â€œWe can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.â€â€•Thornton Wilder
â€œWonderful to be hereâ€â€”Walt Whitman
Thatâ€™s Thornton Wilder and Walt Whitman, and this is Professor Barbara Mossberg, with Producer Zappa Johns, and youâ€™re at
HERE FOR THE PRESENT, for the Poetry Slow Down, the news you need, the news you heed, the news without which men die miserably every dayâ€”a good shoeâ€”if the show fits, hear it! :
Our #POETRYSLOWDOWN always says we areÂ the news you need, the news you heed, the news â€œwithout which men die miserably every dayâ€ (Wm. Carlos Williams).Â Â We areÂ the news between the headlines, fast-breaking, late-breaking, heart-breaking news; we are the heart-making news. Here we hear a case where the headline, late-breaking, heart-breaking news and poetryâ€™s news converge, as we make an homage to the man who put his heart and poetic feet in his mouth and made food and language exuberant art forms: Anthony Bourdain, whose life ended in France this week. We cannot know his sorrows or life anguish, as much as he was in our public eye, televised daily in his out-sized anthropologist fearless foodie role invoking stunt-like stories about food-making, but we can cherish his working life as a writerâ€”fearless and fierce and open and joyous.
In a dark time, the eye begins to see, I meet my shadow
in the deepening shade; I hear my echo in the echoing woodâ€”A lord of nature weeping to a tree. I live between the heron and the wren, beasts of the hill and serpents of the den. Whatâ€™s madness but nobility of the soul at odds with circumstance? The dayâ€™s on fire! I know the purity of despair, my shadow pinned against a sweating wall. That place among the rocksâ€”is it a cave, or winding path? The edge is what I have. A steam storm of correspondences! A night flowing with birds, a ragged moon, and in broad day theÂ midnightÂ come again! A man goes far to find out what he isâ€”death of the self in a long, tearless night, all natural shapes blazing unnatural light. Dark, dark my light, and darker my desire. My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly, keeps buzzing at the sill. Which I is I? A fallen man, I climb out of my fear. The mind enters itself, and God the mind, and one is One, free in the tearing wind.