Friday, March 6, 2009

Diane di Prima: Lunch Poems

Courtesy of John Burroughs's Crisis Chronicles Online Library, by way of Facebook, here's one of our great contemporary poets, Diane di Prima, reading from the Lunch Poems series:

Speaking of Facebook, Lilliput Review now has a presence there and it has been a pleasant, informative, exhilarating experience. There is a lot to be learned, exchanged, and enjoyed for any poet or magazine/press. For anyone already there, stop by and give me a shout. For those who don't have an account, take a look. It's worth it.

Also, on the shiny, glittery Internet front, I'm starting a new project, since I don't have enough to do. Inspired by David Lanoue's use of his Kobayashi Issa archive on Twitter, the 140 character limit social networking cite, I'm going to start a Poem-a-Day Project, one from each Lilliput issue, backwards from #166 through at least #2. Today's "tweet" features the poem "she mentions ..." by M. Kei from issue #166.

Finally, something of an anomaly that I stumbled upon the other day: a two-line poem by Robert Frost. Enjoy.

The Secret Sits
We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
Robert Frost



Greg said...

weird... didn't know Frost wrote anything that short. With Facebook and now Twitter, LR's on the way to taking over the world!

Runechris said...

Love Di Prima... and really love the Frost two liner.. a really good one.

Thanks for the posts Don.

John B. Burroughs said...

Thanks for the link, Don! I'm happy UC Berkeley made that video available - and they have a whole series of them featuring the most esteemed poets of our time.

Finally, I have a reason to sign up for a Twitter account! Might have to do that soon....

John Grochalski said...

don, enjoyed the poem-a-day. immediately i got sense of frustration from the poet, as if speaking of the self or another who need only write cherry blossom to understand a medium or an art. that was initial impression of could work as well for a simplistic understanding of the world...still, it put me back for a moment.

Chris Benjamin said...

funny i was just telling someone about di prima last night. she's fantastic.

Poet Hound said...

Speaking of M. Kei, he got a hold of me through e-mail and I've been reading his wonderful book, Slow Motion The Log of a Chesapeake Bay Skipjack published by Modern English Tanka Press. So far it is delightful!

Ed Baker said...

Speaking of M. Kei:

My son's best friend now for almost 30 years

Tommie Parks of The Parks of Smith Island

at least 5 generations of crabbers, drinkers, and

is coming over to visit..

if you want to REALLY get the flavor/culture of The Chesterpeak go and rent a little house (that is yet not under water) for a week and roam this sinkin island in the middle of the bay

the visit will add so much more to M. Kei's works...

or, unable to visit?

DO try...




(Tom Horton)

Fay Chin and I (Wild Orchid, etc) and Tommie and Micah spent a
l o n ggggggggggggg week on the Island

got somewhere around here 10 or so of Fay's sketches and my (unfinished poems to go with..

surprised that I've not 'connected' with M. I guess
Old crab
Old Bay


as to Diane...

she is one of among a half dozen or so of
our National Treasures..

hey, maybe Tommie will bring up a box of soft-shells?

I'll prep 'em, fry 'em up AND buy the National Boh (natty Bo)

Diane Dehler said...

I have never heard Di Prima read and thanks for the podcast.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Seems we covered a to z on this one, veterans to newbies, Frost to di Prima, even hit the twitter ball, thanks folks. ...