Saturday, September 08, 2007

Charles Martin: from

Here is a "political poem" that is a poem: Easter Sunday, 1985. I first encountered it in Phillis Levin's anthology of sonnets.

Mr. Martin is also, apparently, a translator of Catullus's poems.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Mark Strand on political poetry and rap

Am not the hugest fan of Strand, but for the most part I'm with him on this one. Most political poems are, indeed, ephemera. And what he says of rap is quite apt.

Discovered via the website of the Poetry Foundation.

Monday, September 03, 2007

One more

The Carpenters, yet again: "Hurting Each Other," 1971.

(I really like Karen's voice on this one ...)

Tracy Chapman

"You're the One," live, November 2003:

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Song: "Good-bye, little yellow bird"

A nineteen-year-old Angela Lansbury as Sibyl Vane in the 1945 film version of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray: