Before printed material became mass produced, information, stories and poems were passed through memorization and recitation from person-to-person. While I am lucky enough to have polished my memorization skills through years of theatre and voice, I am also someone who struggles remembering the five things I need to pick up at the grocery store. Memorization of anything is so rarely required in our day-to-day lives anymore beyond a one-time school assignment or large scale presentations.
On January 15, 2018, Ursula Le Guin finished editing her latest collection of poetry and sent off the revised manuscript. On January 22, 2018, she died. In October of the same year, this work was published as So Far, So Good: Final Poems, 2014-2018. Ultimately, this volume is a farewell – and a wonderful collection of poetry.
Yes, the Anythink blog is quite fond of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning poet Mary Oliver who passed away in January of this year. During last year’s Poetry Picks, Maria shared the graceful piece ‘The Wren from Carolina’ and Laura spoke to the level of awareness Oliver provides the reader in ‘Wild Geese’.
One of my favorite lines in all of poetry comes from Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism,” which defines true wit as “what oft was thought, but ne’er so well expressed.”
These nine words seem, to me, the perfect definition of an autological statement: they express the property that they also possess. They are about truth and they ring true.
Using design software and open source fonts, teens will celebrate National Poetry Month by creating their own custom magnetic poetry kits. Space is limited; registration recommended.
Led by a working author in partnership with Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop, explore elements of poetry like rhyme, rhythm, meter and stanzas. Then, create poems in different forms like haikus, sonnets, sestinas and free verse throughout the month with the opportunity of a final showcase. Appropriate for kids grades 3-5. Children are encouraged to attend each session. Space is limited; registration required. Please visit our online calendar to register.
Enthusiasts of beer and poetry: Join us as we celebrate National Poetry Month with a free beer tasting from Mother Tucker Brewery and with poems written throughout history inspired by the drinking of beer. Hear from favorites such as Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe and Sylvia Plath. Try your hand at writing a poem of your own to share, and toast with us to the love of beer and poetry! Appropriate for adults aged 21 and older with a valid photo ID. Space is limited; online registration required for each attendee. We will meet in the event space at Mother Tucker Brewery at 2360 E 120th Ave. This event is sponsored by the Anythink Foundation.
I truly love the late Mary Oliver's poetry. Most recently, I finished her Blue Horses collection. She had such a sincere love for nature and all that it contains. Oliver had the most brilliant way of getting you to notice those things in nature that you would might not otherwise give a second glance.
Help us kick off National Poetry Month at Anythink Commerce City during this inspirational hour. Snacks will be provided. Appropriate for kids ages 5-12. No registration required.