Monday, July 28, 2014

Dirty Monday

If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all.
~Billie Holiday

You wouldn't consider Rolling in the Deep upbeat? Try this rendition by Swedish band Dirty Loops:

Other upbeat music for Monday: Ode to Joy, choir! choir! choir!, Only One of You (Animaniacs), Zaz, V, IV.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Poor Witless Elf

The topography of literature, the fact in fiction, is one of my pleasures -- I mean, where the living road enters the pages of a book, and you are able to stroll along both the real and imagined road.
~Paul Theroux

Have you visited the Poetry Atlas? They are mapping the world in poetry. I believe you can even submit your own poems of place.

Mist Clearing On Suilven, Inverkirkaig, Scotland
photo by Andrew

I'm sharing a poem by John Keats from the Poetry Atlas today. Something written in Scottish mountain mists, where Heaven and Hell are hidden from view, and all he can know is what is under his feet:

Written on Top of Ben Nevis
by John Keats

Read me a lesson, Muse, and speak it loud
Upon the top of Nevis, blind in mist!
I look into the chasms, and a shroud
Vapurous doth hide them - just so much I wist
Mankind do know of hell; I look o'erhead,
And there is sullen mist, - even so much
Mankind can tell of heaven; mist is spread
Before the earth, beneath me, - even such,
Even so vague is man's sight of himself!
Here are the craggy stones beneath my feet, -
Thus much I know that, a poor witless elf,
I tread on them, - that all my eye doth meet
Is mist and crag, not only on this height,
But in the world of thought and mental might!


Poetry for Children has the Poetry Friday round-up today.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

An Aquatic Garden

Rapaciously we gathered flowery spoils
From land and water; lilies of each hue,—
Golden and white, that float upon the waves,
And court the wind.

photo by Prabhu B Doss

Vesiroos - Waterlily
photo by Kristjan Klementi

Nelumbo nucifera (lotus flower) and Sagittaria trifolia
by Giuseppe Castiglione
from Xian'e Changchun Album

Tropical Pond, Meise, Belgium
photo by Drriss & Marrionn

photo by Allen Hsu

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) preening in a Nelumbo nucifera (Indian Lotus) pond
photo by J.M.Garg

Yellow Water Lily and Reflection
photo by Barbara Samuel

Lotus Flower Breaking the Surface
by Yun Shouping

Keep Your Head above the Water
photo by Kasia

Monet-inspired water lily painting lesson

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cute & Weird

Okay, now here's the deal
I'll try to educate ya
Gonna familiarize
You with the nomenclature
~Weird Al

So, yesterday we got a puppy! She is sleeping on my foot at the moment.

This is the pic that convinced me to get her

My oldest wants her to cuddle with our bunny, but if that happened, the cuteness overload would probably disrupt the fabric of the universe. Fortunately for the universe, the bunny has been hiding out since the puppy arrived.

Puppies are like babies of other species, in terms of general neediness, which is why I have this feeling that my days of being able to accomplish things are over.

Maybe not, but in the meantime, the post on Handel's Water Music will have to wait. Have you seen this already? If so, forgive me and take another look at the puppy.

Team Oxford Comma

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Feathered Monsters and the Round-Up

...Your story is part of your sister's story, is part of many other stories, and there is no telling where any of them may lead.
~Erin Morgenstern

Poetry Monster stopped by today -- he didn't want to miss the round-up. He is crazy about Emily Dickinson, as you can see.

by Tabatha and Elena

Please leave your links in the comments and I will round them up!

* Mary Lee is first up with War Some of the Time by Charles Bukowski.
* Buffy is visiting Today's Litty Ditty with a post about writing nonfiction poetry.
* Myra's Poetry Friday offering is Anna Grossnickle's Poems and Quilts about Peace.
* Author and poet Debbie Levy answers five questions about the genesis of her picture book WE SHALL OVERCOME at AuthorAmok.
* At Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme, Matt shares In The Glen, an original.
* Robyn has a tribute to a great white shark (and some lively notecards) at Life on the Deckle Edge.
* At TeacherDance, Linda B. brings us a short review of a recent find at an antique store, a children's poetry book by John Ciardi.
* Linda K. has an original poem about the excitement of reading at Write Time.
* At Random Noodling, Diane shares another Sketchbook Project poem titled Father O'Brien.
* Kurious Kitty has a poem by Michael Hettich.
* KK's Kwotes' quote is by Hettich, too.
* At Poetry for Children, Sylvia posts an excerpt of her essay on the history of children's poetry which opens a new edition of a guide to the Newbery & Caldecott Awards.
* Donna at Mainely Write offers an original poem, Expect the Unexpected, today, and a thank you to Buffy Silverman and Mary Lee Hahn for their beautiful Summer Swap poems.
* Laura Purdie Salas is in with one of her poems from the Poetry Friday Anthology for Science: Go Fly a Kite.
* Mrs. Bennett shares An Irish Airman Foresees His Death by W. B. Yeats.
* Liz invites us to read and listen to Cynthia Hopkin's song Surrounded by Friendship.
* At Booktalking, Anastasia offers a poem by Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis for Nelson Mandela International Day.
* A visit to the poultry barn at the Warren County Fair inspires a poem for Holly Mueller.
* At Keri Recommends, Keri presents a bouquet of roses for her Poetry Friday friends.
* Super Moon gazing on July 12th led Carol to follow-up work on how people around the globe viewed the event. She created Reflecting on the Super Moon Phenomenon, a found poem from words lifted from news articles and quotes about the Super Moon night sky event.
* Don't miss There are two things from Finding Ruby Starling by Karen Rivers at Bildungsroman.
* Tricia is sharing Sitting in the Sand by Karla Kuskin.
* At All about the Books with Janet Squires, the selection is Count Me a Rhyme: Animal Poems by the Numbers by Jane Yolen with photographs by Jason Stemple.
* Jone, who has a good reason for being distracted, has turned her state of mind into a poem.
* Monica gives us a book spine haiku for summer.
* Joy shares an original children's poem and a poetry challenge.
* At Teach Mentor Texts, Jen has the lyrics to On Top Of The World by Imagine Dragons.
* Lorie Ann has a charming original haiku at On Point.

Books About Town

A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.
~George R.R. Martin

This Art Thursday we have some shots of Books About Town literary benches in London taken by Martin Pettitt. There are fifty benches, all decorated by different artists. You might want to check out this list. I also love the ones for Samuel Pepys' Diary, The Canterbury Tales, The Time Machine, War Horse, oh, I don't know when to stop...

A Brief History Of Time
photo by Martin Pettitt

Dr Seuss
photo by Martin Pettitt

Mary Poppins
photo by Martin Pettitt

Around The World In Eighty Days (back)
photo by Martin Pettitt

How To Train Your Dragon
photo by Martin Pettitt

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
photo by Martin Pettitt

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker
photo by Martin Pettitt

Wind In The Willows (back)
photo by Martin Pettitt

That's Not My Meerkat (back)
photo by Martin Pettitt

Monday, July 14, 2014


How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?
~Desmond Tutu

Did you see the World Cup final yesterday? Fine defending by both teams, although I think Germany well deserved the championship title. In honor of their win, we have some outstanding German musicians today. (Try not to notice that the composer is French...)

Romantic Horn Concertos CD