My Tongue Is My Choir Singing To My Heart And Soul — Robert Pinsky’s Samurai Song   Leave a comment

Overnight I posted “Celebrating Walt Whitman,” which includes a poem on Whitman by Allen Ginsberg. This morning I received a comment from Jnana Hodson — “Oh, thanks for sharing Allen’s poem! It’s one I wasn’t familiar with, though it certainly reinforces the inspiration of Whitman on the Beat. Do we dare wonder what either of them would make of Covid?”
I replied — “Interesting thought — anybody’s guess. However, Whitman dealt with a lot of death.
I love Ginsberg’s reference to García Lorca by the watermelons. Shows global respect by artists for Whitman.
“Not for a moment, Walt Whitman, lovely old man,
have I failed to see your beard full of butterflies . . .” –from Ode to Walt Whitman
Whitman’s poetry has a way of connecting the world around us. Here’s a link to Robert Pinsky reading Whitman’s “Election Day, November, 1884.” https://robertpinsky.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/four-poems-a-post-election-anthology/
— kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Whitman 2010Poetry lovers at a Walt Whitman Reading, the Corner Pub, Conroe, Texas — Image by kenne

That which eludes this verse and any verse,
Unheard by sharpest ear, unform’d in clearest eye or cunningest mind,
Nor lore nor fame, nor happiness nor wealth,
And yet the pulse of every heart and life throughout the world
incessantly,
Which you and I and all pursuing ever ever miss,
Open but still a secret, the real of the real, an illusion,
Costless, vouchsafed to each, yet never man the owner,
Which poets vainly seek to put in rhyme, historians in prose,
Which sculptor never chisel’d yet, nor painter painted,
Which vocalist never sung, nor orator nor actor ever utter’d, 10
Invoking here and now I challenge for my song.

— from “A Riddle Song” by Walt Whitman

If you are one of those who think poetry is boring and you can’t relate to…

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Posted October 18, 2020 by kenneturner in Information

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