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American poet (1830-1886)

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Pleasure B4 Bidness
Best of the Worst- Season 1, Volume 2

Pleasure B4 Bidness

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 17:50


Relive the Halloween Episode by taking a trip through the Spooky Forest for Spooky PB4 temple. In this segment Scottay Tecate and Ricky G reads poems from Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe. Then it starts getting really wild! Peace Love and PB4!

Human Voices Wake Us
Anthology: Is Poetry Important?, & Poems by Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare, Virgil, R. S. Thomas

Human Voices Wake Us

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 28:50


Rather than just reading a few poems here like usual, I take a few minutes to talk about a tweet that made waves in the “poetry community” on Twitter a few months ago. The tweet said, among other things, that “the general population has no interest in what we do,” and that a belief that poetry could be “powerful” is an illusory one. I don't name the poet who wrote the tweet, or link to it here, because I don't think it was meant to become so popular, and therefore mistaken as a “public pronouncement.” Nevertheless, a version of this comment or complaint about poetry is repeated everyday somewhere, and it was worth responding to before reading the following poems: “Affinity,” by R. S. Thomas #1142, by Emily Dickinson Sonnet #27, by William Shakespeare from The Aeneid, Book 6, by Virgil (translated by Allen Mandelbaum) Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/humanvoiceswakeus/support

The Rutabaga
Who Is Obama's Husband? - The Rutabaga Season 3 Episode 25

The Rutabaga

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 35:06


The Rutabaga head towards the New Year with tons of content, spreading from anecdotes of Christmas to the 12th Amendment and the poems of Emily Dickinson. Students at Mercer Island will also appreciate mentions of the Flag Dudes and our thoughts on them.

Edicts on E. Dicks- A podcast about the Apple TV+ show
This is Our Queer Letter to the World- From Separate Timezones Three (feat. Graham Kolbeins)

Edicts on E. Dicks- A podcast about the Apple TV+ show

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 87:26


Special Guest Star Graham Kolbeins joins us to discuss Season 3 Episode 4 of Dickinson, "This is my letter to the world," written by Ken Greller & R. Eric Thomas and directed by Rachael Holder. Well, Dickinson finally did it. One of us cracks and cries at the thought of Emily Dickinson coming out to herself and celebrating her love for Sue Gilbert, and how she continues to walk towards a horizon, knowing she will never get there- just like the rest of us queers. The other of us meanwhile retains a stiff upper lip (he is British after all). Break out your Foreshadowing Dresses and get ready. Other questions include: is Higginson an opportunist out of his depth? Is Walt Whitman too much (absolutely not)? Are we all the heirs to the queer legacy, walking towards our own horizons, knowing we will never get there?

Open Windows Podcast
Jonas Zdanys Open Windows Poems and Translations

Open Windows Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 22:52


Today's program continues my consideration of the end of the calendar year and is the second of several programs that focus on poets born in December. I read poets who were born in the second week of December, during various decades and in various countries: Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Padraic Colum, Delmore Schwartz, Emily Dickinson, Nelly Sachs, and Grace Paley.

Frommer's Day by Day Audio Walking Tours
Props and Costumes from TV’s “Dickinson” Join Collection at Emily Dickinson Museum

Frommer's Day by Day Audio Walking Tours

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021


Props and costumes from the TV show "Dickinson" will go on display at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. | Frommer's

The Roundtable
Toward Eternity: An interview with "Dickinson" Creator Alena Smith

The Roundtable

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 29:05


On December 24, the series finale of the AppleTV+ series, "Dickinson" will be available to stream on the subscription platform. "Dickinson" stars Hailee Steinfeld in the eponymous role of the great American poet, Emily Dickinson. Set just before and during the American Civil War, we watch Emily Dickinson and her family and neighbors in Amherst, Massachusetts experience love, loss, obligation and creativity and debate the usefulness of tradition, the abolition of slavery, gender equality, and the value of fame.

Parlando - Where Music and Words Meet
I died for Beauty — but was scarce

Parlando - Where Music and Words Meet

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 1:58


This short and gothic Emily Dickinson poem is full of surprising details. For more about that and other combinations of various words and original music visit frankhudson.org

Duhovna misel
Daniel Brkič: Svoboda je najlepši, a najtežji dar

Duhovna misel

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 6:25


Spoštovani, družinska prijateljica mi je za letošnji rojstni dan podarila Pesmi in pisma ene največjih ameriških pesnic, Emily Dickinson (1830–1886), ki je napisala približno 1800 pesmi, a jih je bilo v času njenega življenja objavljenih le sedem, pa še te ne z njenim pravim imenom. Ves čas je doživljala krizo vere, čeprav je bila vzgojena v krščanski veri. Boga je nagovarjala kot sebi enakega, kar je bilo takrat nezaslišano. Zaradi privzgojenih okostenelih puritanskih predstav o Bogu je našla svojo pot do Boga, daleč od ver in cerkva. Veliko je trpela, doživela izdajstva, težko zbolela in se umaknila, ker je vedela, da je ne bodo razumeli. Spoznala je, da se ne izplača zasajati človeških src z rožami, če jih niso pripravljeni zalivati z vodo. Zaprla se je v svoj svet, da bi obvarovala svojo svobodo. Sama se ni počutila v zaporu, kajti edini zapor, ki lahko zveže dušo, je "jaz", ego. (Henry Van Dyke) Edinemu, s katerim se je dopisovala, je napisala: "Vprašajte, kdo so moji tovariši. Hribi, gospod, in sončni zahod, pa pes, velik kot jaz sama, ki mi ga je kupil oče. Boljši so od bitij, ker vedó, a te ne izdajo." V brezčasno pesnico je dozorela zaradi silnega trpljenja, ki jo je naučilo razlikovati med pametnim in modrim človekom. Ali je pameten, ugotovimo po njegovih odgovorih, ali je moder, pa po njegovih vprašanjih. Resnična modrost ne prihaja iz razuma, ampak iz srca. Sprašujem se, kaj pa, če v Božji sijoči obraz ni hotela zreti zato, ker je bil zanjo tako neskončno lep, da bi jo njegova lepota oslepila, ne pa, ker vanj ni verjela. Ali pa, ker na njegovem obrazu ni mogla gledati žalosti in ostati živa, ker je v njegovi žalosti prepoznala lepoto Božje ljubezni, ki trpi skupaj z našim trpljenjem. Zanjo je bila svoboda najlepši, čeprav najtežji dar, ki nam ga je podaril Bog. Z njo je povezano tudi zlo, pa ne, ker bi Bogu ušlo iz steklenice. Skrite pasti svobode lahko osvetli vojaški primer iz časov stare Perzije, ko so ujetega dezerterja obsodili na smrt. Poveljnik mu je dal možnost izbire med strelskim vodom ali velikimi črnimi vrati. Odločitev je bila težka, a pobegli vojak se je raje odločil za smrt pred strelskim vodom in se odločil oditi v neznano po znani poti. Preden so obsodbo izvršili, je vseeno poveljnika vprašal: "Oprostite, radoveden sem, kaj je na drugi strani velikih črnih vrat?" Poveljnik mu je odgovoril: "Svoboda! Ampak poznam le nekaj dovolj pogumnih, da jo sprejmejo." A takrat je bilo zanj že prepozno. Pesnica Emily Dickinson jo je sprejela za črnimi vrati, sicer ne bi preživela.

Pido la palabra... ¡Leemos juntos!
Emily Dickinson, "84"

Pido la palabra... ¡Leemos juntos!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 0:55


Sebastián tiene diez años, vive en Loreto, Iquitos y nos comparte su poema favorito.

