Mobile Photography – Saturday Poetry – ‘Dream Song 100’ by John Berryman

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I am introducing a new section, simply titled, Saturday Poetry. Each Saturday I will publish a poem and I will also try to link a mobile photography image, that has been uploaded to our Instagram hashtag #theappwhisperer during the week.

Today, I am publising “Dream Song 100″ by John Berryman, he would have been 101 this year, had he lived. One of the things most people know about him is that he did not. He killed himself at 57 – after a lifetime of chaos, alcoholism, mental illness and extremely hard work.  Have you watched someone dying from alcoholism? I can’t express how hard it is...

Berryman’s only novel was about an alcoholic drying out. It was called Recovery, and it wasn’t finished because he didn’t. On 7 January 1977 Berryman walked along the outside of the covered Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis, climbed on the railing, leaned out and let go. Some accounts had it that he made a gesture something like waving goodbye.

Source: FamousPoetsandPoems.com

I have matched @trishg61 – Patricia Geyer’s image “Silence of the Lambs…” with this poem. You can follow her on Instagram here and you can learn more about her work here.

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Mobile Photography – Saturday Poetry – “The Silent Lover” by Walter Raleigh

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I am introducing a new section, simply titled, Saturday Poetry. Each Saturday I will publish a poem and I will also try to link a mobile photography image, that has been uploaded to our Instagram hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today I am publising “The Silent Lover” by Walter Raleigh. To be in love and to say nothing about it – this seems to me the most elegant (and perhaps the only sensible) form of romantic attachment. Walter Raleigh’s “The Silent Lover” keeps its own counsel, eloquently.

Source:
The Oxford Book of English Verse.
Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1919. 102-103.

I have matched @carolynoneillphoto‘s image “I have loved you for a thousand years…” with this poem. You can follow her on Instagram here and you can learn more about her work here.

To view the others we have published in this section, go here.

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Saturday Poetry – Physical

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I love poetry, I love words, pictures, music, people and the combination of these is the utmost thrill to me.

I am introducing a new section, simply titled, Saturday Poetry. Each Saturday I will publish a poem from a new and wonderful book, with a link if you wish to purchase the entire thing. Just a little something extra to enjoy the weekend.

To view the others we have published in this section, go here.

Source: Andrew McMillan Poet

This weekend I am publishing a poem entitled ‘Finally’ by Andrew McMillan from his book, Physical. To place an order, go here.

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Saturday Poetry – My Father’s Wardrobe

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I love poetry, I love words, pictures, music, people and the combination of these is the utmost thrill to me.

I am introducing a new section, simply titled, Saturday Poetry. Each Saturday I will publish a poem from a new and wonderful book, with a link if you wish to purchase the entire thing. Just a little something extra to enjoy the weekend.

To view the others we have published in this section, go here.

This weekend I am publishing a poem entitled ‘My Father’s Wardrobe’. This poem was created by Pascale Petit and is featured in her book Fauverie (2014). This book was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and is described by the author below:

“This poem grew from my admiration of Peter Redgrove‘s exuberant poem ‘Wardrobe-Lady‘. I wanted to write my own version of a person conjured through surreal clothes, to portray my elusive father who I only got to know in the last two years of his life.

My poem draws on scraps of information I managed to elicit from my father and from writings by my mentally ill mother about their brief lives together in Paris in the early 50s. It appears he was quite a playboy. After his death I found that one of the places he’d resided when he was older was the Argonautes Hotel in the rue de la Huchette, frequenting the jazz cellars there, and then in the Hotel Notre-Dame, overlooked by gargoyles. In his youth he’d boarded in a pension in St-Germain-des-Prés, where Django Reinhardt was a neighbour”.

Source: The Guardian

I have published the poem below and would love to read your comments and perhaps your interpretations of this and your descriptions of your father…

To order the book Fauverie, please go here.

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Saturday Poetry

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I love poetry, I love words, pictures, music, people and the combination of these is the utmost thrill to me.

I am introducing a new section, simply titled, Saturday Poetry. Each Saturday I will publish a poem from a new and wonderful book, with a link if you wish to purchase the entire thing. Just a little something extra to enjoy the weekend. Last weekend I published a poem by Andrew McMillian – Jacob with the Angel, from his book Physical. Raw and urgent, these poems are hymns to the male body – to male friendship and male love – muscular, sometimes shocking, but always deeply moving, here’s a link to that.

This week I am publishing a poem called ‘Silentium’ by Fyodor Tyutchev and translated by Robert Chandler. It is from The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, see here.

Source: AllPoetry.com

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Saturday Poetry

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I love poetry, I love words, pictures, music, people and the combination of these is the utmost thrill to me.

I am introducing a new section, simply titled, Saturday Poetry. Each Saturday I will publish a poem from a new and wonderful book, with a link if you wish to purchase the entire thing. Just a little something extra to enjoy the weekend.

Today, I am publishing a poem by Andrew McMillian – Jacob with the Angel, from his book Physical. Raw and urgent, these poems are hymns to the male body – to male friendship and male love – muscular, sometimes shocking, but always deeply moving. We are witness here to an almost religious celebration of the flesh: a flesh vital with the vulnerability of love and loss, to desire and its departure. In an extraordinary blend of McMillan’s own colloquial Yorkshire rhythms with a sinewy, Metaphysical music and Thom Gunn’s torque and speed – ‘your kiss was deep enough to stand in’ – the poems in this first collection confront what it is to be a man and interrogate the very idea of masculinity. This is poetry where every instance of human connection, from the casual encounter to the intimate relationship, becomes redeemable and revelatory.

Source: KimMorePoet

Kindle edition $7.28/£4.68/download

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