I post a link to Radnoti's biography:
I post a link to Radnoti's biography:
I taught this in my college class in my War Poetry unit. The poem is fascinating and about much more than snow. Wilbur was a young soldier in WW2 when he wrote it.
Last week in Aiken once again (my second literary home), I noticed that people gravitate towards a novel more than poetry.
Now I realize that poetry is a niche market. Usually, I can tell if someone "looks like" a poetry-reading type. No, I am not giving away my secrets, LOL.
Given the choice between looking at my novel or a poetry book, people seem to be attracted by the novel. My covers are done by the same person, the fabulous artist and person Carol Worthington-Levy. We go back a long way. Therefore it is not that the novel cover is better than the poetry book covers.
You can decide for yourselves! First the noel link, then the poetry books:
The last one is on Blurb. Right now the link is down. Sorry!
When I was an undergraduate at Penn State it seemed that near the end of every quarter a student would jump off one of the new high-rise apartment complexes because of bad grades. In the early 1990s, the US Armed Forces noticed a disturbing spike in the number of GIs who took their lives. As a Pennsylvania Guard Chaplain, I was mandated to teach Suicide Prevention Classes. My battalion command resisted, but I was pressured by the senior chaplains. Fortunately, my stock was high in the battalion, and I managed to get the classes in. At two of the five sessions, Soldiers spoke about their personal connections to suicide; one even showed the scars on his wrists.
The pandemic has not helped matters, especially for young people. Three of my students took their lives before the pandemic. I shudder to think what I would say if I were still teaching.
The poem is powerful and even more relevant today. If you need help or know of someone who does, get help!
1-800-273-255 National Suicide PRevention Hotline
Yesterday was a wonderful day at Mead Hall Strawberry Festival 2022 in Aiken, SC. But I ignored William Shakespeare's birthday! Gadzooks!
Several of my friends in high school and college were accomplished folksingers/-musicians. I tried to be one, but my talents were more in appreciation and knowing about the songs, especially the ballads. A few groups used electric instruments and reworked the tunes. Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span from the UK were the titans in this; I have seen both of them. Some Us and Canadian artists did the same but to less recognition.
I would teach this ballad in my college and English 4 high school classes, reading Scots well enough. Western Pennsylvanian English is based on what the Scots pioneers brought with them.
Ballads were the sources for news and then the history of an event. First the text, then a link to Fairport.
I was a high school senior on the First Earth Day and participated in an assembly that ran all day. We have made some progress since then, but much, much remains to be done.
When the English curriculum changed at the tech college where I was an adjunct (stay around 16 years and a lot changes), I had to change from the Short-Story-Drama-Poetry format. But I always managed to use some poetry to meet the standards of Rhetoric.
Facing It was one of five or so war poems that I used. It was the one that students related to the most. Perhaps they had a family member who was in Vietnam, maybe because the poet is African-American, also the writing is so effective. The interplay between the War and the speaker's visiting the Vietnam Memorial is stunning.
I like the linking of the generations, the work ethic, and the dedication to the task.
I heard this a few weeks ago on Sirius XM's Symphony Hall; Martin Goldsmith played it, but I held back on sharing it since it was during Lent. Now I can use the poems for my daily National Poetry Month posts/tweets/etc.
Click on the above link and for today at least, it is the first post on my main poetry page. Afterward, scroll down a little.
From the pictures, you can easily figure out who is who!
Aiken is my second literary home. I will be with most of the Aiken Writers Bloc on Saturday, April; 23, from 10am, to -2pm. Mead Hall Episcopal School 619 Barnwell Ave NW, Aiken, SC
All of my books will be available. poetry and literary fiction novel!
If you cannot come, contact me or use these kinks! Thanks!
But until that day, which may never come, enjoy this one I found for National Poetry Month today.
I saw this a day or two after it happened. Third Place Books in Seattle hosted. Kelli's book I had already read and enjoyed, and it was wonderful to see/her. Maggie I knew nothing about, but I would like to read her. When I clear some books from my coffee table, shelf,....
Kelli then Maggie!
I would so love to meet him! What an interesting person!
My online publisher Blurb is offering my book "The Botleys of Beaumont County" at 20% off from April 10-11, 2022. Put the code BOOKDEAL20 into the promo code box at checkout and click the “Apply” button to get the discount. What a deal! And you can pay in various currencies as well
Auden wrote this poem after WW2 when the world was in upheaval. We appear to be heading that way presently. I taught this poem in my Mythology classes at Blythewood High School in Blythewood, SC.
Link to the genocide in Ukraine:
This one tops the list of my Soundcloud recordings. Knowing German certainly helps with Middle English! Oddly enough, I read about Chaucer in Thomas Costain's The Last Plantagenets the other day!
I have some more on Soundcloud if anyone has time to listen! Thanks!
Links to my books:
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