The Talking Book Podcast
Salad Days w/ Laura Theobald

The Talking Book Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 16:09


A portrait of the artist at the brink of self-actualization, Salad Days is a vulnerable and evocative study of identity. Go get Laura Theobald's book right now. https://shop.maudlinhouse.net/#salad-days “Something about Salad Days reminds me of Emily Dickinson—if Emily were hornier and funnier. The poems have the kind of specificity that allows them to feel universal, like some beautiful, demented collective dream. Laura Theobald really is one of the best poets we have.” – Juliet Escoria, author of Juliet the Maniac and Black Cloud “I don't usually like poetry. 98% of poetry is overwrought and academic and boring. But Laura Theobald is mad (like Sylvia Plath mad, not the other kind) which makes her poetry different, in the way a mad woman's voice is always a little different. In a way I like. In a way that intrigues me. Listen to her.” – Elizabeth Ellen, author of Person/a and Her Lesser Work

Mash-Up
Mash-Up di sab 11/12/21

Mash-Up

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 59:51


Regali di Natale - Giorgio Poi, Umberto Saba, Flashdance, Rosalia, The Weekend, Aqaba, Elio Vittorini, Os Mutantes, Dargen D' Amico, Alda Merini Immanuel Casto, Emily Dickinson

This Day in History Class
Emily Dickinson is born - December 10th, 1830

This Day in History Class

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 13:14


On this day in 1830, American poet Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

The Writer's Almanac
The Writer's Almanac for Friday, December 10, 2021

The Writer's Almanac

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 5:00


“Hope is the thing with feathers/That perches in the soul/And sings the tune without the words/And never stops at all.” ― Emily Dickinson, born on this day in 1830.

History & Factoids about today
Dec 10th-Lager, The White Stripes, Michael Clark Duncan, Hoss, Emily Dickinson, 1st Nobel Prizes

History & Factoids about today

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 10:48


lager, pop culture 2019, michael clark duncan, emily dickinson, 1st nobel prizes, mississippi, nia peeples, bobby flay, dorthy lamour, dan blocker, johnny rodriguez, suan dey, meg white, raven-seymone, milissa roxburgh

Báseň na každý den
Emily Dickinson - Vyzkoušeli náš horizont... + Život, jejž máme... + Nit nespasí tě... + Věci, které se nevrátí... + Láska je vše...

Báseň na každý den

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 4:05


10. prosince 1830 se narodila americká básnířka Emily Dickinson. Vyšlo ve výboru Duše má být vždy dokořán, vydalo nakladatelství Garamond v roce 2017. Přeložila Eva Klimentová. Podcast "Báseň na každý den" poslouchejte na Anchor, Spotify, Apple, Google, YouRadio, České Podcasty nebo Audiolibrix. Domovská stránka podcastu je na https://www.poetickyklub.cz. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/basennakazdyden/message

Turn the Page Podcast
Turn The Page – Episode 171a

Turn the Page Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 32:33


Episode one seventy one - part one Amy Belding Brown sat down with Evelyn and Jessikah to discuss EMILY'S HOUSE a historical novel written from the POV of Margaret Maher, Emily Dickinson's maid who is the reason Emily is a household name.

Open Book Unbound
December 2021: To Table

Open Book Unbound

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 32:19


On this episode we read Heather Parry's short story ‘To Table' and the poems ‘Who goes to dine must take his Feast' by Emily Dickinson and ‘Revelry' by Open Book Creative Writing Group.

La Maison de la Poésie
« LETTRES D'UNE SOLITAIRE AVENTUREUSE » D'EMILY DICKINSON PAR LOU DOILLON

La Maison de la Poésie

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 74:43


Dans le cadre du festival Paris en toutes lettres Totalement méconnue de son vivant, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) a tout pour attiser la curiosité. Recluse dans la maison familiale dès ses trente ans, en rébellion contre son père, la religion et le puritanisme sous toutes ses formes, elle regarde le monde et le juge depuis sa fenêtre. Elle écrit plus de 1 800 poèmes dont très peu seront publiés avant sa mort. La force de sa pensée, la hardiesse de son écriture lui donnent le pouvoir d'exprimer le grand tumulte intérieur qui l'anime, l'exalte même. Lou Doillon, dessinatrice, comédienne et chanteuse, capable de circuler entre les langues, possède une forte personnalité musicale et littéraire. À l'instar de la poétesse, elle est une femme affranchie qui poursuit sa quête de liberté. Il y a fort à parier que la spontanéité et l'intensité de l'une feront admirablement résonner la langue explosive et novatrice de l'autre. En lecture et parfois en musique. Lecture créée aux Correspondances de Manosque 2021. Montage du texte : Sylvie Ballul À lire – Emily Dickinson, Un volcan silencieux, la vie. Lettres d'une solitaire aventureuse, trad. de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Margaux Brider, coll. « Les Plis », éd. L'orma, 2020 – Poésies complètes, Flammarion, 2009.

Open Windows Podcast
Jonas Zdanys Open W8ndows Poems and Translations

Open Windows Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 18:53


Today's program considers the end of the calendar year and some of its significances.  Today, December 1, is the first day of winter in the meteorological calendar. This is the month of the winter solstice; it's the time of Advent and Christmas in the Christian calendar, Hannukah in the Jewish calendar, and Yule for pagans.  It's the time when daylight is short and the end of the calendar year, we believe, promises the return of light. So today I'd like to read some poems that consider the idea of light returning to the world. The coming of light, of course, means that there is also darkness that must be conquered or dispelled. That tension between darkness and light is what gives the return of light its ultimate power.  I read poems by Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Wendell Berry, and Latvian poet Inara Cedrins. I end with one of my own poems that considers the tension between light and dark as well.  

Kulturnytt i P1
Alla partier utom ett vill se mer privata pengar till kulturen

Kulturnytt i P1

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 12:12


Dominique Fortiers prisbelönta roman "Pappershem" recenseras, samisk filmdatabas snart färdigställd och Gyllene Tiders historia blir film. KulturpolitikAlla riksdagspartier utom Vänsterpartiet vill att staten ska agera för att få in mer privata pengar i kulturlivet. Socialdemokraternas Lawen Redar kommenterar.Recension av "Pappershem"Dominique Fortiers prisbelönta roman "Pappershem" om 1800-talspoeten Emily Dickinson recenseras av Lina Kalmteg.Forskning om publik i panikGår det att förutse hur panik kan uppstå i publiken på exempelvis en konsert? Det undersöker forskaren Arianna Bottinelli, för att kunna förhindra tragedier likt den som skedde under rapparen Travis Scotts spelning på festivalen Astroworld i början av november, då tio människor dog i publikhavet.Samisk filmdatabas snart färdigställdIgår gick Umeå Europeiska filmfestival i mål med ett samiskt filmsymposium, där presenterades en samisk filmsamling som snart är färdigställd. Nästan 500 filmer har plockats fram ur Kungliga bibliotekets mediearkiv, berättar Ragnhild Nilsson, forskare på Mittuniversitetet, som jobbat med samlingen.Gyllene Tiders historia blir filmFilmen beskrivs som en varm feelgood-historia om vänskap och om att bli vuxen i rampljusets sken. Filmen är gjord tillsammans med Gyllene Tiders medlemmar och för manus står Pernilla Oljelund, tidigare "Fröken Frimans Krig" och "Wallander". Per Gessle säger att det ska bli "oerhört spännande".

