(9/2/00 12:06:08 am)
|Fairy tale poetry|
Just a quick note to say that
we've posted two great new fairy tale poems by Midori Snyder and
Carrie Miner in the Coffee House section of the Endicott Studio
Plus a new article by Heinz Fenkl, new art and other things.
(9/6/00 1:28:00 pm)
|Re: Fairy tale poetry|
Karen and Midori-
I love the poems! Hauntingly beautiful ( I say that a lot, but those are the ones I'm most drawn to) and direct- drives at the heart of this reader- and many others I'm sure! Well done!
PS- I just got a chance to finish reading Ellen's article on Terri's art- also wonderful! And the art is breathtaking! I especially love the concept of sewing a collage- very interesting! Bravo all!
Edited by Kerrie at: 9/9/00
(9/9/00 5:36:25 pm)
Hey folks, there's a terrific new book out with fairy tale and mythic poetry, highly recommended:
The World's Wife by Scottish author Carol Ann Duffy. It has one of my favorite poems of hers,
"Mrs. Beast," plus many others that I've never read before...absolutely smashing. Here's a taste:
...Myself, I came to the House of the Beast
no longer a girl, knowing my own mind,
my own gold stashed in the bank,
my own black horse at the gates
ready to carry me off with one false word,
one false move, one dirty look.
But the Beast fell to his knees at the door
to kiss my hand with his mongrel lips -- good --
showed by tears in his bloodshot eyes
that he knew he was blessed....
-- from Mrs. Beast by Carol Ann Duffy
...I lost both shoes
but got there, wolf's lair, better beware. Lesson one that night,
breath of the wolf in my ear, was the love poem.
I clung till dawn to his thrashing fur, for
what little girl doesn't dearly love a wolf?
-- from Little Red-Cap by Carol Ann Duffy
Lord, does poetry get any better than this? < g >
PS: Thanks for your comments on the art show, Kerrie.
(9/10/00 11:18:22 am)
|Fairy Tale Poetry|
Wow, Terri! I've been meaning to poke around the Endicott site for a while now, and this post finally got me to do it. I didn't know you were an artist as well as a writer.
I'm not normally much of a poetry reader, especially when the poems are
blocks of text
But all the stuff here, formal structure and less so, is just splendid!
I especially liked Carrie's poem because the "youngest brother who got left with a wing" has always been one of my favorite characters. I did a model of him, which I may use in an animation someday. I notice that this poem and your "Brother and Sister" poem have the same theme: that the boys in fairy tales get all the fun. The poems got me to thinking about how I read the stories as a child; I always identified with the enchanted male characters, not with the females. Of course, my dad taught me bow-hunting when I was eleven, so it never crossed my mind that I couldn't choose "speed and horn and hoof" if I wanted to. Sewing, the task of the princess, was something I taught myself, much later.
I have a confession to make: reading all this fine poetry gave me an urge to write poetry of my own. I've always been a writer, but I've been afraid of writing poetry. Now, several days and ten poems later, I'm starting to gain a bit of confidence. (Husband sez: 'You sure you're not pregnant or something?') The results are quirky. Writing poetry feels to me like having Tourette's syndrome; I open my mouth, but I have no idea what's going to come out.
Thanks for posting this link, Terri!
(9/11/00 6:45:04 am)
|Re: Fairy tale poetry|
Allie -- It's interesting that you noticed a similarity. This poem is my first attempt at adult poetry. I had an idea of the story but to translate into a poetic telling I researched books on structure and closely read the poems on the Endicott site. I have Terri's Sister and Brother poem printed and pasted in my notebook. For some reason it strike a chord with me -- perhaps because I've always been wanting what it seems I can't have. How are your pieces coming along? It seems you must have a knack for writing them. It took me weeks to get this one just right.
(9/13/00 11:10:53 pm)
|poetry and inspiration|
Allie, thanks so much for your kind note. I'm so glad you've been inspired to explore a new facet of your own creativity. That's the best praise the Endicott site can have.