Friday, April 17, 2015

delight and glory and oddity and light

You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words.
~Dylan Thomas

Continuing with poems about poetry, words, and books in honor of National Poetry Month.

Texas Heaven by Gino

An excerpt from One Star Fell and Another
by Conrad Aiken

...Then let us not be precious of our thought,
Nor of our words, nor hoard them up as though
We thought our minds a heaven which might change
And lose its virtue, when the word had fallen.
Let us be prodigal, as heaven is:
Lose what we lose, and give what we may give,–
Ourselves are still the same...

Read the rest here.


Plaque for Dylan Thomas at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, Swansea by John Levin

excerpt from Dylan Thomas' Notes on the Art of Poetry, with line breaks:

I read indiscriminately,
and with my eyes hanging out.
I could never have dreamt that there were
such goings-on in the world between the covers of books,
such sand-storms and ice-blasts of words,
such slashing of humbug,
and humbug too,
such staggering peace,
such enormous laughter,
such and so many blinding bright lights
breaking across the just-awaking wits
and splashing all over the pages in a million bits and pieces
all of which were words, words, words,
and each of which was alive forever
in its own delight and glory and oddity and light.


You can find the Poetry Friday round-up at Life on the Deckle Edge.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


What land is this? Yon pretty town Is Delft
with all its wares displayed:
The pride, the market-place, the crown
And centre of the Potter's trade.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Delftware (or Delft Blue) is blue and white tin-glazed pottery made in Delft, the Netherlands beginning in 1602. At its height, there were 33 Delft Blue factories open. Today, Royal Delft is the only 17th century factory still in operation. (They do still paint them by hand.)

Plate, 1727, Delft, Netherlands, tin-glazed earthenware
Exhibit in the Art Institute of Chicago

Bombardment of Dunkirk August 11, 1695 by the fleets of England and Holland
Museum of Fine Arts in Dunkirk
Cornelis Boumeester

Window display of Delftware in the market place, Delft
Kim Traynor

Bench Hommage aan Gaudi
by Chris Dagradi, Delft - Prinsenhof in the Netherlands

Eighteenth century plate, National Ceramics Museum (Sèvres, Hauts-de-Seine, France)

Tulipvase (Delft), 1700-1800
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Dish with judgment of Solomon (Delft), 1645
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Delft blue tiles, Portugal
Rory Hyde

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.
~Kobayashi Issa

Photos from a walk with Lucy:

Woodpecker's tree

Goose on a nest

Baby turtle

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tiny Musicians & Kazoos

Do anything, but let it produce joy.
~Walt Whitman

Need something a little ridiculous to lighten up this Monday morning? How about Mystery Guitar Man? This first song is actually only 45 seconds long:

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Military Child of the Year

“Cope? Adapt? Uh, no. These are military kids. They roll with it. I once asked a new student, 'See any familiar faces?' She pointed out various kids and replied, 'Seattle, Tampa, Okinawa, New Jersey.' For military dependents, school is literally a non-stop revolving door of old and new friends.”
~Tucker Elliot

Did you know that April is Month of the Military Child? I'd like to recognize the winners of this year's Military Child of the Year Award.

The Military Child of the Year Award is bestowed annually on six young Americans who have turned the challenges of frequent relocations and deployments of loved ones into a passion for excellence, service and helping others.

2015 Military Child of the Year recipients:

Cavan McIntyre-Brewer, 13, of Duncannon, Pa. representing the Army

Christopher-Raul Rodriguez, 17, of Camp Lejeune, N.C. representing the Marine Corps

Emily Kliewer, 17, of Orlando, Fla. representing the Navy

Sarah Hesterman, 16, of Doha, Qatar representing the Air Force

Caleb Parsons, 18, of Suffolk, Va. representing the Coast Guard

Zachary Parsons, 16, of Warrensburg, Mo. representing the National Guard

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bombs, Rewards, and Pictures in the Words

Poetry will die when love and pain cease to exist.
~Kellie Elmore

This April, I am sharing works about poems, words, and books for National Poetry Month. If I had been planning ahead, I would have saved my daughter's poem for April. (Plan?? What's that?)

My Poems
by Robert Currie

My poems
are slim bombs
craving explosion
Their fuses lie
dark on the page
awaiting your arrival with a light.


excerpt from Apart (Les Séparés)
by Louis Simpson and Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Do not write. I fear you. I fear to remember,
For memory holds the voice I have often heard.
To the one who cannot drink, do not show water,
The beloved one's picture in the handwritten word.
              Do not write!

Read the rest here.

(Oddly enough, the copy I have says that it was written by Louis Simpson and Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, but the site I am sending you to says it's just by Louis Simpson. Other sites that say the sole author is Marceline Desbordes-Valmore. ?)


I was reading about poet Geoffrey Chaucer recently and this bit caught my eye:

"Edward III granted Chaucer 'a gallon of wine daily for the rest of his life'...given on a day of celebration, St George's Day, 1374, when artistic endeavours were traditionally rewarded."

The part I liked about this was that there was a day when artistic endeavours were rewarded. Isn't that a great idea? I can't offer anybody a gallon of wine daily, but I would like to offer a little present to one of you creative types. Pretty much everybody who visits my blog is artistic; this offer is available to all of you. St. George's Day back in Chaucer's time was celebrated April 23rd, which also happens to be Shakespeare's birth and death day (attributed). So on April 23rd, I will draw one person's name to give a small gift to every month for the rest of 2015. It could be a book, magazine, homemade granola, a custom poem, tea, whatever strikes my fancy (although you are welcome to give me a heads-up about things you like). If you'd like to be in the running for "St. George's Reward," send your name to tabatha(at)tabathayeatts(dot)com.


Writing the World for Kids is the Poetry Friday round-up host today.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Slow Art Day & Renoir

Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness.
~Pierre-Auguste Renoir

How Slow Art Day Works
Find a venue near you and register online (it's free).

Show up on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at your venue, pay the admission fee (if there is one) and then look slowly - 5-10 minutes - at each piece of pre-assigned art.

Meet up with your volunteer host and the other participants at a pre-assigned lunch spot.


A bit of Impressionism today with Renoir:

Monet painting in his garden at Argenteuil
by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Madame Monet Reading
by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

La Grenouillere
by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Bouquet of Flowers
by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Hat Pinned
by Pierre-Auguste Renoir