Pónganse a Leer • Culturizando
E29 • Las poetas venezolanas, un tesoro por descubrir • Culturizando

Pónganse a Leer • Culturizando

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 39:50


La poeta estadounidense Emily Dickinson dijo “Si tengo la sensación física de que me levantan la tapa de los sesos, sé que eso es poesía”… Emily tenía toda la razón, la poesía tiene una potencia inmensa capaz de producir en el lector todo tipo de sensaciones. Hoy en Pónganse a Leer, Pedro Julio nos hablará de la poesía venezolana a través de las voces de esas mujeres creativas, luminosas, fantásticas que han enriquecido las letras de este país con sus versos.Leer más:https://culturizando.com/las-poetas-venezolanas-un-tesoro-por-descubrir/• CULTURIZANDO.COM/PODCAST • Podcast de Literatura • Podcast en Español •Conéctate con Culturizando:Visita: https://culturizando.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/CulturizandoInstagram: https://instagram.com/CulturizandoFacebook: https://facebook.com/CulturizandoYoutube: https://youtube.com/Culturizando

Edicts on E. Dicks- A podcast about the Apple TV+ show
It feels a shame to be alive under neoliberalism

Edicts on E. Dicks- A podcast about the Apple TV+ show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 62:46


Hello fellow Dickheads! Join Ben and Kyle for a discussion about shame versus guilt, what it means to be alive during times of immense upheaval and whether Emily Dickinson would make a good sitcom husband. We also discuss using the time and abilities we have available to us by way of both Emily and John Milton. And finally, Kyle delivers on his promise of a Pandora-themed limerick- so stay tuned until the very end. It feels a shame to be Alive — When Men so brave — are dead — One envies the Distinguished Dust — Permitted — such a Head — The Stone — that tells defending Whom This Spartan put away What little of Him we — possessed In Pawn for Liberty — The price is great — Sublimely paid — Do we deserve — a Thing — That lives — like Dollars — must be piled Before we may obtain? Are we that wait — sufficient worth — That such Enormous Pearl As life — dissolved be — for Us — In Battle's — horrid Bowl? It may be — a Renown to live — I think the Men who die — Those unsustained — Saviors — Present Divinity — John Milton's Sonnet 19 When I consider how my light is spent, Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one Talent which is death to hide Lodged with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest he returning chide; “Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?” I fondly ask. But patience, to prevent That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need Either man's work or his own gifts; who best Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed And post o'er Land and Ocean without rest: They also serve who only stand and wait.” There was a Greek lass named Pandora Who ripped the lid off her amphora. All hell tumbled out, The world had a huge rout, But we still hold on to hope for 'er.

Baffling Combustions
61. Proverbs of Hell IX ("I contain multitudes")

Baffling Combustions

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 62:32


In this session we swerve from the text of William Blake's PROVERBS OF HELL to what news we may find of its shape in Bob Dylan's "I Contain Multitudes," the title and refrain of which is lifted from a line in Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself." We touch on these two guys, as well as Anne Frank, Emily Dickinson, Mr. Poe and Dr. Indiana Jones, as we seek to fathom as always the heart of the heart of the eternal dilemma.

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed
The Learning Curve: Author Nicholas Basbanes on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow & the Spirit of American Poetry (#64)

The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 56:39


This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-hosts Gerard Robinson and Cara Candal talk with Nicholas Basbanes, author of the 2020 literary biography, Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He shares why poetry – from the Epic of Gilgamesh and Homer to Dante, Shakespeare, Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes – may well be the […]

MARGARET ROACH A WAY TO GARDEN
Secret Garden With Marta McDowell-A Way to Garden With Margaret Roach November 22, 2021

MARGARET ROACH A WAY TO GARDEN

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 25:50


Author Marta McDowell, a gardener and landscape designer in contemporary New Jersey, has an enduring passion for digging into history, particularly into noted authors and their gardens—what she calls the “connection between the pen and the trowel.” She's written books from that vantage point on Emily Dickinson, Beatrix Potter and Laura Ingalls Wilder, and now her latest is on the prolific author Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of the classic “The Secret Garden.”  Marta McDowell also lectures extensively, and teaches landscape history and horticulture at New York Botanical Garden. She's here today to talk about the subject of her latest book, “Unearthing The Secret Garden: The Plants And Places That Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett.”

Sermons from the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Jesus is the Word - The Rev. Gary Lubin

Sermons from the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 14:53


Now Messiah means as we, many of us know the anointed one in great, the Christ or king, I guess I prefer sovereign if you will. So, they have an interesting conversation. Pilate asked Jesus, are you the king of the Jews and Jesus so artfully deflects; my kingdom is not from this world. Then Pilate jumps on that asking, so you are a king? Now everyone is listening very intently. The reason for the somber reading today is because of what Jesus says next. He kind of like comes out. He declares publicly to the entire world what he previously only shared with his disciples. Jesus says, you say that I am king for this, I was born for this. I came into the world to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth, listens to my voice. Well, Pilate continues to be a great straight man. He asks Jesus that classic question, which is one of my favorites in the Bible. What is truth? It's not in today's reading because I think the folks that developed the lectionary wanted Jesus to have the last word, but he just stands there. Jesus just stands there. So, Jesus, how can we listen to your voice. If you stand there in stark silence and say nothing? Jesus's getting the last word by saying absolutely nothing. Saying nothing sometimes says the most. Emily Dickinson said that. Jesus just stands there. Can you get your head around that? In silence, God, in silence waits. And that is because Jesus, The person; Jesus, is the Word, is the Truth.

Union Church
Human: Hope for Humans

Union Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 40:44


Listen in as we close out our Human series and see the hope we have in Jesus. Hope for Humans Romans 15:1-7 "Paul reverses the ordinary structure of obligation. Rather than the weak being forced to submit to the strong, as was typical in Greco-Roman culture, the powerful are here under obligation to ‘bear/carry' the weaknesses of the powerless.” Robert Jewett “Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all - And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard - And sore must be the storm - That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm - I've heard it in the chillest land - And on the strangest Sea - Yet - never - in Extremity, It asked a crumb - of me. Emily Dickinson  “The biblical writers distinguish between hopes that are illfounded and vain, and hopes that have a sure foundation. The range of ill-founded hopes is as wide as the human capacity for self-deception. It is vain to place one's hope in military might (Isa. 31:1–3), in one's own wisdom (Prov. 26:12) or righteousness (Ezek. 33:13), in riches (Prov. 11:28), or even in the temple (Jer. 7:9–10) or the law of Moses (John 5:45). All of these are inadequate bases of hope, and indeed, for the unrighteous person who trusts in such things, there is no hope (Job 8:13; 11:20; 27:8; Prov. 10:28; 11:7). Thus the majority of scriptural references to hope elucidate the only true foundation of hope, God. In this there is a remarkable continuity between the Old and New Testaments.” - Eerdmans Bible Dictionary “The reason I can continue watching and waiting, even as the world is shrouded in darkness, is because the things I long for are not rooted in wishful thinking or religious ritual but are as solid as a stone rolled away.” Tish Harrison Warren 1 Thess 4:16-18 2 Peter 3:8-10 2 Peter 3:11-14 1 Cor 15:50-58 Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about…What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God's future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether. They are part of what we may call building for God's kingdom. NT Wright [Jesus] matters because of what he brought and what he still brings to ordinary human beings, living their ordinary lives and coping daily with their surroundings. He promises wholeness for their lives. In sharing our weaknesses he gives us strength and imparts through his companionship a life that has the quality of eternity. - Dallas Willard

How To Love Lit Podcast
Walt Whitman - Leaves Of Grass - The Poetry Of Young America!

