Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’

So this one time I moved to a city across the pond whose name stateside is more commonly associated with school lunches and motorized over-sized wieners.  There I made use of a camera obtained via an amazon.com fluke that turned $895 into $89.50 (friendly advice: should this happen to you, order immediately, select overnight shipping).  I “captured” the people and places that fluttered into and, subsequently, out of my life, in a somewhat artistic fashion.

exhibit a

exhibit b

exhibit c

Upon moving back, I visited the friendly people at a reputable photographic institution (with a silly website), slogged through 1,000 plus images to select the winners, and paid the big bucks to get them printed on some quality paper.  Voila! the primary ingredients for a wall art expressionistic explosion that now “adorns” my wall after a semi-manic night of nostalgia, scissors and scotch tape (and, actually, graph paper and matches).

But, to give myself some credit, I didn’t just decide to tape pictures on my wall and call it art.  There was inspiration: a poem! and this whole long post’s point is twofold: (1) to encourage you to make your own wall art so I’m not the only one, and– more importantly– (2) to get you to read this awesome poem that so moved me to creation and (2b) to alert you to the fab publication that brought it to my attention, which can also subsequently provide you with fodder/”inspiration” for your own DIY masterpiece collages.

Working backwards… allow me to introduce you to Lapham’s Quarterly!

nice to meet you, too!

It comes out (no surprises here) four times a year and each issue is carefully curated around a theme like Money, War, or Travel (my favorite). Fiction and nonfiction selections & illustrations are pulled from 1000 BC to the present.  Expect authors from Jack Kerouac to Socrates putting in their two cents on an experience, concept, or feeling related to the topic at hand.  The result is a history of meditations on a theme. FABULOUS for your inner philosophizer!  AND the sidebars are often cheeky, abbreviated histories, maps, travelogues… organized miscellanea at its best! You can access some of their back issues here, but it’s worth it to get a subscription or  back order a single issue whose theme intrigues you.  By the way, Lapham is the former editor of the other, more commercial manual of organized miscellanea, Harper’s.

So! There I was, re-reading the Travel issue, getting all inspired, when I came across this perfectly lovely poem that in a parallel universe I would have tattooed on me.  I’ve picked out my fave lines, but please read the entire poem here, courtesy of Lapham’s.  Enjoy! And go make some wall art!

“Not Too Late to Seek a Newer World”

I cannot rest from travel: I will drink

Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy’d

Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those

That loved me, and alone…

For always roaming with a hungry heart

Much have I seen and known; cities of men

And manners, climates, councils, governments,

Myself not least, but honour’d of them all;

And drunk delight of battle with my peers,

Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.

I am a part of all that I have met…

…Come, my friends,

‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

Push off, and sitting well in order smite

The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds

To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths

Of all the western stars, until I die.

It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:

It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,

And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.

Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

-Alfred Lord Tennyson, from “Ulysses”



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Because I liked the “analogy” of a poem barreling through the sky like god’s wrath towards a poor farm girl.  And I’m impressed with Gilbert’s style of speaking – no note cards necessary.  Plus all the other stuff.. 





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