Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

The Voice of the Poet: T.S. Eliot

Posted: December 28, 2015 in reviews

The Voice of the PoetThe Voice of the Poet by T.S. Eliot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I somehow love him less for having heard him read his work but the Voice of the Poet series is still great.

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Richard Burton Reads the Poetry of John DonneRichard Burton Reads the Poetry of John Donne by John Donne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Poetry good. Richard Burton good. Richard Burton reading poetry? Not so much.

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At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver reads Mary OliverAt Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mary Oliver is like the little girl that had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. When she’s good, she’s very, very good. And when she’s bad, she’s horrid.

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Along a Ruined Sea by Larry Kuechlin

Posted: November 26, 2015 in reviews

Along a Ruined SeaAlong a Ruined Sea by Larry Kuechlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This attractive book is a modest collection of poetry by Larry Kuechlin which draws from his personal experiences in rock climbing and other outdoor pursuits, interspersed with beautiful photographs and illustrations throughout. I think it’s great that interesting books like this still make it into print, and although some of the poems were a little hit and miss, I’d gladly pass it on to fellow climbers who’d best appreciate what Kuechlin has to say.

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Homework: Write down 10 things on separate scraps of paper. Mix them up. Write down definitions for those 10 things on separate scraps of paper. Mix them up. Take a random thing and random definition and write them down as one line. Do this until you’ve defined everything. Write it out as a poem. Sample lines are given below as an example.

Jealousy is the man who tends wildlife.
A house is a feeling of togetherness.
Death is a container kept at a constant low temperature.
A car is a long stick with bristles.
Harmony is the pre-ordained road of life.
A rainbow is a pain inside the head.
Grief is the gathering of waterdrops in the sky.
A book is the large grandiose home of royalty.
Comfort is overindulgence in food and wealth.
A barge is a dwelling in which to live a simple life.
Love is the fruit Eve was forbidden to eat.
Happiness is that which gives pleasure to the beholder.
A headache is a place where people live.
Fear is something you attach to the floor to stop doors from opening.
A car is violence of the human heart.
Destiny is an implement for digging.
Pain is a set of teeth with four legs attached to it.
Happiness is the movement of your life.
A feeling is a violent game that men play.
An Army General is a meal ticket.
Honey is a time-filled space.
Life is a mistake.
Greed is Joy.
An aeroplane is misery.
Anger is care-free elation.
A boat is a means of transport for some and prestige for others.
Misery travels on water.
Tension is a furry animal.
Love is a spectrum of colours in the sky caused by rain being a prism and breaking the light.