Should you find yourself wandering around the city of Leiden, the Netherlands sometime, you may notice some curious markings
on the city's walls.
("Wall Poems") adorn many of the town's streets (clickable map)
, and many English-language poets are represented: one John Keats
, for instance, inside a bookshop; Dylan Thomas
, E. E. Cummings
, W.B. Yeats
, some guy called William Shakespeare
, or this ode to Charlie Parker
by American William Waring Cuney
. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Apr 5, 2009 -
The Gawain Project
is an ongoing translation of the late 14th century anonymous poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
(originally written in Middle English) into Modern English, for the amusement of Arthurians and anyone who likes a good story. [via mefi projects]
posted by Effigy2000
on Feb 13, 2009 -
It began when Mr. Klinsky threw in his two cents, a vague request that a poem he had written for and about his family be lodged in a wall somewhere, Ms. Sherry said, “put in a bottle and hidden away as if it were a time capsule.”
Sometimes when you make a simple suggestion about the remodeling of your $8.5 million 5th Ave. apartment, the designer goes a little overboard
. In an awesome way. Don't miss the slideshow
posted by Who_Am_I
on Jun 12, 2008 -
Anglo-Finnish artist Sanna Annukka
's vibrant, flat design work (especially her Icons
series) got me curious about her, well, iconography.
She mentioned The Kalevala previously
, the Finnish national epic poem (in Finnish here
), a tale of creation and heroism that arguably spurred the Finns to independence from the Russians.
Like so much else epic and awesome, it spawned a '70s prog band, with three albums
posted by klangklangston
on Feb 25, 2008 -
Being But Men.
Every year around this time, this interstitial runs and I am reminded of the genius of Dylan Thomas and how much fun it must be to make interstitials for TNT. [more inside]
posted by The Bellman
on Dec 10, 2007 -
Too Hot To Hear
. Fifty years ago today, a San Francisco Municipal Court judge ruled that Allen Ginsberg's Beat-era poem "Howl" was not obscene. Yet today, a New York public broadcasting station decided not to air the poem, fearing that the Federal Communications Commission will find it indecent and crush the network with crippling fines.
More on Allen Ginsberg here
posted by amyms
on Oct 5, 2007 -
The time for more public poetry
is at hand with the soon-to-arrive National Poetry Month. Perhaps you favor love poems? Poets and Writers
listed the 25 best (among those online: #1
). Or perhaps ballads with a beat? This
was once considered the best example, but this offensive poem
is even more famous. Of course, nonsense
, as is alliteration
. Eager to take your own turn? Try some complex forms
. Double sestina
posted by blahblahblah
on Mar 27, 2005 -
The notorious Laura (Riding) Jackson
, mistress and muse to Robert Graves, among others, is back with a new poem
in the New Republic last week. There's a new biography and a new anthology coming out too, but the best things to read are her tirades to the New York Review of Books in response to critiques of her work by Paul Auster
and Harry Matthews
posted by oldleada
on Feb 17, 2005 -
A quicktime movie based on Michael Ondaatje
. "The rules of the dance are simple: if the caller announces a circumstance that has occurred in the lifetime of you or your partner, you must leave the dance floor at once."
posted by dhruva
on Dec 15, 2004 -
From all over
the media has recently attacked us
'bout the hangover cure made from extract of cactus
Taken hours before drinking, may ward off the curse...
...but only Charles Osgood has reported in verse
posted by britain
on Jun 30, 2004 -
What is the current state of American poetry?
Hank Lazer: Perhaps, contrary to the laments, we are now living through a particularly rich time in American poetry—an era of radically democratized poetry...In its anarchic democratic disorganized decentralization, poetry culture has developed in a manner parallel to the computer: the decentralized PC has beaten the main-frame. No one can pretend to know what is out there, or what is next. Who are some of the most notable American poets active in the beginning of the 21st century?
posted by rushmc
on May 27, 2004 -
"Possession of blue objects."
Visual poetry diamond of the Hungarian language - I'd love a pronuciation guide. Have you a favorite lexical chunk?
posted by dorcas
on Aug 19, 2002 -
In Flanders Fields
- by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
MetaFilter readers wherever you are, please take a moment of silence to honour those who gave their lives so that we could live ours.
posted by PWA_BadBoy
on Nov 11, 2001 -
Saw this "Poem to the Editor" in the paper version of this community rag. Supposed to be written by "a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital."
posted by kcchip
on Mar 26, 2001 -