Today’s poem in celebration of the end of this year’s National Poetry Month in April is a beautiful short poem called “Rain” by the Iranian poet Ali Abdolrezaei — a fitting selection given last night’s warm thunder/hail/lightning storm in Chicago. (more…)
National Poetry Month: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” April 27, 2012
This week’s installment for National Poetry Month is the ballad “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Goethe, a man best known for his contributions to literature as well as poetry, science and philosophy. Written in 1797, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” was adapted as a symphonic poem by Paul Dukas for Walt Disney’s 1940 movie Fantasia (listen to a sample here), where the apprentice is none other than Mickey Mouse. You can watch the acclaimed, dialogue-free animation in its entirety here. Watch the clip after reading the poem to decide how true to the original text you find the adaptation. (more…)
Put a Poem in Your Pocket April 20, 2012
The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research’s second installment in celebration of National Poetry Month comes from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. This coming Thursday, April 26th is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Join the celebration by printing out your favorite poem to carry around with you and share with friends.
Y fue a esa edad… Llegó la poesía (more…)
CMWR Celebrates Poetry Across Borders and Boundaries April 13, 2012
We text, we tweet, and we Facebook, but do we lyricize?
Plato argued that “Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history,” and Robert Fitzgerald contended that “Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.” In our fast-paced, high-speed internet lives we have become expert at rapidly ingesting information and quickly forming first impressions. But how often do we pay attention? (more…)