Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Poet Jane Kenyon's Advise on Writing

Poet Jane Kenyon's Advise  on Writing:

"Spoken with the unpretentious honesty of her own experience as a working poet with decades of trial and triumph under her belt, Kenyon’s counsel comes as an offering of love:
Tell the whole truth. Don’t be lazy, don’t be afraid. Close the critic out when you are drafting something new. Take chances in the interest of clarity of emotion.
The closing passage — the one tacked above Shapiro’s desk — contains some of the most ennobling tenets for a human being to live by:
Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours."

The Banality of Evil...

 Read this great article at Brainpickings

The Banality of Evil, Hannah Arendt on the normalization of the Human wickedness:

“Under conditions of terror most people will comply but some people will not… No more is required, and no more can reasonably be asked, for this planet to remain a place fit for human habitation.”


 Poetic Symbology of the Heroine’s Journey: Artist Nancy Castille’s Stunning Homage to the Sumerian Proto-Feminist Goddess Inanna

Castille writes in her artist statement:
The Sumerian myths are told by ancient peoples, on the cusp of the primitive and the mythic, emerging into a world organized by agriculture and the rise of large city-states. Although they are “only myths”, they tell of a still deeper history — the history of the human spirit as it has traveled through time, trying to make sense of its environment and constantly searching for meaning in life. Our souls are fortified and strengthened when they are exposed to such stories, stories that tell us more about the spirits and souls of our distant ancestors. From them, we derive a wisdom fearless and deep. The heart and soul of mankind shines out from the darkness of the past.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Central Park Five & When They See Us

It's crucial that every citizen; especially parents and teenagers, to watch The Central Park Five, a documentary film by Ken Burns and Sara Burns and When They See Us, a film based on the actual wrongful conviction of five innocent teenagers in 1989, directed by Ava DuVernay.