Monthly Archives: May 2012

More thoughts on Poetry

Poems show us that we are both more and less than human, that we’re part of the chaos, and that everything is a part of everything else. Julia Casterton

Poetry speaks to something in us that so wants to be filled. it speaks to the great hunger of the soul. Lucille Clifton

A good poem is almost always about something else, which is why they are so hard to write. Charles Causley

A poem is an approach towards a truth. but poems can be funny, witty, quirky and sly. They can be mischievous, tricksterish. Their truths don’t sound like the truths of the courtroom or inquest. Does this, then, show us something about the nature of truth? Can we say there are many truths, or, rather, many aspects of Truth? That truth itself is a shape-shifter? Kathleen Jamie

Sometimes a poem can change people’s lives, strengthen and focus people’s beliefs. And if people can change, that can change the world. Adrian Mitchell

Of course poetry is irrelevant to the “real” world of power and politics, but so is philosophy, painting, music and any other human activity where something genuine can be found. Charles Simic

All of the above taken from Being Alive edited by Neil Astley Bloodaxe Books 2004

 

 

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Film Story

Film Story is a database of films organized by region they were produced or portray, historical era, subject matter, and type of film. The home page features a map of the world; you can click on a country to see either what films were produced in that country or what films deal with that country.
The films themselves aren’t linked to the database; you will need to track down the actual films yourself. However, if you’re looking for ideas for films to show about a particular place and time, this website will help: http://www.filmstory.org
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Fantastic inspiration : Nine books on reading and writing

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/01/09/best-books-on-writing-reading/

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Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one 

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Tap tap tap : Stormy Weather The Nicholas Brothers

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PUN, PUN, PUNS

http://www.bestweekever.tv/2008-06-06/the-50-best-pun-stores

http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/photos/30-best-pun-business-names-ever

http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/the-30-best-celebrity-name-puns

http://philsantamaria.com/stay-positive/best-puns-of-all-time

http://www.buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/really-really-bad-puns#.uuKDdrR5q

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Brilliant Brain Facts Website launch

http://www.brainfacts.org/

BrainFacts.org was unveiled today. It’s “a project of the Kavli Foundation, the Gatsy Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, which launched today. It aspires to be a comprehensive, authoritative site for information about all things related to gray matter.”

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