Article updated July 29, 2019 by Dave Read
My poem, Dozen Ways of Looking at Stuff, has been selected for publication in the upcoming We Are Beat, National Beat Poetry Festival Anthology, which I think is scheduled for publication in late August.
Dozen Ways of Looking at Stuff
on the edge of nature
the haughty docent
said to me
here the pretty
flowers are and there
on the edge of nature
the naughty docent
there the pretty
flowers are and here
the poet who dissembles
all day long to earn his pay
will have his say
if he assembles
honest verse along the way
the poet’s lot is
to limn what it has amused
the gods to encrypt
Some poems reflect everybody
seen in the Metro by Ezra Pound,
while others recall faces I know
whose voices make a beautiful sound.
version vice versa
If it is the poet’s bane to like all the interesting stuff
then her boon is to love only what is perfect.
The poet’s bane is to love only what is perfect,
but her boon is to like all the interesting stuff.
consider any bag of thoughts,
some passel of inklings,
or worry of oughts:
string them together,
the least on top, laced so tight
that the other ones pop!
The function of form in a poem
is to devise a scheme so that
you can conceal
the clue to your notion of hiding
an antonym to the rhyme
you mean to reveal.
Turned inward like a bad toenail is the mind’s eyeball,
an unblinking cyclops ready to light me up
like a bored cop at the intersection of reflect and write.
Poetry is Miss Zeitgeist
rapping on your knucklehead.
Passing by the MacLeish homestead,
a poet espied the globed fruits and sighed
I’m just off the sweets, alas.
With a smile of recognition he lopes to work
looping George Harrison through earbuds.
Dave Conlin Read
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2019 Tanglewood schedule
The Boston Symphony Orchestra has released the schedule for the 2019 season at Tanglewood, which will be remembered for the opening of the Tanglewood Learning Institute, the four buildings overlooking Seiji Ozawa Hall on the Leonard Bernstein camopus.
Music director Andris Nelsons will be present for the month of July, conducting 13 programs, including the world premiere of a new work by Kevin Puts, The Brightness of Light, based on letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz on July 20, and a concert performance of Wagner’s complete Die Walküre on july 27 and 28.