Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Color of Poetry

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We are midway through National Poetry Month and can't lose momentum with our poetry crusades now. Whether you are writing a poem a day, participating in poetry readings, festivals, slam poetry, poetry discussions or book signings, the revival of poetry must remain a thriving and strong cultural presence throughout our literary channels.

Just as poets come in every shape, size, color, gender and economic level, poetry takes on the same exciting and profound characteristics. Poetry is the art of learning, creating and developing. Different poetic expressions add a special flavor to your poetry compositions. By diversifying the way you apply various poetic applications to your compositions, you open your mind to a new world of poetry colorizations!

Happy National Poetry Month!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Celebrating poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks during National Poetry Month

A Song in the Front Yard
by Gwendolyn Brooks

I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows.   
A girl gets sick of a rose.

I want to go in the back yard now   
And maybe down the alley,
To where the charity children play.   
I want a good time today.

They do some wonderful things.
They have some wonderful fun.
My mother sneers, but I say it’s fine
How they don’t have to go in at quarter to nine.   
My mother, she tells me that Johnnie Mae   
Will grow up to be a bad woman.
That George’ll be taken to Jail soon or late
(On account of last winter he sold our back gate).

But I say it’s fine. Honest, I do.
And I’d like to be a bad woman, too,
And wear the brave stockings of night-black lace   
And strut down the streets with paint on my face.

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000), an African-American poet, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950 and was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968.According to Wikipedia, "Brooks published her first poem in a children's life box at the age of thirteen. By the time she was sixteen, she had compiled a portfolio of around 75 published poems. At seventeen, she started submitting her work to "Lights and Shadows", the poetry column of the Chicago Defender, an African-American newspaper. Her poems, many published while she attended Wilson Junior College, ranged in style from traditional ballads and sonnets to poems using blues rhythms in free verse. Her characters were often drawn from the poor of the inner city." "A Song in the Front Yard" is from selected poems copy written in 1963. In 1985 Brooks was the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

National Poetry Month at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center

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Kym Gordon Moore welcomes poetry enthusiasts
to the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center

On Saturday April 5, 2014, poets and poetry lovers came out to celebrate National Poetry Month at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center. The night was filled with excitement and readings that came from poets ages 7 to 82. Participants read poems by their favorite poets, even if it was by a favorite poet in their immediate family. What an unbelievable night of education and fun for everyone who attended the “My Favorite Poet-in-Motion” event. 

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Susan Didier, Kym Gordon Moore and Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez
during the Mayoral Proclamation presentation and the gift of the official
2014 National Poetry Month poster.

North Carolina poet, Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” moderated the evening’s event. The kickoff started with a reading of the Mayoral Proclamation by Mayor Michael Alvarez representing the Town of Indian Trail. Mayor Alvarez presented his official Mayoral Proclamation recognizing National Poetry Month to Kym Gordon Moore and to Susan Didier on behalf of the Cultural Arts Center. Didier is the Indian Trail Community Development Specialist, and she welcomed all guests, introduced the mayor to the audience and coordinated the multi-media elements featured during the night’s festivities.

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Conversations were taking place with all of the attendees
filled with fellowship and fun!
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Erin Penland, Multi-media artist and artist Mark Hassler (in the background) 
painted images inspired by the poetry read throughout the eventing and the people who read them.

Open mic participants included poetry readings from Patrick Chang, Dwight Roth, Town Councilman Gordon Daniels, Kaavya Washington, Molly Roth, Dr. Roger Fish, Chip Long, Ruth Roth, Dr. James Wooten, Aaron Moss, Multi-media artist Erin Penland and Kym Gordon Moore.

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7 year old Kaavya Washington (whose name means poetry)
read some poems she wrote
A “Poet Tree” was on display near the entrance, presenting the incorporation of artistic poetry-related elements, which fascinated all who entered the building. Susan Didier, Erin Penland and Peter Didier were the creatives behind embellishing the “Poet Tree” on the lawn of the Cultural Arts Center.  A smaller “poet tree” doting new spring sprouts was on display inside the foyer and dubbed “A Budding Writer.” This small replica housed scrolls of poetry by famous authors like Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman and Gwendolyn Brooks just to name a few. If attendees wanted to read a poem, but didn’t bring one with them, they were given the opportunity to take a scroll from the tree to share with the audience.

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Tokens, designed by Susan Didier, Indian Trail Community Development Specialist were available with sunflower seeds for everyone to take and plant in their gardens. It contained the poem "Ah! Sun-Flower" by William Blake.
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10 year old Molly Roth memorized and recited 
"Written in March" by William Wordsworth
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Patrick Chang read poetry from a collection of poems
about his beloved home in Jamaica
Door prizes were given away and refreshments served. Sharward Moore with Moore Marketing Photography from Charlotte, North Carolina photographed and recorded activities that occurred throughout the evening. Artists Erin Penland and Mark Hassler painted their interpretations of the poetry being read, combined with the atmosphere that the evening conveyed. 

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Conversations continued througout the event
about the inspiration and art of poetry

Indeed, this year's kickoff to National Poetry Month was more than fascinating. There is a true poetry revival going on in this community and to have our children get involved was such a blissful feeling! With 10 youngsters who came with their parents to this event and even moreso to the ones who recited poetry, we are witnessing a new generation of poetry expressionists!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

T. S. Eliot quotes about the poet

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Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (September 26, 1888 – January 4, 1965) was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "one of the twentieth century's major poets."

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Japanese Matcha Tea complements your favorite Japanese poem

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Image Credit: The Republic of Tea

Having the appearance of the latest juicing craze, The Republic of Tea is offering Matcha Tea. While Matcha tea is not a new beverage that is piggy backing off of "juicing," it has been around for centuries.

Matcha tea powder is ground from fine Japanese green tea leaves. It is the star of the centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony, and its pleasant taste and health benefits make it a favorite of many tea-lovers today. Organic matcha powder is whisked in a bowl with hot water to create a frothy, bright green, nourishing beverage. Once prepared, it is then immediately consumed in its entirety. It’s important to know where to buy the best quality matcha powder and tea bags. We take great pride in offering only top-quality matcha tea powder for your drinking pleasure.

While you're enjoying your Matcha Tea, indulge in some Japanese style poetry such as Tanka, Renga or Haiku. Pair your favorite Japanese poem with this Japanese Tea.

Learn more about Matcha Tea from The Republic of Tea http://www.republicoftea.com/matcha-tea/c/MATCHA/

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Blue-Butterfly Day ~ A Poem by Robert Lee Frost

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. 
~ Robert Frost

Blue-Butterfly Day
By Robert Lee Frost

It is blue-butterfly day here in spring,
And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry
There is more unmixed color on the wing
Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry.

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.