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Have you ever memorized a favorite piece of poetry?


I'm hiding, I'm hiding
And no one knows where;
For all they can see is my
Toes and my hair

And I just heard my father
Say to my mother -
"But, darling, he must be
Somewhere or other;

Have you looked in the inkwell?"
And Mother said, "Where?"
"In the INKWELL!" said Father.  But
I was not there..
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Hiding by Dorothy Keeley Aldis is one of the first poems I learned.  It's just a child's nursery rhyme, but something about it appealed to me and I used to say it all the time.

I had a set of Childcraft encyclopedias and Volume 3 had a section called "Poems for Every Day."  "Hiding" was illustrated by a picture of a toddler clearly visible to everyone underneath a small round tea table with one leg and three feet.  He laughs while the parents pretend to look for him under the rug and in other silly places.  

Looking back I can see that I chose that poem as a favorite because it was a reflection of myself.  I was a bright child who often thought I was putting something over on adults, but they just humored me and laughed at my precocious presumptions.

Some of us here are old enough to remember being required to memorize pieces of poetry for school, and then recite them.  I don't suppose that is done any more.  Back in the day some parents would supplement their children's education by insisting they learn a few poetry standards.  Memorizing Invictus or Ozymandias or something similar was meant to build character, and signify you were a member of a family that valued education.

In the late 60s when Black Power was the activist rallying cry, those who were young gifted and black  (and those who stood with them) were studying the great works of the Harlem Renaissance poets.  And new black pride poems were being written too, and being repeated again and again:

"It seems to me," said Booker T.,
"It shows a mighty lot of cheek
To study chemistry and Greek
When Mister Charlie needs a hand
To hoe the cotton on his land,
And when Miss Ann looks for a cook,
Why stick your nose inside a book?" ...
I was in school plays and learned everyone else's lines, including my own, and I memorized hundreds of song lyrics, but poetry for some reason eluded me.  Sometimes I got out of poetry assignments by writing something of my own rather than memorizing the assigned work.  Such a little rebel I was.

A few years ago for some unknown reason I was trying to memorize Paul Revere's Ride.  it comes in handy at this time of year!  I only remember the first 14 lines:

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch
Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm."

I did grow up with the idea that an educated person was supposed to be familiar with great poetry and be able to recite a few classic works.  It is one of those things I just never got around to.  I can recite some psalms, but that is not the same thing.

The idea of what counts as "classic" has changed over the years also, as the world of poetry, and the world of literature in general, has become more diverse.  The poetry slam fits well with outsider political messages because form follows content--those whose voices have been denied or ignored are now shouting out:

There are lots of poetry slams in my area, and I feel I should support them, but I only manage to watch these poetry competitions on YouTube.  I am in awe of recitals like Lily Myers' above, and this one from the 2008 campaign.  Works like these are more than poems, they are monologues--they are designed to be memorized and read aloud, not published in books and read as words on a page.  I learned long sections of the Darian Dauchan piece as I transcribed it, but was shy about sharing it with family and friends because I was embarrassed to admit that blogging had desensitized me to "bad language".

Black Kos frequently features poetry, and others on this blog have turned me on to poems old and new.  In my opinion, a great poem inspires me to some kind of response:  to take action, to spread the word, or even to try writing my own poems again.  I want to let go of the conflict within me between the desire to memorize "classic" poems that "everyone" should know and making an effort to discover new poets and new genres and help to keep the art form alive and growing.

Perhaps I will get some ideas from this diary of poems that fellow kogs feel are worth memorizing.

Do you ever take time to memorize a favorite poem written by yourself or someone else?  Were you asked (or commanded) to memorize poetry as a child, either by parents or teachers?  Do you still remember any of them? Short or epic, silly or serious:

Do you know any poetry by heart?




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Photo (bad) Diary: NYC Meet-up with Chacounne! 3/24/14.
With a special appearance by 714day!


by joanbrookerfor New York City

The NYC Kossacks rolled out the red carpet for the visiting Chacounne and also had the bonus of another last minute visitor, 714day!

Here's one photo:

L-R: Sidnora, Chacounne & 714day

Please visit joanbrooker's diary for many MORE photos plus food pr0n! Enjoy! You can join New York City by sending a Kosmail to sidnora.

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Seattle Kossacks Commiserate


by EagleOfFreedomfor Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks

EagleOfFreedom has resuscitated the Seattle Kossacks. Many groups have been started there but with the support of this series I think we've got Seattle going again. This is the second meet-up EagleOfFreedom has successfully completed. His diary was really fantastic. Their special guest was Ojibwa. If you read the diary and the comments you can see they are all ready to work together on things like GOTV!

Here's one group photo:

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L-R: mlharges, bleeding blue, Ojibwa, Ms. bleeding blue, ReasonableGunsPlz, John Crapper's Girl, EagleOfFreedom, John Crapper, RickEagle, Momomia, N in Seattle

Please visit EagleOfFreedom's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to John Crapper, the new leader of Seattle Kossacks.

