How to talk about global warming, without mentioning the word, and wrapping in a love story.
Mahogany L. Browne performs “Bears”
1. You are a prayer in the most holy mouth. The space between clasped hands. A landscape so picturesque at any angle, you are a reminder that magic exists.
2. Oh, they will stop and stare, you most divine creature with unapologetic skin and fearless features. LEARN to take a compliment. Settle into being the center of things. Lees verder
“We’re all going to die — and poems can help us live with that.” Some say you should not talk about art and poetry, but I really enjoy the passion with which Stephen Burt dissects beautiful poems. Enjoy the TED talk.
Zen Pencils is a great cartoonist who turns strong words into even stronger images. I love how he makes poems come to life. Such as Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou.
Angelou recently passed away and Gavin of Zen Pencils dedicated this cartoon to her. I think it’s a very strong and gracious poem on the strength of women. With my love for spoken word poetry, I like to read poems out aloud, and this one very good for that. So try it.
First the wonderful cartoon by Zen Pencils, then the full text of the poem (under read more). If you like Maya Angelou, also watch the video by Natalie Patterson with A Tribute To Maya Angelou, al the way down this post.
I love the mind of Sarah Kay
What is it with all the mentions of 4 o’clock in the morning in our culture? They seem to be everywhere. At least if you are like performance poet Rives!
Crowdsourcing the 4 A.M. mystery
I’ve loved Rives since his 2006 talk ‘If I controlled the Internet’. Funny, beautiful, and a new sort of poetry. I’ve placed it below. That year after that he came back to share his fascination for the early morning hour in popular culture. Books, movies, TV, poems: 4 A.M. seems to be mentioned all around us. Since that video went online, he has been getting references from all over the world. Now he came back to TED to unravel the mystery and finish the story. The first time I applauded for a TED talk, behind the screen of my computer.
If I controlled the internet
and became like blood in my body.
It rushed through my veins and
encircled my heart.
Everywhere I looked,
I saw one thing.
Love’s name written
on my limbs,
on my left palm,
on my forehead,
on the back of my neck,
on my right big toe…
Oh, my friend,
all that you see of me
is just a shell,
and the rest belongs to love.