Here’s a reading by actor Matthew Mcfadyen to end William Carlos Williams week. My reading of this poem was just as good. But the video is a nice touch.
First of all, I wanted to go into more detail on yesterday’s post. Maybe I’ll do some Robert Frost analysis and the talk about the song too. I’ll get back to that later. It really was hard to pick only four. And we considered poets such as Robert Frost, Edgar Lee Masters, Emily Dickison, EE Cummings, Theodore Roethke,Langston Hughes, Mary Oliver, Sharon Olds and more that I’m forgetting to mention right now. But we wanted a good variety and we tried to get that. For now enjoy some readings of poems by the official poet of the week, William Carlos Williams.
Did you know that William Carlos Williams was a pediatrician?
The Monkey hatched a plan for National Poetry Month. He and I would pick four poets, one for each week, and record some poems by each. In years past, I have recorded a poem each day. The first year, in 2012, all of them were on YouTube. This took far more time than I had bargained for. Aside from work, nobody saw me the entire month of April that year. In 2013, I decided to mix it up and record a few on YouTube and more on SoundCloud. You can find all of the poems from both years, by searching here on this blog.
Suffice it to say, I like Micah’s plan better. It wasn’t easy selecting only four poets, but then we both like recording, so we knew we’d do more in time anyway. And there…
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So the Dad Poet and I will be posting poems by 4 different poets this month (National Poetry Month). You better appreciate this because we’re not very good at it. Anyway, I have 3 poems by William Carlos Williams here. Listen to them below and your day might become 10 times better…maybe.
Today’s Tuesday Tune is by the band The Menzingers (I don’t know why they’re called that) from the electric city (I don’t know why it’s called that) Scranton. Anyway, enjoy!
Today, I just want to pull you away from the news sites and have you cuddle up with me for a bit while we listen to one of my favorite bands. I know how stressful following the Twitter and Facebook feeds can be. And I know how torn we are between the need to stay informed and the desire to throw weighty objects at politicians on the TV screen. Every email in your inbox seems to imply that the world will end if you don’t do something right now.
“Nobody knows how to get back home . . . “
I assure you, there is some balance to be found somewhere between being a concerned citizen, engaged in politics, and just allowing yourself to enjoy what comforts we humans have…
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Jason Reynolds’ blog made me aware that today is World Poetry Day. So, I decided why not record a reading of one of my favorite poems in the world today. So, here it is:
This Is Just To Say
BY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold