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Have you ever memorized a favorite piece of poetry?
I'm hiding, I'm hidingHiding 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.
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...
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.,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.
"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?" ...
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 hearI 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.
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."
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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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:
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:
L-R: mlharges, bleeding blue, Ojibwa, Ms. bleeding blue, ReasonableGunsPlz, John Crapper's Girl, EagleOfFreedom, John Crapper, RickEagle, Momomia, N in Seattle
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:
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:
L-R: Back row: pwoodford, DaNang65, Azazello, itzadryheat, rasbobbo
Front row: ItsAMathJoke, drnatrl, sneakers563, chloris creator, Desert Rose
The LAKossacks welcome shanikka to their fair city. Many people attend. Here are few photos:
L-R: moore musings and shanikka
L-R: Former Chicagoan Now Angeleno and bruinkid
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:
L-R: mimi, kim (wife of olliegarkey), olliegarkey, webgenie and Chacounne
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!
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.
Latest diary: NYC Meetup, This Friday 4/25, with Very Special Guest!!!
2. Scottie Thomaston, aka indiemcemopants
4. Its the Supreme Court Stupid
6. Design the Future
8. Son of Broccoli
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.
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!
Latest diary: Pres. Carter in Cahoots with Indians and Cowboys - Update on April 26 NoKXL March
2. peregrine kate
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.
Latest diary: LA Kossacks - Meetup, April 26, 2:00 PM - It's Political Season!
1. Dave in Northridge
7. Joe Bacon
Just Saying's friend
Just Saying's son
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.
Latest diary: DKos Asheville - Weekly Open Thread
7. GulfGal 98
8. Otteray Scribe
10. people power granny
14. Nic Goodman
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.
Latest diary: Next BosKos Meetup - Sat 12 Apr at the Cafe Barada
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.
3. Expat Okie
4. side pocket
5. Justice Putnam
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.
Latest diary: [Waiting for linked diary]
1. John Crapper
Wednesday, July 16th
Annual Cheers & Jeers Dinner to Kick-Off NN14, Kossacks Only
TIME: 6:00 PM
TDB • Detroit
ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to RSVP.
Latest diary: Connect! Unite! Act! ATTN: DC, Tucson & Seattle Meet-up Info! +Q: Roll Call, Are You Attending NN14?
1. Common Sense Mainer
2. Bill in Portland Maine
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
10. a gilas girl
12. Sara R
13. belinda ridgewood
15. Mr. sidnora
21. Dave in Northridge
26. a gilas girl
27. peregrine kate
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
43. Adam Blomeke
Maybees: N in Seattle, Turbonerd
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.
Latest diary: DK Quilt Guild: What Inspires You?
RSVPs to help deliver gifts:
1. Sara R
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
7. N in Seattle
Motor City Kossacks:
1. peregrine kate
2. Meteor Blades
5. side pocket
6. Mrs. side pocket
9. Jeff in CA
10. Mrs. Jeff in CA
SFKossacks Table II:
1. a gilas girl
3. Sara R
Los Angeles Table:
3. Dave in Northridge
New York Table:
2. Mr. sidnora
3. belinda ridgewood
5. Dee Oliver-Velez
kjoftherock, angry marmot, boran2, Turbonerd, northerntier, northerntier's SO,
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