Thursday, October 12, 2006

poetry reading


Friday night we're having a poetry reading.

What do you recommend I prepare as my selection?

14 comments:

Phil said...

Hi ckhnat,

I am the guy who was talking to you on the web cam at mike's place the other day.

Who is the poetry night for?

ckhnat said...

hiyah phil!

eh, we were talking about Haiku at lunch today and we decided to have a beatnik night over at a friend's house.

B. Michael said...

I thought Cassey said Sunday night...I hope so...if not, no Djembe.

Bobby said...

If you'd like to read a great, fairly long (3 pages or so) ballad poem with adventure, romance, swordplay, love, and the like, I would suggest The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes.

You know what would be fun, though? Some Langston Hughes. You can feel that jazz beat as you read his stuff. Check out some of his poems with the narrator-character Alberta K. Johnson. You won't be disappointed. And you'll probably crack up everyone.

Billy Collins is a good modern poet. And Keats is always good.

ckhnat said...

i, too, was thinking of The Highwayman

I'll see what I can find by L.H.

Thanks, Bobby

Lara said...

T.S. Eliot is always good - particularly something like Rhapsody on a Windy Night, or The Hollow Men.

Here's a nice short Emily Dickinson poem:

Fame is a bee.
It has a song—
It has a sting—
Ah, too, it has a wing.

Ruth said...

Hey Lara - that's a great poem. So true. I really like it.

Lorie said...

I think you should do some shel s. How about "Where the Sidewalk Ends"? (in all lowercase letters, of course)

Catherine said...

Seasonal suggestion: Fall, Halloween - makes me think of Edgar Allen Poe. Maybe his "Annabelle Lee" or the ever-popular "The Raven."

Lara said...

What did you end up reading?

ckhnat said...

Just got back from the reading ... my selection was from the esteemed Tim Burton (selected works of poetry) and i had the honor of reading the last portion of The Highwayman (thrilling!) ... have you heard it put to music?!!

GloryandGrace said...

I heard that Brian gave a rather moving rendition from the classic film "Serenity." :)

ckhnat said...

INDEED! it was very moving as the devoted joined in to quote "you can burn the land, and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me!"

... sniff ... sob!

the other ladies in the room were a bit clueless as to how so many of us knew this "poem" they had never heard before.

But ...

their turn came as I read "The Highwayman" ... "with a bunch of lace at his throat ..."

Bobby said...

I've never heard "The Highwayman" set to music. I bet that was great. That's one of my all-time favorite poems.