Sunday evening chat – Poetry

Here are a few gems gleaned from YouTube.


e.e. cummings – i carry your heart with me


Pablo Neruda – If You Forget Me


Francis Thompson – The Hound of Heaven


Wilfred Owen – Strange Meeting


Ted Kooser – Pearl


Billy Collins – Litany


The world began with words. It will end when words no longer have power. Chat on.

99 Responses to “Sunday evening chat – Poetry”

  1. 4 Nerdy Wonka
    May 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

  2. 13 Dudette
    May 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Excellent idea LL! Great selections too.

  3. 15 MightyPamela
    May 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Not furst

  4. 17 Dudette
    May 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Nerdy love! 😀

  5. 19 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    That’s what happens when people’s heads get too big for their own good…

  6. 20 Dudette
    May 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Love me some Rita Dove and love this poem about a library. Oh yeh, the guy who does the intro is pretty cool too. 😀

  7. 21 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Apparently there is some creepy stuff going on on TV right now. I’m not tuned in but Twitter has exploded…

    • 22 Dudette
      May 18, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Yeh, I forgot Billboard Music Awards was on tonight. It’s about halfway over. There was some controversy about use of Michael Jackson’s image in a hologram. Some technology companies tried to sue to keep it from happening, claiming patent violation. Judge didn’t buy it.

  8. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    May 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    LL – Can’t wait for some quiet time to hear these! Have you written any lately?

    • May 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      No, I have been very derelict in my writing. I must get back to it. The novel’s revisions won’t get done on their own.

      • 27 jacquelineoboomer
        May 18, 2014 at 9:42 pm

        Yes, please.

        Can’t play the readings right now, but just looked up “If You Forget Me.” Oh, my.

        • May 18, 2014 at 9:44 pm

          I gave my mom an edition in Spanish of Neruda’s collected poetry for Christmas. She said, “But he’s a communist”. Yes, he was. And Ezra Pound was a fascist. And beautiful poetry came from both.

  9. May 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm

  10. 35 carolyn
    May 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks LL for the poetry, and double thanks for Richard Burton. His reading is, to me, beyond magnificent.

    About 35 or 40 years ago, I watched Today one morning. Richard Burton was the guest. After chatting with the host (I forget who) the host asked him if he would read. He told Burton he had heard it said that he could read the phone book and wring emotion out of the listener. So…..he said would you read a page of the NYC phonebook that I choose? Burton smiled and nodded…..the host gave him the big old phone book, and Richard started reading. Yes…..he made us all laugh, cry, hold our breath…..by the power of his voice. In that case, the words didn’t even matter, just the voice. I’ve not forgotten that. When he finished the host shook his head, and wiped the tears, and had no words.

    Even tonight as I listened to Burton, I didn’t get al the words, but the voice and its power washed over me.

    • May 18, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      My first Burton film was “Beckett”. I had never seen him before, and was immediately enthralled.

      • 37 Dudette
        May 18, 2014 at 10:04 pm

        Exactly! Me too! He had charisma that just oozed through the screen! Some people just HAVE IT — he had his share and the shares of a couple of other people to boot!

        • 38 Lynn
          May 19, 2014 at 6:19 am

          The voices of James Mason, Richard Chamberlain, Greer Garson strike me the same way, Dudette.

    • 39 Dudette
      May 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Great story. They’re right of course. Burton was an amazing talent. He moved this young school girl to heights of emotion with everything he did — at least, everything that I was allowed to see at that age. 🙂

  11. 40 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm

  12. May 18, 2014 at 9:42 pm

  13. 43 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    🙂 Of course that didn’t take long…

  14. May 18, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    So, wait, there was an actual MJ hologram at the BBMA? That is… FUCKING AWESOME!!! Not necessarily because of MJ, but just the general principle of it. God, I hope our civilization doesn’t collapse; we have a lot of good stuff in the pipeline.

    • 53 jacquelineoboomer
      May 19, 2014 at 12:28 am

      Who would have thought that a well-phrased line such as “God, I hope our civilization doesn’t collapse; we have a lot of good stuff in the pipeline,” would lead many of the rest of us to nod our heads in agreement. The only positive thought I can muster at this time of night is that the ancients must have used a similar phrase in their own pleas!

  15. May 18, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I’m just looking at pictures of Hologram MJ on Twitter. Again, as a geek, it looks effing awesome.

  16. 55 hopefruit2
    May 18, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Shhhh…Don’t tell Mark Knoller about this….