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Motor City Kossacks Welcomed Dave in Northridge,
3/22, Golden Fleece in Greektown (photos)


by peregrine katefor Motor City Kossacks

The Motor City Kossacks rolled out the red carpet for visiting Dave in Northridge from Los Angeles. peregrine kate details interesting information about Detroit, the upcoming host town of NN14, and describes a delicious dinner in famous Greek Town. Prepping all of us NN14 attendees for our July visit soon!

Here's one group photo:

L-R: peregrine kate, Dave in Northridge, Mr. ICanDoThis, Amber6541. Amber's sister, ICanDoThis, ProvokingMeaning, toneilda

Please visit peregrine kate's diary for many MORE photos plus food pr0n! Enjoy! You can join Motor City Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to peregrine kate.

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Baja Arizona Kossacks Meet-Up Liveblog


by Azazellofor Baja Arizona Kossacks

The Baja Kossacks just had their 4th Annual Picnic at the home of Mr. and Mrs. sneakers563. The group is shepherded by Azazello, an official member of DKos since 2009. From his diary and about his state:

More and better Democrats is always a popular subject for debate here in Baja AZ, especially in an election year. Against the charge that Arizona is an incurably red state I often point out that 5 of our 9 US Reps are Democrats. This is true but it doesn't tell the whole story. While we in Tucson are justifiably proud of Raúl Grijalva (Wikipedia HERE) whose first elected office was board member for Tucson Unified School District #1, most of Tucson and all of Cochise County are now represented by Ron Barber (Wikipedia HERE) who is a very Blue Dog indeed. For an example of this Blue Doggedness see this article at Alternet ☛ 5 Million Dirty Reasons for Record Deportations.

He's on top of it and thanks to him for gathering Kossacks together to become stronger.

 Here's the group photo:

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L-R: Back row: pwoodford, DaNang65, Azazello, itzadryheat, rasbobbo
Front row: ItsAMathJoke, drnatrl, sneakers563, chloris creator, Desert Rose

Please visit Azazello's diary for many MORE photos including food pr0n! Enjoy! You can join Baja Arizona Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Azazello.

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Los Angeles Kossacks: Shanikka's Red Carpet Lunch 3/15 - With Pictures


by Dave in Northridgefor Los Angeles Kossacks

The LAKossacks welcome shanikka to their fair city. Many people attend. Here are few photos:

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L-R: Former Chicagoan Now Angeleno      and      bruinkid

Please visit Dave in Northridge's diary for many MORE photos plus Food Pr0n! Enjoy! You can join Los Angeles Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Dave in Northridge.

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Maryland Kossacks

Chacounne meets Kossacks from MD and DC


by mimifor Virginia Kos

The DC and Maryland Kossacks welcomed Chaucounne on her visit to attend a conference in DC. It was a last minute meet-up pulled of by mimi.

Here's one photo:

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L-R: mimi, kim (wife of olliegarkey), olliegarkey, webgenie and Chacounne

Please visit mimi's diary for many MORE photos! Enjoy!
You can join Maryland Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to JamieG from Md.
You can join DC Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to NinthElegy.

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Event Organizers! Please contact wink from Netrootsradio.com by KosMail to schedule airtime with them to live broadcast your Event. Wink & Justice will then promote it on The After Show radio program!
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Friday, April 25th

NYC Kossacks Welcome Scottie Thomaston, aka indiemcemopants

TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Trattoria Trecolori
254 W 47th St. • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send sidnora a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. sidnora
2. Scottie Thomaston, aka indiemcemopants
3. followyourbliss
4. Its the Supreme Court Stupid
5. mattc129
6. Design the Future
7. Rosalie907
8. Son of Broccoli
9. Mets102
10. Miscweant

Maybees:

Latest diary: NYC Meetup, This Friday 4/25, with Very Special Guest!!!
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Saturday, April 26th

DC Kossacks Protest XL Pipeline
near the White House

A group of ranchers, farmers and tribal communities from along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route, called the Cowboy Indian Alliance, will set up camp near the White House to tell President Obama to reject the pipeline.

DEMONSTRATION:
TIME: 11:00 AM
LOCATION: National Mall
Meet between 7th & 9th Streets • Washington DC
Look for the Daily Kos Connect! Unite! Banner!

Welcome Meet-Up for Peregrine Kate:
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Mitsitam Cafe
4th St & Independence Ave SW •  Inside the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC

ORGANIZER: Send mimi a kosmail to attend.
peregrine kate is visiting from Detroit to attend this protest!