How To Love Lit Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 41:53


Walt Whitman - Leaves Of Grass - The Poetry Of Young America!   Hi, I'm Christy Shriver and we're here to discuss books that have changed the world and have changed us.    I'm Garry Shriver and this is the How to Love Lit Podcast.  This episode and next, we tackle one of the most intimidating poets in the American Canon- Walt Whitman.  He is the generally accepted and almost uncontested greatest contribution America has made to the great canon of World Literature- the ones comprised of those that really intimidate- William Shakespeare,  James Joyce, Gustave Flaubert, Vladimir Nabokov, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda, Ovid, Goethe, Neitche-, Dante- people like that- there are not too many Americans that make that list.    And he does intimidate me- truly.  And honestly he baffles me.  The things he says seem easy to understand except I don't actually understand them.  They are beautiful and interesting but also uncomfortable.  People love his writing and always have, but he's also very offensive- and he offends all equally- the prude and the religious, but also the secular and intellectual- he offends the socialist as well as the capitalist.  Name an identity- he references it and somewhat dismantles it.  Primarily because he absolutely rejects group identities as we think of them today- even in terms of nations but in every sense.  To use his words, “I am large; I contains multitudes” that's a paraphrase from my favorite selection of his work which we'll read today.      For me he's such a curious person in part because of the time he emerged in what was called then the American experiment- and I honestly think his perspective has a lot to do from this unique time period, of course this is not different than how I feel about all of the writers we discuss.  But being born in 1819, the United States of America is only 36 years older than he is.  His parents were present during the Revolutionary War and have a real respect for what people were trying to do here, and how unusual and fragile democratic government actually was or really is.  We, at least we here in the United States, live with the feeling that this country just always has been- that democracy just happens.  That elections are just things that have always happened.  Most students today in this country don't even think about it. Democracy is the normal order in how things occur; equality and liberty are just virtues that everyone agrees are important- by one definition or another.  But None of this was reality and common understanding in 1819 in almost any part of the planet Earth.  And most of the world looked at the United States with contempt- a bunch of non-educated hillbillies living in some weird schemata that wouldn't stand the test of time.  There was no culture in this country, by international standards.  We had no great art, no history to speak of, we weren't writing great philosophies or composing great music.  We had not produced a Voltaire, or a Jean-Jacques Rousseau.  We had no Catherine the Great or Cosimo De Medici sponsoring great artistic ventures.        And so enters Walt Whitman- to which he would say, and did say- whoopdeedoo Europe- you are correct- we have none of that, and I celebrate that we don't.      I want to begin with this famous poem by Whitman.  Of course, it's from Leaves of Grass which we'll introduce in a second, but if you are reading the Death bed edition which is the one I have- again I'll explain all that later, it's in the beginning, that very first part called “Inscriptions”.  Let me read Whitman's famous words on America.     I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,  Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,  The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,  The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,  The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,  The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,  The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,  The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,  Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,  The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,  Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.      Garry, I want to hear your first thoughts when you read this poem.  Let me start by saying, notice how celebratory it is.  America is singing carols- not dirges- and the song of the American is the song of hard work- not the Vienna Philharmonic- which by the way was founded in 1842.  America was not building art, as commonly understood- we were building lives- free lives- lives where people lived with the choices they made, but they got to make their own choices.  This is very different than anywhere else- places more cultured, more sophisticated, more idealized.  We don't have serfs working for great lords or ladies.  We have no jet-setters so to speak- or people of privilege or high cultural standing- In America we work hard,  but we work for ourselves-and everyone does it- and that is something we're proud of.  There is no shame in labor.  There's a song to that.      Yes, it's very much about homestead.  It's about individualism and taking responsibility to create it- About creating your own little corner of the world.  This is exactly the idea that Alexis DeToqueville referenced in his important work Democracy in America.  As a Frenchman, he was totally surprised and impressed with this very thing that Whitman is talking about.  This poem is a complete refutation of the English feudal system and that's what Northerners loved about it.  In the South, and what was so offensive to Whitman when he spent time in New Orleans was that they were trying to recreate that hierarchal system where some people outrank others to the point of claiming they weren't even human- and that, to Whitman, was the complete opposite of what the entire American Experiment was about.      His parents were clearly on team America- he had one brother named George Washington Whitman, another named Thomas Jefferson Whitman and a third named Andrew Jackson Whitman.       Ha- I guess that IS a statement.  This unique time of history in which he lived allowed Whitman to see such great contrasts in America- he saw democracy and success found in personal effort.  He saw vast amounts of unpolluted natural beauty, but he also saw evil at its most deranged, and pain and loneliness at its most intense.  We have to remember that his parents lived through the glorious revolutionary war, but he lived during the treacherous Civil War- and his perspective and life experience is very different. He admired the expanse of the West. He loved the natural beauty of this continent, but he also was horrified and despised to its core – the. National plague that has defined and still defines so much of the American story- this legacy of slavery- his views on such, btw- got him fired by more than one employer, btw.  At this time, newspapers were owned and operated by political parties, and he was always slipping in views that the political operatives didn't like- so he got fired.       HA!  Well, I guess some things never change.    One thing that baffles and almost offends most academics is Whitman's absolute nothing of an academic background.  His parents were basically illiterate, his family was excessively large and chaotic; today we would say dysfunctional.  He had one sibling that actually had to be committed to an insane asylum.   His formal education was inadequate because his father sent him out to work.  It's so ironic that the greatest American poet had no formal tutelage to except what he scrounged up for himself in his own self-taught way by reading in libraries and attending operas.  He didn't have that option.  His father was also pretty much a financial failure.  He was a carpenter by trade, but had also had a little property.  His father speculated in real estate after moving to Brooklyn, NY, but wasn't all that great at business and ended up losing most of it.      And of course, that's the problem with the land of opportunity- you are kind of out there on your own to make it or break it.  And people were very aware of this.  There was no guarantee, at all, that America would even survive as a country.  It was still an experiment.  No one else was living like this.  Europeans had monarchies; the South American countries were colonies.  Our neighbors to the East were living in empires.  Only this little backward nation in a corner of North America was trying to do this weird thing.    And Whitman loved it.  He really did.  He loved the land.  He loved the cities.  He loved the people.  He spent the first 36 years of his life walking around and observing life, mostly in New York City and Long Island (which was NOT a suburb of New York at that time).    He loved the libraries and spent tons of time there reading.  He loved music, especially opera, which we'll notice has a strong influence on how he writes.  He loved learning, listening and observing, and this is what he wrote about.  I heard one lecturer say that he was the first non-blind poet- which I thought was weird and what made it stand out.  But what the professor meant was that most poets were writing about their inner life, things from their imagination- think Edgar Allan Poe and “The Raven”, but Whitman, in many cases, was transcribing things that he was seeing and hearing in urban life- and this was very different.  He would catalogue it- to use a word that is often used to describe this thing that we just saw him do in the poem we just read, make these long lists of details in these long sentences.         I also want to point out that it was this desire to self-educate that led him, like many of his day, to be influenced and challenged by the great Ralph Waldo Emerson. We'll do an entire episode or more than one of him, but Emerson's non-conventional ideas about nature and the soul and our inter-connectedness, although ideas that were commonly accepted in the far East, were new on this continent.      True- well, In 1855, something happened.  Whitman self-publishes the book Leaves of Grass.  This first version was only 95 pages long- that's compared to the death bed one which has 415 in my copy.   There was no author's name on the cover.  Instead, on the first page there was this image of a man in laborer's clothes.  Whitman only reveals that he's the author through one of the first unnamed poems calling himself, “Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a kosmos.”    If you look up the word Kosmos in the dictionary it will tell you that that word means- a complex orderly self-inclusive system- which is interesting to think about someone describing themselves as- but it's a Greek word.  It's also a Biblical word- which is how I believe Whitman would know it.  It is used in the New Testament to mean the universe or the creation as a whole- that's how Whitman defines himself in this poem “Song of Myself”  and the context of how he wants us to understand his work and who we are as individuals.  We too are kosmos.      Well, it didn't start out very cosmic- that's for sure.  It's a miracle Leaves of Grass came to be read by anyone.  He self-published it, literally type-setting it himself.  He printed 795 copies and sold almost none of them.     Don't you wish you had one of those originals?    I know right, well, people do.  In case you're in the market, there are 200 that are still around, and in 2014, one sold at Christie's for $305,000.  It's so ironic- Whitman struggled financially until the day he died and celebrated working people in everything he wrote.  What do you think he would think of that, Christy?    I have zero doubt, he would love it.  Totally.  Beyond being the book's publisher, he also was the book's publicist.  He sent copies to the leading poets of the day trying to drum up some good reviews.  Whittier was said to thrown his copy into the fire he was so offended and outraged- the homoerotic imagery was more than he could handle, but Ralph Waldo Emerson saw it for what it was and wrote Whitman back an amazing letter of encouragement.  Let me quote Emerson, “I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of Leaves of Grass. I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed.”  And of course, to this day, many world class literary scholars still think this about Whitman.       What I find humorous about Whitman is that he wrote glowing reviews of his book himself secretly and published them as if they were written by other people.       Yeah, he was working the influencer thing way back before that was a thing- He also, printed Emerson's actual glowing review when he reprinted the book in 1856, except he didn't get Emerson's permission to do so.  He put Emerson's words, “I greet you at the beginning of a great career” on the spine of the book and he published the entire letter with a long reply andress to Dear Master.”  It was NOT received well by Emerson.      I can see that as being slightly presumptuous.      Of course it was, but I would be tempted as well.  He really admired Emerson, in fact this is what he said about Emerson's influence on his writing.  “I was simmering, simmering, simmering; Emerson brought me to a boil.”    I want us to read the very first part of Song of Myself which was the first poem    I Celebrate myself, and sing myself,  And what I assume you shall assume,  For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.  I loafe and invite my soul,  I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.  My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil, this air,  Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,  I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,  Hoping to cease not till death.  Creeds and schools in abeyance,  Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten,  I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,  Nature without check with original energy.  This is what I mean when I say, it seems like it's very simple to understand except I've read this poem hundreds of times and am still slightly confused as to what he means.  The term for this is ambiguous- he makes you, as a reader, put your own interpretation, put yourself into the lines to force the meaning out of it.      True, and if you take it at face value just superficially, it may seem that this is a narcissist celebrating egotism, but it clearly doesn't.  It also could be misunderstood to mean he celebrates idleness and laziness, but that doesn't seem to be right either.    Exactly- I love these first lines.  First of all, they are so iconic.  One thing Whitman is known for besides the cataloguing which I mentioned when we read I Hear America Singing, is this thing that today we call Free Verse. Whitman is often given credit for inventing the concept, although that is debatable.  But what is obvious is that there is no rhyme or meter of any kind at all and there isn't supposed to be.  He doesn't want anything to rhyme.  Instead, he wants to write in these really long sentences.  Every stanza is a single sentence, and he is going to do that through the entire poem.  Whitman felt you couldn't get your idea out in these little short phrases of iambic tetrameter like his Whittier, the guy who threw his book in the fire, was doing.  Whitman wanted, above all else, to create a sense of intimacy between himself and the person reading- and so he wanted to make sure you could follow his idea- from idea to idea.  He got this idea from two places- first he copied the idea from the one book he had been familiar with since his childhood- the King James Version of the Bible.  He copied the style like you see in the Psalms or even the Sermon on the Mount.  He also got the idea from the opera- if you think about opera- you also have these long phrases- that end with things like figaro figaro fiiiigaro-     Is that your impression of the opera?    Well, as you know, I enjoy the opera.  I haven't always, to be honest.  A few years ago, my good friend, I've mentioned her on the podcast before, Millington AP Literature/ Lang teacher Amy Nolette, coerced me to attend with her- and I did.  