What do Jesus Christ, Hugh Laurie, and George Bush have in common? Right, they all write about camels. The poetry of camelsâ€”you asked for it! Never has the Poetry Slow Down, Radiomonterey.com, podcast BarbaraMossberg.com, produced by Sara Hughes, had such listener response as to our show last week on what to make of the news, the poetâ€™s take on mishaps, including a story about an A-List actor camel named Wally (it turns out) who stomped, chased, and otherwise molested a man in his seventies and terrorized a desert town. Weâ€™ve had shows on fleas and coots, hares, elephants and owls, birds, whales, fish, lions and bears, the fox, the rooster. Bees. But camels, who knew? You could not get enough of this camel, although we presented on last weekâ€™s show the news concerning many, many topics, and so we return with a show featuring the camel–and, it turns out, a lot of minds, including Nobel Prize winners for literature, have camels on their minds. And what do camels have to do with ducks? Aha, another tricky question, whose answer is that they both are featured on our live poetry show Sunday August 31, 2014, about the end of summer, slowing down the clock, even stopping the clock, which Cicero said poetry does (48 BCE), as we commence college football season (Go Ducks). Write me at email@example.com. Letâ€™s kick those cobblestones and let the morning time shine all its petals on us!
Poems and poets discussed include but are not limited to Jennifer Grotz (â€œLate Summerâ€), the poem that got us involved in more camel shenanigans, my â€œCamel Escapes and â€˜Stompsâ€™ Man in Southern California (The Associated Press, Saturday, February 15, 2014), Rudyard Kiplingâ€™s â€œHow the Camel Got His Hump,â€ excerpts from Walt Whitmanâ€™s â€œLeaves of Grass,â€ Emily Dickinsonâ€™s â€œStrong Draughts of Their Refreshing Minds,â€ T.E. Lawrence, â€œA Poem,â€ D. H. Lawrence, â€œMy Naughty Book,â€ Alqamah ibn Abada (6th century A.D.), Hafiz, â€œFirst,â€ and â€œâ€Cast All Your Votes for Dancing,â€ Rumi, â€œThe Mouse and the Camel,â€ â€œRumi is not interested in poetry . . . ,â€ â€œCalm in the Midst of Lightning,â€ â€œSpilled Speech,â€ â€œA Mountain Nest,â€ â€œLet the Soup Simmer,â€ â€œDucks,â€ Frank Harvey, Wendell Berryâ€™s â€œThe Peace of Wild Things,â€ Mary Oliverâ€™s â€œSuch Singing in the Wild Branchesâ€ and â€œMessenger,â€ and Hayden Carruth, â€œThe Impossible Indispensability of the Ars Poetica,â€ and considering Jesus Christ, Jackie Kennedy, Hugh Laurie, D. H. Lawrence, Emerson, Cicero, W.S. Merwin, Elizabeth Bishop, Charles Tripi, Roger Ebert, George Bernard Shaw, Winston Churchill, with shout outs to Tupelo Pressâ€™ 30-30 Project and you O Listener. We have a global audience, and as we transition into Fall, some of us are slowing down into Spring, and weâ€™ll give the last word on camel lore to the Aussies, with this wonderful farewell for now, â€œMay the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits.â€ I think that says it all for now . . . .
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