiveness to nature and poetry writing time of choice.  Then goes on to give some thoughts on the practice of writing poetry and her concern with the natural world:

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“I think Modern art lacks affection”

What an astounding observation by Ian Hamilton Finlay: “I think modern art lacks affection”.

It was made during lunch with an artist with whom he maintained an exchange of letters and pictures – Graham Rich.  I know this from the 34 minute video talk in which Graham talks about the shared love of boats with Ian Hamilton Finlay – and their little jokes in the correspondence.

This is one of those rare things: charming.  The younger artist obviously had respect for Continue reading ““I think Modern art lacks affection””

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 and wordplay. Or find yourself looking at a postcard and … Continue reading Shortest poem?