She is an accomplished musician so she really taught me how to admire what was going on- and we went every year for several years until Covid hit.  But, having said that, I'm fairly sure, that's my best attempt at singing opera.      But back to Whitman, so one of the first things that Whitman is famous for today is this concept of Free Verse- it was innovative then, but now, it doesn't seem that big of a deal.  That was a big deal, but a bigger deal to Whitman were the ideas he was putting out there.    I celebrate myself- not because I'm so important- not because I have all this amazing heritage or skill or anything- I celebrate myself because I have an essence that is 100% unique to me.  Let's read it again.     I Celebrate myself, and sing myself,  And what I assume you shall assume,  For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.  It's not accidental that he throws in there that scientific language.  And this is where he will offend the capitalist or competitive side of us.  He makes this bold assertion- in this poetic way- to say- what, do you think you're that much better than me- you are made of the exact same material I am- we're both made of atoms- science teaches us that- and for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.      In some sense it's the I'm okay- you're okay attitude, but taking it up a notch- I celebrate myself- you celebrate yourself.      For sure, and something we all give lip-service to today but no one actually really believes.  I have a creative writing assignment that I ask my students to do every year.  We take another Whitman poem called “There was a Child Went Forth” that talks about identity and the physical objects and places that influence who you are- it's a wonderful poem, anyway, I ask my students to write a poem using Whitman's style and technique about THEIR lives.  I tell them we're going to read them in small groups, and if they like what they wrote and feel comfortable,  we are going to print them and put them outside my door in the hallway for everything to read.  At first they are very very resistant to the idea.  They all hate it- first because it's writing, secondly because it's poetry- but mostly because they don't think they want their lives sprawled on the hallway of the school.  I had a sweet darling child, actually a quiet student, raise her hand in protest and literallty say, I don't want to do this.  I can't do this.  All I do is go to school and work- there is nothing interesting at all about my life.      Ha!  She seems to have missed the point.  She didn't want to celebrate herself and she's exactly the kind of person Whitman loved celebrating.    Exactly- and lots of my kids are like that- they work at Sonic, Chick-Fila- the mall- mowing lawns- but in her case, it turns out she is way more interesting and her poem is on the wall right now.  I may take a picture and post it on our website, so you can see them all.  I'm very proud of my kiddos- not just because they produced good poems but because lots of them are hardworking.       I will say, that next phrase leads us to think that Whitman is a lazy person.  He extols the virtue of loafing.  But of course, what I know about his biography which we'll get more into next week when we talk about his experiences in the Civil War and all of that, but Whitman was the very opposite of lazy.  He was an extremely physical hard worker.      True- Let's read the lines you're talking about..    I loafe and invite my soul,  I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.  When he says I loaf and invite my soul- he's getting into the philosopher side of him that is so complex and we really don't even have time to go there today, but it's that old idea of contemplating- today what we call mindfulness.  And I have to admit, I'm not good at this.        He really believes in mindfulness although he didn't know we renamed his concept for him.  Loafe- meaning chill out- turn off the phone, turn off the tv, turn off the computer and invite your soul into yourself.  Chill out!!!  Stop and observe a spear of grass.  Just look at it- let your mind go there- let it focus on something small- it's the kind of thing the yoga instructors keep telling us to do, that we rarely heed but we all know we should.      Exactly- attention and silence- he things they are indispensable to a sane existence- and two things I'm not all that good at.  And then we get to these last two sentences in this opening little poem-    My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil, this air,  Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,  I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,  Hoping to cease not till death.  Creeds and schools in abeyance,  Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten,  I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,  Nature without check with original energy.  There's a lot to say- but he's going to say- I'm proud to be from this place- my parents are from this place.  I'm 37- that is not young.  He is not a child prodigy- he's writing his first book late in life, relatively- he knows that- but he says I'm in good health and I begin- and I'm not going to stop until death- I'm going to live well all the way til the end- I'm not going to give up on myself.  Ever.      I can see why he's inspiring.  And I to get back to this idea of origins.  You know being an American today is something lots of people are proud of (although it is very American to trash our own country) but that's part of our national ethos- but even these same people proudly display their passport.  America is a powerful country and a rich country.  At that time it was a new country- and new countries don't have the safety of heritage and sometimes the people who come from them have trouble taking pride in their heritage.    I totally know what you're talking about.  There was a listener who connected with us through our Instagram page and showed us some beautiful pictures he had taken.  They were truly amazing- not only were the mountains breathtakingly gorgeous in their own right, but his eye for framing was genius.  I messaged him back and told him what I thought of his art.  We went back and forth and I finally asked him.  Where are you from? And he would never tell me.  He said he was from Central Asia and so fort which I eventually gathered he is from one of the new countries formally part of the USSR.   I'm not saying he was ashamed of where he was from, I didn't get that sense, but he seemed intimated that we were from America- a place that seems so far away and idealized from his point of view.  Whitman would tell this young man- you're from that wonderful air,  from wonderful heritage, from atoms just like ours- not just accept it celebrate it.    Because, as I read onward, he seems to imply, this is the attitude that breeds great things that breeds beautiful things but if it doesn't- that's okay as well- keep going all the way til death- compete not with others but with yourself- as he goes to self- publish the same book 8 more times until he does .    Ha!  I guess that's true.      I want to read the last sentence again of that opening because he sets up a lot of the rest of his writings with something of a warning-    Creeds and schools in abeyance,  Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten,  I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,  Nature without check with original energy.  Again- that language seems simple but at the same time I have to really work at what he's going to say.  But I have an interpretation- he's going to say this- put away your school learning and your religious training when you read this.  Sit back because I'm going to say some really hard things- that's what he means with that word “hazard”- but they are not mean- they are natural- it's about the energy of being alive.  It's the beauty of being you, of being a physical body, of being an inter-connected spirit with connections to other people and part of this physical space.      And of course, it's that celebration of the physical body that kept getting him censored. Even Ralph Waldo Emerson later when he was reproducing his book begged him to self-censor what was thinly veiled homo-erotic passages, but he just wouldn't.  He didn't see them as erotic- he didn't even see sex like that.  For him sexuality and the physical body had a self-evidence important place in our lives and had to be brought out in the open- be it a hazard or not.  And again, it kind of was a hazard, he lost a really good job in Washington at one point because his boss found a copy of leaves of Grass in his desk and found it obscene.      Poor guy- well, that takes us to the title- Leaves of Grass- and what that even means.  I mentioned that Whitman was famous for his style or innovative literary technique, he has been increasingly praised for his innovative ideas about the body, the self, consciousness- he was one of the first America poets to even write about consciousness- the other one btw is Emily Dickinson.  But probably the thing I like the best about Whitman, and this is me, personally, is his ability to really capture a wonderful metaphor.  He could just say things in an understandable and pretty way- and this is what poetry really is all about- for my money.    This phrase that is the title – Leaves of Grass- it means something.  First let's read the first part of Song of Myself that talks about grass- I'd ask you to read all of it but I think we might get lost. Song of Myself number 6.      A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;  How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.  I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven.    Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord,  A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropt,  Bearing the owner's name someway in the corners, that we may see and remark, and say Whose?    Or I guess the grass is itself a child, the produced babe of the vegetation.    Or I guess it is a uniform hieroglyphic,  And it means, Sprouting alike in broad zones and narrow zones,  Growing among black folks as among white,  Kanuck, Tuckahoe, Congressman, Cuff, I give them the same, I receive them the same.  And now it seems to me the beautiful uncut hair of graves.  When Whitman loafs around and stares at grass- he sees a picture of America- or a picture of any democracy any group of people that understand that they are one poeple- of which America was the example he knew, but he's not exclusionary by any means.  He says, look, every single blade of grass is totally different and yet in some sense the same.  He calls it a uniform hieroglyphic- what an interesting turn of phrase.  It's and I use his words here “black folks as among white, kanuck, Tuckahoe, Congreeman, Cuff, I give to me the same, I receive them the same.”    For Whitman, the picture of America was a field of grass.  If we look at it, we see hopeful green woven stuff. The handkerchief of the Lord- but if we look at it closely we're all so different- and both things are truly beautiful.  It's a paradox.   He goes on to say, it's from the land, it's made up of the dust that is made up of the people of the land- I know it gets philosophical- and you can take it as far deep as you want to plunge with him.   But you don't have to get all that deep or esoteric if you don't want to.  You can just lay on the grass, and smell it and enjoy it- loaf on it- to use his words.    You know what I like about that entire image and about Whitman's entire philosophy.  He absolutely spoke of diversity, but he did not celebrate diversity- not like we think of doing that today.  He celebrates unity- and that's why this metaphor is the title.  Whitman had a very refined understanding of how easy we can rip each other apart- there is not more divisive time in American history than the 1850s and of course the 1860s- which are the war years.   He lived through the most divided time in American history and he could see it coming even in 1855.  But during his life time, he would see 2.5% of America's population die killing each other that was 750,000 people- if we would compare it to the population of America today- that would be over 7 million people.  Next week we will see how much he admired Lincoln and what he stood for, but as he understood the American experiment,  he believed in admiring differences and loving them, but identifying as a single group- first and foremost.  The dominant image here is of a single landscape- beautiful and united across time and space respecting the past not judging or condemning it- allowing ourselves to spring from it renewed and refreshed.   And I think that's where the universal appeal comes from.  If Whitman was just about American patriotism, maybe we'd like him in this country, but it would feel propagandistic.  His ideals are universal and apply to any group of people- anywhere.  And he's not afraid to admit-some of thing may be self-contradictory.  The first time I ever read Whitman was in college.  I went to school studying political science, but in my junior year I decided I didn't want to do that anymore and I was going to get an English major, well this meant I had to take almost exclusively classes that demanded intense reading- and all at the same time.  I read so much that they all ran together and my grades were not as good as they could have been had I had a healthier pace.  And in all that reading, not a whole lot stood out- but this little poem by Whitman actually did- I underlined it, and I kept the trade book I purchased at the time.  I actually still have it after all these years and so many moves.  In this little section, Whitman is talking in that intimate way that he talks to his reader- it's personal- it's in the second person- and at that time of my life- it was a very chaotic time to be honest- I had no idea what I was doing in my life, my mother had recently died, I had very little idea what I should do in the future- I had changed directions at the last moment- and these famous words just stood out.  Will you read them?  51  The past and present wilt—I have fill'd them, emptied them.  And proceed to fill my next fold of the future.  Listener up there! what have you to confide to me?  Look in my face while I snuff the sidle of evening,  (Talk honestly, no one else hears you, and I stay only a minute longer.)  Do I contradict myself?  Very well then I contradict myself,  (I am large, I contain multitudes.)  I concentrate toward them that are nigh, I wait on the door-slab.  Who has done his day's work? who will soonest be through with his supper?  Who wishes to walk with me?  Will you speak before I am gone? will you prove already too late?  Christy- what did that mean to you.      I really have no idea.  I think the line that I liked is the line everyone likes, “Do I contradict myself?  Very well then I contradict. Myself.”   It just made me feel better.  I knew I was full of inconsistencies. And Whitman just seemed to be saying- of course you are- everyone is- to understand that is just being honest.  Let it go.  Just concentrate on what is near- what you're doing today, supper- that sort of thing.  If you're successful- that's great- if you're a failure- what difference does it make- we're all the same atoms, we're all just leaves of grass.   He just made me feel okay.    Which I guess that would probably have made him happy- the bard of democracy- known as the good gray poet- speaking across time and space about what it means to be a human- to be a leaf of grass.  Thanks for listeninging- next episode- we will delve a little more into his adult life, read some of his most famous poems – those tributes to Abraham Lincoln- and finish our discussion of this amazing American.  AS always, please share about us with a friend or colleague- push out an episode on your social media feed, text an episode to a friend.  Connect with us on our social media at howtolovelitpodcast on facebook, Instagram, twitter, or Linkedin.  If you are a teacher, visit our website for teaching materials that provide ideas scaffolding for using our podcasts as instructional pieces in your classroom.      Peace out.      

