Monday, January 16, 2012

January 14, 2012- Spicer, MLK and gateway 'drugs.'

On Saturday, we read a couple of our favorite African American poets in honor of Martin Luther King Jr's birthday. We finally revealed the Spicer poem that was the source for our show title and got to hear Mr Spicer himself perform 'Sporting Life.' From there we discussed what instigates our writing. Aliens? Spirits? How does craft effect our writing? How do we let our emotions into our words? We read some song lyrics and talked about own non-poetry inspirations. We ended with some Velvet Underground and finally more homage to MLK.
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

January 7, 2012... The Apocalypse!!!

This Saturday we talked about apocalyptic poetry and read some pieces that reminded us that the world is scheduled to end in December. We played Dylan Thomas reading his own work. We also listened to  Thomas's piece 'Vision and Prayer,' performed with challenging vocals and synthesized music composed by Milton Babbit. You can find this piece here: The very interesting visual text can be found here:

To answer the trivial pursuit question, which Delia may have misquoted: What living creature kills humans SECOND only to humans: Mosquitos.

We discussed a show idea for a later date: What other types of art inspired us to become writers? For instance, music, art, song lyrics. Send us your own 'gateway-to-poetry' drug experiences at

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