9: 56 a.m. — San Antonio
listening to Over the Rainbow sung by Iz
Hello, all. I almost forgot it’s Thursday. It’s the swimming at seven fifteen in the morning sans coffee that must be throwing me off. Let’s see what we have.
1] I enjoyed the article Americans Have Never Loved Poetry More–But They Call it Rap, by John McWhorter, in an article for The Daily Beast. His thesis and conclusion are: “And every fair from fair sometimes declines,” Shakespeare once told us, but when it comes to poetry, it would appear that America’s “eternal summer shall not fade” after all.
2] The second article is a little heftier, but hefty is good for the brain. How many of you knew G.K. Chesterton was a poet? I know him from his Father Brown mysteries, which I used to read and now watch on television. Having not known about his poetic tendencies and finding the article interesting, here is G K Chesterton and His Poetry, by Robert Cortes Holliday, for Poetry Soup.
3] The final link is a twofer and may cause you to disappear for hours. I first came across the article An Inspired Archive of African Poetry, by Stacia L. Brown, written for Poets & Writers. The article is fascinating but gives no link to its central focus, the Badilidha Poetry X-change. So, I went hunting and found it. Sometime later, I emerged to continue writing this. You will find, when you visit, both an online audio archive and Pan-African poetry show delivered in radio format. Now the largest online collective of African poets on the planet, as they tell us in their introduction.
I will see you on Tuesday for our next prompt; and Thursday for more links.
Happy writing, everyone.