Connections: A Podcast of the James L. Hamner Public Library

Jill reads "Autumn" by Emily Dickinson.Contact Us: connections@hamnerlibrary.org

Edicts on E. Dicks- A podcast about the Apple TV+ show
Hope is the thing from katabasis- the dark night of the soul

Edicts on E. Dicks- A podcast about the Apple TV+ show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 84:47


Hello dear listeners! Join us as we sprint across the battlefield and do a barrel roll to our desks. That's right, Dickinson is BACK for Season 3 and we are so excited (even though our aunt- who married her cousin- just died). This episode, we begin our katabasis as we discuss the passing of generational torches, whether EmiSue is the endgame of the show, and how "Austin is gross now." Is Kyle recording from the actual depths of hell? No- his mike broke and he had to use his backup recording. Whoops. He'll get that sorted for Episode 2. In the meantime, enjoy our discussion of Emily Dickinson and how much we love this crazy bitch. My goodness, how far we've come... Here's the link to the Houghton Library Talk with Showrunner Alena Smith, Set Decorator Marina Parker, and Costume Designer Jennifer Moeller: https://youtu.be/uxPzviSKxKc “Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all - And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard - And sore must be the storm - That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm - I've heard it in the chillest land - And on the strangest Sea - Yet - never - in Extremity, It asked a crumb - of me.

