poetry hatch

the wild: two instances of a light study

hiking among snow patches and soggy forest. cashews and raw vegetables for fuel. a good time.

I realize this has become an Instagram world. But these images are not fuzzy or filtered with technology other than me learning how to push and pull the Smart phone aperture (I remember such experiments from the darkroom days of mine).

Light does its own job. Consider these images as selfies in a James Franco world. Doesn't Mr. Franco know every image you take is a selfie--"person" present in the frame or not. Each frame is a reflection of the maker. 

red light/no vacancy. loved the light post training session as seen from the driver's seat. another, yes, good time, but sweaty smelly.

the poetry hatch

The local school has invited me as Guest Speaker/Guest Poet to teach a workshop on poetry to a blended-grade classroom of seven and eight year olds. Winnowing down the poems is a struggle. Poem Hunter is a great anthologized site of the classic and modern poets as well as lesser known lyricists. 

So far, here is my list of top poems to read out loud before we break off into the activity phase, which will be set up as stations:

Daffodils, by William Wordsworth

The Drum, by Nikki Giovanni

Harlem, by Langston Hughes

Song of the Pop-Bottlers, by Morris Bishop

Stopping by Woods on a Snowing Evening, by Robert Frost


I want to talk first about the musicality and layering of sounds to make a poem. An unlikely musician will assist us in the journey into listening to layers. Most would select classic jazz musicians. But I like those esoteric musicians, who don't always get a global audience. Here is the Oxford-based musician, Chad Valley. His song "Fast Challenges" will start off our morning of words as music, words as imagery. Poetry is isolating our senses and then layering them. It will be a fun day.