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100-Day Project 52-57

days 52-57

the cure for
this raucous world…
cherry blossoms

–Issa

Issa is one of the four great Japanese haiku masters.

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100-Day Project 48-51

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White as an Indian Pipe
Red as a Cardinal Flower
Fabulous as a Moon at Noon
February Hour—

–Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson’s work often appears when I’m searching for poetry.  Her insight and images always resonate with me.  1800 poems!  and basically unpublished and unknown during her lifetime.  You can read more about her here:  https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/ed/node/15

I’m halfway there (and a little behind in posting).

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100-Day Project 42-47

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Red is the thunder in our ears
when we meet.
Love, like creation,
is some other order of things.

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This life in the fire, I love it.
I want it,
this life.

–from “The History of Red” by Linda Hogan

One of the bonuses of my grid project has been finding new poets when I’m searching for an appropriate poem for the color group.  Linda Hogan is a Native American essayist, novelist, poet, and environmental activist.  Her writing considers the reciprocal relationship between humans and other living things and the places they share.  “The History of Red” is a fierce poem, with the intensity that red brings to the other colors it touches. The passion of those last lines…wow.  You can read the entire poem here:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/244366

 

 

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100-Day Project 38-41

 

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How falls it, oriole, thou hast come to fly
In tropic splendor through our Northern sky?

At some glad moment was it nature’s choice
To dower a scrap of sunset with a voice?

Or did some orange tulip, flaked with black,
In some forgotten garden, ages back,

Yearning toward Heaven until its wish was heard,
Desire unspeakably to be a bird?

Edgar Fawcett, “To an Oriole”
I didn’t forget my grids when I was at the beach.  When I add neutrals to each color, it reminds me of nature in some way.  Birds often come to mind…
Edgar Fawcett was a 19th century American writer who wrote satirical society novels and science fiction as well as poetry.  Although never loved by critics, he was well-known during his lifetime.  He is largely forgotten today, although some of the biographical material I read online urges revival of a few of his science fiction books.  He was also evidently a prolific writer of sonnets.  The image of the tulip turning into a bird he uses here had an immediate appeal to me.

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100-Day Project 32-37

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But me? One day I am thinking of
a color: orange. I write a line
about orange. Pretty soon it is a
whole page of words, not lines.
Then another page. There should be
so much more, not of orange, of
words, of how terrible orange is
and life. Days go by. It is even in
prose, I am a real poet. My poem
is finished and I haven’t mentioned
orange yet. It’s twelve poems, I call
it ORANGES.

–Frank O’Hara, from “Why I Am Not A Painter”

This is one of my very favorite poems.  It captures for me the mysterious and quixotic process of creation.  You can read the whole thing here:  http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/why-i-am-not-a-painter/

What I learned from my orange grids:  this color heats things up.

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100-Day Project 28-31

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Here are my bees,
brazen, blurs on paper,
besotted; buzzwords, dancing
their flawless, airy maps.
–Carol Ann Duffy, “Bees”

Carol Ann Duffy is an Irish poet who is currently the British Poet Laureate.  This is what she says about her poetry:  “I like to use simple words in a complicated way.”

You can read the entire text of this poem, and more poems about bees, here:  http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/prose-and-poetry

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100-Day Project 22-27

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She gazed at me, half dreaming,
and said:  “Go climb again and bring me
the yellow, only the yellow.
I never leave the meadow.”

I went straightway to the mountain
and searched for clustered flowers,
color of sun, color of saffron,
newly born, already eternal.

When I returned, I found her still standing
in the middle of the meadow.
I showered her with sun-burst blossoms
till she was golden as the threshing floor.

–Gabriela Mistral, from “The Flower of Air”

I’ve been doing my grids every day, I’m just behind on posting them.  The yellow really permeates all of these.  If you want a brighter look to what you’re doing, add yellow.

Gabriela Mistral was a Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1945.  This year is the 70th anniversary of that award.  And yet, there are very few of her poems available on the internet.  Because she’s a Latin American woman?  But she was also a diplomat, a woman of the world who lived and taught in Mexico and Europe and the United States as well as Chile.  Her poetry is both spiritual and emotional, and uses nature often in its imagery.  Pablo Neruda was one of her students and a lifelong friend.

I could not discover a link online for the full text of “The Flower of Air”, which I found in the bi-lingual “Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral”, translated by Doris Dana, with wonderful woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi.

but you can read about her here:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/gabriela-mistral

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100-Day Project 18-21

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X
At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.
–Wallace Stevens

To find out about the “bawds of euphony” click here:  http://www.shmoop.com/thirteen-ways-of-looking-at-a-blackbird/section-x-summary.html

To read all 13 stanzas of “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” click here:  http://www.poetrysoup.com/famous/poem/377/Thirteen_Ways_of_Looking_at_a_Blackbird

And to see Illustrated Poetry’s wonderful interpretation of  Wallace Stevens’ poem click here:  http://illustratedpoetry.com/tag/13-ways-of-looking-at-a-blackbird/

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100-Day Project 12-17

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Born with the moon in Cancer
Choose her a name she will answer to
Call her green and the winters cannot fade her
Call her green for the children who’ve made her
Little green, be a gypsy dancer
–Joni Mitchell (Little Green)

I had a lot of ideas for where to go next, and decided to do each color with each other color to start.  First:  green.  It does look like spring to me.

http://www.last.fm/music/Joni+Mitchell/_/Little+Green

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100-Day Project 8 9 10 11

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Early dusk:
the mouth of the toad
exhales the moon
–Shiki

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