In Unison
EP410 Freshly Squeezed: Lauren Bydalek

In Unison

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 46:12


On today's episode of In Unison we're continuing our mini-series of conversations with the composers whose works will be premiered on IOCSF's Freshly Squeezed program on December 4th and 18th this year. We're chatting with Lauren Bydalek—singer-songwriter turned choral composer, who wrote a wonderful piece called “Pieces of My Heart,” about her own experience growing up in Nebraska and the journey of meeting people on this crazy adventure of life. http://www.inunisonpodcast.com/episodes/s04e10#transcript (Episode transcript) Edited by https://www.inunisonpodcast.com/fausto (Fausto Daos) Music excerpts “https://music.apple.com/us/album/brighter-day/1211521313?i=1211521323 (Brighter Day),” written and performed by https://laurenlynnmusic.com/ (Lauren Bydalek)  “https://soundcloud.com/laurenby95/forever-is-composed-of-nows?si=3a06da2bf24e4f29897ae9969ca75c81 (Forever is Composed of Nows),” by https://laurenlynnmusic.com/ (Lauren Bydalek), text by Emily Dickinson, performed by http://www.choralchameleon.com (Choral Chameleon) “https://music.apple.com/us/album/new-horizon/1116815658?i=1116815671 (New Horizon),” written and performed by https://laurenlynnmusic.com/ (Lauren Bydalek)   Episode references Lauren Bydalek (https://laurenlynnmusic.com/ (website) / https://soundcloud.com/laurenby95 (soundcloud)) http://iocsf.org (International Orange Chorale of San Francisco) website https://www.iocsf.org/events (IOCSF concert calendar) https://www.facebook.com/iocsf (IOCSF) on Facebook https://www.instagram.com/iocsf/ (IOCSF) on Instagram http://www.inunisonpodcast.com/donate (Donate) to In Unison! Theme Song:https://music.apple.com/us/album/mr-puffy/1457011536?i=1457011549 ( Mr. Puffy) by Avi Bortnik, arr. by Paul Kim. Performed byhttp://www.dynamicjazz.dk/ ( Dynamic)

Connections: A Podcast of the James L. Hamner Public Library

Jill reads "Success" by Emily Dickinson.Contact Us: connections@hamnerlibrary.org

Connections: A Podcast of the James L. Hamner Public Library

Jill reads "The Wind" Emily Dickinson.Contact Us: connections@hamnerlibrary.org

Kottke Ride Home
Mon. 11/08 - The Messy Legacy of Emily Dickinson and Her Favorite Cake

Kottke Ride Home

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 15:39


Another even more promising antiviral pill for COVID-19 has been announced, this time from Pfizer. Plus, why adults aren't as good at learning new things as kids are, but is it such a bad thing? And the messy legacy of both Emily Dickinson and her favorite cake recipe.Sponsors:Indeed, Get a free $75 credit at Indeed.com/goodnewsinkl, Get a 25% discount at inkl.com/rideLinks:Pfizer says COVID-19 pill cut hospital, death risk by 90% (AP) Pfizer says its COVID-19 pill cuts disease's worst risks by 89% (NPR)Pfizer's Experimental Covid-19 Pill Found Highly Effective at Preventing Hospitalization and Death (Gizmodo)Why Children Learn Better Than Adults (Wall Street Journal) The Messy History of Emily Dickinson's Black Cake Recipe (Atlas Obscura)Dickinson (Apple TV+) Kottke.OrgJackson Bird on TwitterSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Rhythms
Poem #35 from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Rhythms

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 0:31


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El Yo es como una Columna (Emily Dickinson, por Daniel Lipara)

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 0:52


El Yo es como una columna– un apoyo colosal en cualquier Apuro –o Trance– y qué buena la Certeza que no hay Palanca que fuerce– y no hay cuña que quebrante la Convicción –que es la Base– aunque Nadie nos apoye– Como Público –que basten la Rectitud –y Una Misma– esa Reunión –no está lejos del Espíritu –de Dios–

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La esperanza es la cosa con plumas (Emily Dickinson, por Enrique Winter)

Orden de traslado

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 0:42


«La esperanza» es la cosa con plumas — que se asienta en el alma — y entona la canción sin las palabras — y nunca se detiene — del todo — y más dulce — se escucha — en la Galerna — Y airada ha de estar la tormenta — que pudo avergonzar al Pajarito que a tantos les dio abrigo — La escuché en la tierra más fría — y en el más raro Mar — pero, nunca, en la Adversidad, Me pidió una sola — migaja. Traducción de Enrique Winter.

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¿Es la Dicha un Abismo por lo tanto? (Emily Dickinson, por Rodrigo Márquez Tizano)

Orden de traslado

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 0:44


¿Es la Dicha un Abismo por lo tanto que no me deja dar un paso en falso por miedo a que el calzado se me arruine? Prefiero que mis pies se den el gusto a cuidar los Zapatos – porque en cualquier zapatería una puede comprar un nuevo Par – Mas la Dicha se vende una vez sola. Perdida la Patente nadie podrá comprarla nunca más – Díganme, Pies, decidan la cuestión ¿debe cruzar la Señorita, o no? ¡Expídanse, Zapatos!

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Morir no duele mucho (Emily Dickinson, por Karim Ganem Maloof)

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 0:43


Morir no duele mucho: nos duele más la vida. Pero el morir es cosa diferente, tras la puerta escondida: La costumbre del sur, cuando los pájaros antes que el hielo venga, van a un clima mejor. Nosotros somos pájaros que se quedan: Los temblorosos junto al umbral campesino, que la migaja buscan, brindada avaramente, hasta que ya la nieve piadosa hacia el hogar nos empuja las plumas. Traducción: Anónimo de Internet

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No soy nadie, ¿quién tu eres? (Emily Dickinson, por Raquel Salas Rivera)

Orden de traslado

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 0:31


No soy nadie, ¿quién tú eres? No eres uno de esos seres. Yo tampoco soy de ésos que se venden por dos pesos. ¡Como una rana, qué opio repetirle el nombre propio todo el santo día entero a un pantano zalamero! Traducción: Ezequiel Zaidenwerg

Connections: A Podcast of the James L. Hamner Public Library
"Besides the Autumn Poets Sing" by Emily Dickinson

Connections: A Podcast of the James L. Hamner Public Library

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 1:28


Jill reads "Besides the Autumn Poets Sing" by Emily Dickinson.Contact Us: connections@hamnerlibrary.org

Peanut Butter and Biscuits - A Ted Lasso Fancast
BONUS: Interviews with the Creator and Cast of Apple TV+ "Dickinson"

Peanut Butter and Biscuits - A Ted Lasso Fancast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 37:02


Hey there Lasso fans! Need a suggestion for watch to watch on Apple TV+ as we anxiously wait for news on the third season of Ted Lasso? We hope you enjoy this bonus episode of Peanut Butter and Biscuits. The final chapter of the Apple TV+ show Dickinson premiers this Friday, November 5. We were thrilled to be invited to speak about the show and some with the creator and some of the cast members as they close out this timely and wonderful show. Within this episode you'll hear from Alena Smith about her inspiration for writing a show about Emily Dickinson. You'll also hear Craig's conversation with four of the cast members, Adrian Enscoe (Austin Dickinson), Ella Hunt (Sue), Chinaza Uche (Henry) and Amanda Warren (Betty) about their experience on set as well as some of the turns their characters are making in this final chapter. We do try our best to keep this as non-spoiler as possible in case you want to jump into the series from the beginning. Featuring: Craig McFarland Email us at frontrowlasso@gmail.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/craig-mcfarland0/support

You're Booked
Helen Oyeyemi - You're Booked

You're Booked

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 52:10


This week we're delighted to share this wonderful, nourishing conversation with novelist, playwright and short story writer Helen Oyeyemi! Helen's debut, The Icarus Girl was called "a masterly first novel" by the New York Times. White is For Witching won a Somerset Maugham Award, while What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours won the PEN Open Book Award. Her latest novel is the eagerly anticipated Peaces. We talked to her about rereading Little Women, Emily Dickinson's jokes, unreliable memoirists and bunking off school to read Ali Smith.BOOKSDaisy Buchanan - InsatiableDaisy Buchanan - CareeringHelen Oyeyemi - PeacesAli Smith - Hotel WorldE Nesbit - Five Children and ItAlbert Camus - PlagueHerman Melville - Moby DickPG Wodehouse - Jeeves & WoosterZdeněk Jirotka - SaturninMrs Beeton - Book of Household ManagementEM Delafield - Diary of a Provincial LadyCharles Reznikoff - TestimonyFélix Fénéon - Novel in Three LinesTessa Dare - When a Scot Ties the KnotKristi Coulter - Nothing Good Can Come From ThisF Scott Fitzgerald - Great GatsbyJD Salinger - Catcher in the RyeEmily Dickinson - LettersLouisa May Alcott - Little WomenMargaret Atwood - TestamentsMargaret Atwood - Handmaid's TaleBenjamin Moser - Susan SontagSigrid Nunez - Sempre SusanSigrid Nunez - What Are You Going ThroughSigrid Nunez - The FriendSusan Sontag - Against InterpretationDiana Vreeland - DVVisit @YBooked on Twitter for the full list See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Front Row Network
Interviews with the Creator and Cast of "Dickinson"

