"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 -
An aesthetics of inadequacy.
"Despite Aeschylus's statement, 'All knowledge comes from suffering,' all that came from my suffering was suffering."
An interview with Alan Shapiro, the author of Song and Dance, about poetry as an attempt of mourning.
posted by semmi
on Aug 16, 2002 -
Meet John Clare.
In 1832, he wrote to John Taylor, saying:
'in spite of every difficulty rhyme will come to the end of my pen -- when I am in trouble I go on & it gives me pleasure by resting my feelings of every burthen & when I am pleased it gives me extra gratification & so in spite of myself I rhyme on.'*
And John Clare knew difficulty
. Born to dirt poor farmers in 1793, he wrote his first poem at 13 and published his first book of poetry at 27. Yet he found himself committed to the Northampton General Lunatic Asylum by the age of 48. Why? It was determined that he suffered from too many "years addicted to poetical prosings."
A poet of the sonnet form, he has suffered from a lack of academic attention until just recently
. He does, however, have a society
in his name, and a John Clare conference
will be held in North America next year.
posted by grabbingsand
on Aug 11, 2002 -
The Typing Explosion.
"These poets are good, sometimes even great, proving that musicians, dancers and actors aren't the only ones who can improvise their way into art." Ingenious, or simply deviceful recreation??
posted by protocool
on Jun 1, 2002 -
Missing Dog Head!
And other /Insane/ things found. Provided to you by Ubu.com
Also check out the mp3
section for hundreds of audio recordings by other loonies like Artaud, Duchamp, Burroughs, etc etc...
posted by protocool
on May 31, 2002 -
What a cool idea!
A poetry publisher that not only puts out an online journal, but also distributes poems via gumball machines
. As of now there's only 7 Gumball Poetry machines worldwide, mostly in the Western US, but they're ready to make more
. Next time you've got a quarter jinglin' in your jeans skip the gum and get some free verse instead.
posted by jonmc
on Apr 13, 2002 -
Really Good Haiku (in English!)
Yes, some complain about the abundance of humerous haiku on the internet and otherwise (wherever that is), but the fact remains: we all love it, perhaps because it is so easy to do, but probably because it enriches our lives, like a really well made stone wall, or Sam Cooke. I have found some haiku which were actually written in english
, about the sorts of things which we all like to laugh at. Enjoy them now!
posted by Settle
on Mar 31, 2002 -
In 1961, French writer and mathematician Raymond Queneau
published a work consisting of ten sonnets with the lines cut up so that they could be recombined in this number of ways. Magnus Bodin
's page offers all the variations (in English, French or Swedish). Queneau, who also wrote a book consisting of one small incident described in 99 different styles, was a member of the OuLiPo
group of writers, who chose to work under systematic constraints. Other members included George Perec
, who wrote a novel without using the letter E, (a lipogram
cleverly translated by Gilbert Adair
), Italo Calvino
, and Harry Matthews
. Techniques to consider
when filling that blog becomes a chore.
posted by liam
on Feb 13, 2002 -
Bad Poetry. There is a huge amount of bad poetry in the world. Although new bad poems are being written by the hundreds every day ... most bad poetry is simply weak and ineffectual and lacking in interest and (fortunately) is soon forgotten. ... To achieve memorable badness is not so easy.
posted by mattpfeff
on Jan 23, 2002 -
I've been burned with FPPosting before, but this story
has made my Friday.
Bring on the weekend!
posted by Frasermoo
on Nov 16, 2001 -
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 -
- Tree Poetry, Funny Tree Poetry. I want to hug some trees.
posted by semper
on Nov 9, 2001 -
MetaFilter in six lines.
In order to know things well, we must
know them in detail, and detail, being
infinite, makes all our knowledge superficial and
François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld
posted by y2karl
on Oct 9, 2001 -
National Poetry Day
in the UK. Always a good reminder to go and have a look at that small selection of anthologies I've got on my shelf and see how the meanings of some of my favourite works have changed now what I've got another year of experiences. What is your favourite poem?
posted by feelinglistless
on Oct 4, 2001 -
F u cn rd ths, u rnt vry kreatv. The Guardian
launches what may be the world's first text messaging poetry competition. Can you stir another's soul in 160 characters or less? Top prize is £1000. You don't have to be a UK citizen to enter. Why not post your entries here before your send them out?
posted by aaron
on Mar 29, 2001 -
has a report that excavations at Herculaneum has brought forth some 850 papyri and "Among the works, which academics hope to read using the new equipment, are the lost works of Aristotle (his 30 dialogues, referred to by other authors, but lost in antiquity), scientific works by Archimedes, mathematical treatises by Euclid, philosophical work by Epicurus, masterpieces by the Greek poets Simonides and Alcaeus, erotic poems by Philodemus, lesbian erotic poetry by Sappho, the lost sections of Virgil's Juvenilia, comedies by Terence, tragedies by Seneca and works by the Roman poets Ennius, Accius, Catullus, Gallus, Macer and Varus."
posted by stbalbach
on Feb 11, 2001 -
Positive, by Ian Stephens.
Not, perhaps, in the tradition of Day Without Art. But...
Ian Stephens was a poet, musician, and performer from my neighbourhood in Montreal who died in 1996.
posted by mikel
on Dec 1, 2000 -
the only election haikus I'd find are at FreeRepublic.com. Can anyone find more?
posted by Neb
on Nov 9, 2000 -