RSVPs:
1. mimi
2. peregrine kate
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: Pres. Carter in Cahoots with Indians and Cowboys - Update on April 26 NoKXL March
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Saturday April 26th

LA Kossacks Meet-up with Guest Speaker:
David Kanuth, US Congress candidate

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION:  Casey's Irish Pub
613 S Grand Ave. • Los Angeles

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Dave in Northridge
2. Shockwave
3. jakedog42
4. 714Day
5. Brecht
6. Zwenkau
7. Joe Bacon
8. Ducktape
9. gmats
10.
Maybees:
Just Saying
Just Saying's friend
Just Saying's son
susans
otoelbc
Latest diary: LA Kossacks - Meetup, April 26, 2:00 PM - It's Political Season!
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Saturday, May 3rd

DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Joieau
4. Gordon20024
5. SteelerGrrl
6. SteelerGuy
7. GulfGal 98
8. Otteray Scribe
9. flwrightman
10. people power granny
11. eternallyvigilant
12. gulfgal98
13. cultjake
14. Nic Goodman
Maybees:
Audri
Mr Audri
Latest diary: DKos Asheville - Weekly Open Thread
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Saturday, May 10th

Boston Kossacks Attend
Singing for the Planet Concert

Tickets are $25; $20 students/seniors, proceeds benefit www.350MA.org

TIME: 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Emmanuel Church
15 Newbury Street • Boston

ORGANIZER: Send GreyHawk a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. GreyHawk
2. HawkWife
3. WarrenS
Maybees:
Latest diary: Next BosKos Meetup - Sat 12 Apr at the Cafe Barada
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Tuesday, May 13th

SFKossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet
for LeftOfYou & Expat Okie

TIME: 11:00 AM, Early lunch!
LOCATION: Yank Sing
Rincon Center, 101 Spear St. • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. LeftOfYou
3. Expat Okie
4. side pocket
5. Justice Putnam
6. dharmasyd
7. Lorikeet
8. jpmassar
Maybees:
annieli
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Saturday, May 24th

Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send John Crapper a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. John Crapper
2.
3.
Maybees:
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
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Wednesday, July 16th

Annual Cheers & Jeers Dinner to Kick-Off NN14, Kossacks Only

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: TBD
TDB • Detroit

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to RSVP.

RSVPs:
1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
3. smileycreek
4. paradise50
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
7. norm
8. maggiejean
9. Shockwave
10. a gilas girl
11. susans
12. Sara R
13. belinda ridgewood
14. sidnora
15. Mr. sidnora
16. thankgodforairamerica
17. brillig
18. mik
19. K1
20. loggersbrat
21. Dave in Northridge
22. 714day
23. NormAl1792
24. texasmom
25. texasdad
26. a gilas girl
27. peregrine kate
28. provokingmeaning
29. justiceputnam
30. tmservo433
31. Mark E Andersen
32. Son of Mark E Andersen
Daily Kos Staff:
1. Markos Moulitsas
2. Susan Gardner
3. Will Rockafellow
4. Meteor Blades
5. Joan McCarter
6. Faith Gardner
7. Laura Clawson
8. Chris Bowers
9. navajo
10.
11.
12.

33. winkk
34. theRoaringGirl
35. shermanesq
36. Doggie269
37. shanikka
38. jakedog42
39. ramara
40. skohayes
41. DebtorsPrison
42. gmats
43. Adam Blomeke
44. LuLu
45. Chicklette
46. PerfectStormer

Maybees: N in Seattle, Turbonerd

Latest diary: Connect! Unite! Act! ATTN: DC, Tucson & Seattle Meet-up Info! +Q: Roll Call, Are You Attending NN14?



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Friday, July 18th

Daily Kos Detroit VA Hospital Service Project

Sara R delivers 65 quilts, hand knit scarves and hats, books, 65 teddy bears, hand made greeting cards, and phone cards from the DK Quilt Guild, WAYWO, the Readers & Book Lovers, IGTNT and individual Kossacks to the nursing home at the Detroit VA Hospital. This is a wonderful project that many people can be involved with even if they don't attend the convention. If you care about veterans in a nursing home this is your project. Please volunteer to help.

DELIVERY TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Volunteer Office of the Detroit VA Hospital
4646 John R St. • Detroit

ORGANIZER: Send Sara R a Kosmail to participate in making the gifts and/or deliver them.

RSVPs to help deliver gifts:
1. Sara R
2. NormAl1792
3. Winifred
Maybees:
Latest diary: DK Quilt Guild: What Inspires You?



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Plenary Session Tables during the rest of the Convention

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to have a seat reserved for you in the main ballroom of the convention center for the big events. These table will be there so we can all find each other as a group. The seating is not assigned. You can float from table to table. I'm counting to see how many tables I need to reserve.

Cheers & Jeers Table:
1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
3. brillig
4. mik
5. K1
6. loggersbrat
7. N in Seattle
8.
9.
10.
Motor City Kossacks:
1. peregrine kate
2. provokingmeaning
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
SFKossacks Table:
1. navajo
2. Meteor Blades
3. smileycreek
4. paradise50
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
7. norm
8. maggiejean
9. Jeff in CA
10. Mrs. Jeff in CA
SFKossacks Table II:
1. a gilas girl
2. justiceputnam
3. Sara R
4. DebtorsPrison
5. tmservo433
6. shanikka
7. Dragon5616
8.
9.
10.
Los Angeles Table:
1. Shockwave
2. susans
3. Dave in Northridge
4. gmats
5. 714day
6. jakedog42
7.
8.
9.
10.
New York Table:
1. sidnora
2. Mr. sidnora
3. belinda ridgewood
4. thankgodforairamerica
5. Dee Oliver-Velez
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Maybees:
kjoftherock, angry marmot, boran2, Turbonerd, northerntier, northerntier's SO,
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