The Front Row Network

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 35:51


The final chapter of the Apple TV+ show "Dickinson" premiers this Friday, November 5. We were thrilled to be invited to speak about the show and some with the creator and some of the cast members as they close out this timely and wonderful show. Within this episode you'll hear from Alena Smith about her inspiration for writing a show about Emily Dickinson. You'll also hear Craig's conversation with four of the cast members, Adrian Enscoe (Austin Dickinson), Ella Hunt (Sue), Chinaza Uche (Henry) and Amanda Warren (Betty) about their experience on set as well as some of the turns their characters are making in this final chapter. We do try our best to keep this as non-spoiler as possible as we know some of our Apple TV+ listeners may be looking for a new show while we wait for the return of Ted Lasso. Featuring: Craig McFarland Email us at frontrowlasso@gmail.com

Creative Codex
Best of Creative Codex • Sonic Simulations (100k Special)

Creative Codex

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 50:07


This is a special clip show of some of the best moments from the last 3 years of Creative Codex! The focus of this episode is: sonic simulations. In the show, sonic simulations are the use of sound design, music, and narration to convey an experience, time, or place. The clips featured in this episode, in order of appearance are: Nikola Tesla's Earthquake Experiment (Episode 5) Discovery of Emily Dickinson's Poems (Episode 18) Robert Johnson Goes to the Crossroads (Episode 15) Meeting Vincent (Episode 22) Carl Jung's Vision of the Cave (Episode 11) Theo Finds Out Vincent Was Shot (Episode 25) Visiting Leonardo in Florence (Episode 2) --------- Enjoyed hearing Emily 'speak'? Check out and follow Frances' other work on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lady._lazarus._/ --------- My Crypto Wallet is on Coinbase Wallet, username: @mjdorian Venmo: @creativecodex | Search in the Businesses field or click here: https://venmo.com/code?user_id=3235189073379328069&created=1635357384.800416&printed=1 Become a patron of the show on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/mjdorian Thank you in advance for your support! --------- Party horn sound: "Party Pack, Horn Coil 01, Long, 01.wav" by InspectorJ (www.jshaw.co.uk) of Freesound.org -------- Creative Codex is written & produced by: MJDorian On social media: @mjdorian

Nighttime on Still Waters
The Elf of Plants

Nighttime on Still Waters

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 38:23


This week Vanessa from ‘The Mindful Narrowboat' vlog got me thinking – or at least, thinking in a different way and so this week we begin to explore to how out knowledge and (perhaps) attitudes to fungi are changing. Journal entry:“21st October, ThursdayA Hunter's Moon swinging high Across a highwayman's sky Of racing clouds.The streets of Birmingham run wet With the glittering jewels of Brake lights and shop front signs. Later,  A gull soars through the  Thermal canyons and valleys Under a sky of cut sapphire. Later still, The Plough silently revolves over the boat Needle sharp shards of light At the moment, tilting north. ”   Episode InformationIn this episode I read the following poems: Emily Dickinson's ‘The Mushroom is the elf of plants' Sylvia Plath's ‘Mushrooms' ,You can hear Sylvia Plath's own reading of her poem here: Sylvia Plath reads ‘Mushrooms.'                    I also read excerpts from:John Clare's (1827) from ‘October' in The Shepherd's CalendarWendell Berry's (2017) The World-Ending Fire: Essential Wendell Berry published by Catapult. Robin Wall Kimmerer (2020) Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants published by Penguin.  It is also published in the shorter volume:  The Democracy of Species also published by Penguin as part of their ‘Green Ideas' series.  I also refer to the works of:Suzanne Simard (2021) Finding the Mother Tree: Uncovering the wisdom and intelligence of the forest. published by Penguin. Vanessa's ‘Mindful Narrowboat' vlog can be viewed here: The Mindful Narrowboat. Her Twitter account can be found at: @TheMindfulNBGeneral DetailsIn the intro and the outro, Saint-Saen's The Swan is performed by Karr and Bernstein (1961) and available on CC at archive.org. Two-stroke narrowboat engine recorded by 'James2nd' on the River Weaver, Cheshire. Uploaded to Freesound.org on 23rd June 2018. Creative Commons Licence. Piano interludes composed and performed by Helen Ingram.All other audio recorded on site. ContactFor pictures of Erica and images related to the podcasts or to contact me, follow me on:Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/noswpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/nighttimeonstillwaters/Twitter: https://twitter.com/NoswPodI would love to hear from you. You can email me at nighttimeonstillwaters@gmail.com

The Verb
Puddings

The Verb

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 44:23


Ian McMillan on the language and poetry of puddings - with Lorraine Bowen, Joseph Coelho, Kate Fox, Frances Atkins and Fariha Shaikh. Singer, comedian and songwriter Lorraine Bowen is known to many as the 'Crumble Lady' - her song about cooking crumble won her huge audiences on 'Britain's Got Talent', and went viral on social media. We find out about how the word 'crumble' translates into other languages and Ian offers a Yorkshire dialect interpretation of the 'Crumble Song'. Joseph Coelho shares his spooky pudding poetry and reads a special commission for The Verb - a poem which explores the pleasure of disastrous puddings. His first poetry collection 'Werewolf Club Rules' was published in 2014. What if Emily Dickinson, T.S.Eliot and Maya Angelou took part in a poetry themed bake-off? That's the kind of thought experiment that stand-up poet Kate Fox likes to conduct for The Verb. She imagines their baking - and wonders if you can tell how well a poet will cook from their poetry. D Fariha Shaikh is a New Generation Thinker and Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham. She tells us about the pudding making of emigrant Catharine Parr Traill, born in 1801, who emigrated to Canada and wrote many books on her life there and on natural history, for women readers in particular. Frances Atkins is a Michelin star winning chef. She explains the difference between a pudding and a dessert and argues that descriptive pudding names are most likely to excite the palate.

Church of the River Sermons
Horror Bible 2021 Part 2: The Witch Of Endor

Church of the River Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 16:59


Horror Bible 2021 continues with Rev Sam's favorite Biblical ghost story and a cameo by Emily Dickinson.

The Do Gooders Podcast
91: Pathway of Hope: What hope does for our minds and bodies with Dr. Suzanne Phillips

The Do Gooders Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 25:46


This season, we're discovering The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope—a national initiative to provide individualized services to families with children, addressing their immediate material needs and providing long-term engagement to stop the cycle of poverty. Last week, we heard from a smalltown service center director about what it takes to deliver Pathway of Hope support day-to-day along with a current participant in the initiative.  But let's take a step back. What is hope?   Kierkegaard called it a passion for the possible. Psychologist C.R. Snyder said it's a reservoir of determination. Emily Dickinson said it's the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tunes without the words.  It's hope.  And it's an essential ingredient, part of the namesake of The Salvation Army's Pathway of Hope.  Dr. Suzanne Phillips is a licensed Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, and Fellow and Co-chair of Community Outreach for the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She has been a psychologist for more than 35 years and is a newly retired Adjunct Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at LIU Post, a private university in New York. And as someone in the business of hope, she's on the show to help us better understand hope and what it does psychologically and physiologically—plus how we can recognize it and find more of it in our lives.  It's not magic, she says, but a mindset, a propeller for action and possibility. And, it's contagious.  EPISODE SHOWNOTES: Read more. WHAT'S YOUR CAUSE? Take our quiz. STUDY SCRIPTURE. Get inside the collection. GATHER WITH CARING MOMS. Join the group. BE INSPIRED. Follow us on Instagram. FIGHT FOR GOOD. Give to The Salvation Army.