Visible proof that poetry can be fun--and beautiful, and charming, and sexy, and compelling, and a whole other list of adjectives!
Here are poets, poetry, poetic places, and poetic things caught on camera. If you have something you think we should share, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
The Privileged Secrets of the Arch
Composer and pianist Travis Reynolds selected six poems by YDP poet Stephen Anderson to create this composition. Says Reynolds, "Two ideas are particularly present: Earth, or humankind, and their relationship with art. Two musical ideas are also present throughout: a rhythmic riff found primarily in 'Third Planet' and 'Song of Graffiti,' and a melody in the shape of an arch, which is slowly revealed throughout the course of the cycle. You'll hear it first at the very end of the first song, and it will be unveiled in the full immediately after the titular song, in the Interlude.
Text for the composition
"Lulu Garlic, Contraband"
YPD Poet Robert Walton selected several scenes from his novel, Dawn Drums, and wove them into a stand-alone short story. He recorded it for KVPR Radio in Fresno as part of their "Valley Writers Read" program.
There are a few movies that celebrate poetry and poets. This article by Delia Cabe highlights some of them:
David Alpaugh wrote the book and lyrics for Yesteryear, about the life and times of French medieval poet François Villon. His brother, Lewis, composed the music.
Enjoy this excerpt.
Jane Beverley is a voiceover actor. Enjoy her video and vocal interpretations of several YDP poems:
A Prayer for All of Us, by Arlene Gay Levine
Equanimity, by Carolyn Chilton Casas
Famous, by Naomi Shihab Nye
Fear, by Kahlil Gibral
Hummingbird, First Thing, Birthday Morning, by Gillian Nevers
I Wish I Could Remember, by Christina Rossetti
My Horse is the Same Horse I Started With, by Dianna MacKinnon Henning
The Honor, by Shoshauna Shy
The Peace of Wild Things, by Wendell Berry
Together, by Arlene Gay Levine
Here's Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and current Poet Laureate of California, discussing the relationship between poetry and music:
"Poetry as Enchantment"
Students recite poems by YDP poet Marjorie Maddox Hafer:
Damaris shares "A Charm of Butterflies" from A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry
Maverick shares "Pitchout" from Rules of the Game
YDP Cowboy Poet Mike Moutoux reflects on ghosts of the Old West:
Spirits Still Remain
And on a favorite horse:
An interview with poet Billy Collins.
Used with permission. Produced by Big Think and recorded at the 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival.
The following are marvelous ads used in a campaign for Union Bank of Switzerland, developed by Vincenzo Travaglione and produced by Neil French.
Sir John Gielgud reciting "Ulysses" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Paul Scofield reciting "Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ben Kingsley reciting "Ozymandius" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Harvey Keitel reciting "The Cloths of Heaven" by William Butler Yeats
Alan Bates reciting "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
Maggie Smith reciting "Bag of Tools" by R. L. Sharpe
Max Ehrrman reciting "Desiderata" by Yeng Ruocheng
The home of James Whitcomb Riley in Indianapolis, IN. He lived here for the last 23 years of his life,
as a permanent houseguest of Charles and Magdalena Holstein. The house is now a museum,
with Riley's second-floor bedroom completely intact as he left it. A personally guided tour
is offered for a nominal fee, and proceeds go to the Riley Children's Foundation.
A memorial marker and a 400+-year-old tree at Joyce Kilmer National Forest in Robbinsville, North Carolina.
The 3800-acre, old-growth forest was named in honor of the poet after he was killed in action in France in World War I.
The forest features a 2-mile walking trail which is not terribly challenging, but is definitely not for the out of shape or physically impaired.