  17. 61 vcprezofan2
    May 18, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I like this presentation of ‘I Rise’

  18. 65 Dudette
    May 18, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    MJ Hologram from the Billboard Music Award — “new” was recorded before he passed away, but is newly released

    I’m with anniebella. Kinda hard to know how to feel about this. Loved Mike, but this feels weird, bordering on creepy.
    I guess his family. okay with it, since they had to give permission. Right?

    • 66 Dudette
      May 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      I like the song and the hologram is beautifully done.

      • 67 desertflower
        May 18, 2014 at 10:06 pm

        I found myself getting a little teary…just came over me. Pretty amazing performance.

        • 68 Dudette
          May 18, 2014 at 10:12 pm

          Yeh, me. Sad. Feeling his loss all over again. Really mixed feelings. He left this art, it should be shared and appreciated. What a talent!
          Ugh! Waterworks again.

    • 70 anniebella
      May 18, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      I don’t think his family had to give permission, it’s all in the control of the people who are in control of MJ estate. But I can imagine MJ’s mother seeing this. I remember her saying in a interview that she thinks of Michael every day, you can sense that his death was still hard on her.

  19. 78 4morefor44
    May 18, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    what’s with the rick perry fluffing going on in the national “news” again? the other day i noticed zeke miller, the 24-ish year old political writer for time magazine, practically salivating over gov goodhair over several tweets. no real reason…just doing it. word must’ve gone out that he’s running again or at least wants to try for a vice pres pick. disgusting how much “the news” props up such failures as people, and at the same time tears down someone as successful as president obama.

  20. May 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Good evening, TODville!

    Been super busy on personal, haven’t had a chance to even lurk much.

    But I did see “even AMK’s” gorgeous, smart and determined daughter on an earlier thread. Such a fierce intelligent beauty that AMK is rightfully so proud of. Glad that her train ride home was uneventful.

    Hoping my schedule calms down before our President’s European trip. (Can’t wait! Should be moving and tense, with glorious welcomes from the wonderful Europeans who were our allies during WWII.)

    Glad to see Carolyn here. Here’s an Oklahoma native who is doing unsung work for the Obama Administration — right up LP’s alley, now that finals are over.

    From the article:

    “As the U.S. Interior’s assistant secretary for Indian affairs, he oversees a $2.5 billion budget and about 8,000 employees. Washburn also has the ear of President Barack Obama on issues ranging from tribal self-governance to Native American land disputes and Indian gaming.

    In a wide-ranging Journal interview at the Interior Department, Washburn discussed his Indian heritage, the important role New Mexico played in shaping his life and the pressing issues affecting Indian Country.

    He acknowledged that the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which manages nearly 57 million acres of Indian trust land, has long been a point of derision among Native Americans. But he said the anger is not all deserved and that he’s working to give the tribes more power.”

    There’s more information on this and Indian casinos too:

    “One of Washburn’s most pressing tasks at Interior is administering the Cobell Indian trust land lawsuit settlement, which provides almost $2 billion to repurchase land distributed under the Dawes Act and return it to tribal ownership. Washburn called it a “great settlement.”

    ‘It’s been subject to criticism because there are 150 tribes that could potentially benefit from this, and they all want us to visit them first,” Washburn said. ‘It’s an enormous undertaking. We’ve already gotten 87,000 acres of land into trust … and we’ve been running the program and making offers for seven months. Congress gave us 10 years to do this, and basically everybody would like us to get it done in one year. We could do that, but we would spend a lot more of the money hiring people and a lot less buying property. We’re trying to work through all of the kinks of a $1.9 billion program so it can run successfully for 10 years to be effective.’”

  21. 80 99ts
    May 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    A little light Australiana – the outback poets

    Clancy of the Overflow

    The Bush Christening

    • 81 vcprezofan2
      May 18, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      TY for the ‘learning’, TS. I wish they had included the words as I listened. I’m left wondering if drover Clancy died or if he just moved on.

  22. 83 yardarm756
    May 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Words of wisdom, I think.

  23. 89 vcprezofan2
    May 18, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Our favourite poem, though I’m not sure I like the reader’s particular and somewhat monotonous emphasis on the ‘key’ word.

    • 90 Dudette
      May 18, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Ha ha! I posted it up above. 🙂

      • 91 vcprezofan2
        May 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm

        That’s what happens when I wander all around, refresh on my return, but do not go back and read first. Should have remembered not to do that with DJ Dudette in the house. 🙂

      • 92 vcprezofan2
        May 18, 2014 at 11:04 pm

        😳 Just realized that I posted the wrong video (I had copied this link to add to my poetry page). Here’s the video (I hope) I meant to go with my comment above about ‘our favourite poem’.

  24. May 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  25. May 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    A very belated but monster HUGE thanks LL!!!

  26. 99 Dudette
    May 18, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Just gotta say I love Justin Timberlake.

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