OUT OF THE MUCK AND MUDDLE, MUD AND PUDDLE, WEARY BLEAK WORN BEFUDDLED LIFE, A CROCUS, A SHINING MOMENT! –DEAR MARCH, COME IN!

Emily Dickinson serves as earthling hostess for the season and our show today on March 1, for, as she says, “We like March. His shoes are purple.” Continue reading

BELLWETHERS: STUDENTS READ JAMES WRIGHT’S “I HAVE WASTED MY LIFE”:

BELLWETHERS: STUDENTS READ JAMES WRIGHT’S

“I HAVE WASTED MY LIFE”:

Good News for the Future Generations

THE POETRY SLOW DOWN with Professor Barbara Mossberg

February 22, 2015 Sunday Noon-1 pm radiomonterey.com

bell·weth·er

noun: bellwether; plural noun: bellwethers

1 the leading sheep of a flock, with a bell on its neck.

▪                     an indicator or predictor of something.”

synonyms: harbinger, herald, indicator, predictor “a bellwether of change”

What does James Wright mean when he ends his lyric lazy swing idling away an afternoon, “I have wasted my life?” With student eco-literati from the Clark Honors College, University of Oregon Emma Fager, Brian Amdur, Jordan Weems, Selena Blick, Verneet Brar, Kate Ballard, Virginia LaGrow, Hannah Lewman, Jake Bailey, eco critics Thom Gunn, Crunk aka Robert Bly, Bruce Henricksen, Dave Smith, poets Billy Collins and Mark Doty, and notes of Albert Einstein, William Blake, W.B. Yeats, and the words of James Wright himself (“what I actually meant”) and why and how they matter as we confer on this great mystery: how the way we read poetry is a harbinger of what is to come in our society, and through the lens of the people in whose hands our future lies, it’s good news.  A good news show of the news we need, the news we heed, the news “without which men die miserably every day” (William Carlos Williams).

Join me for our Poetry Slow Down, our own hammock of the mind, Produced by Sara Hughes for radiomonterey.com, I’m your professor Barbara Mossberg, bmossber@uoregon.edu

© Barbara Mossberg 2015

A TALE OF A TRAIN HORN: EARTH SURVIVAL AND ECOPOETRY, OR, WHAT’S AT STAKE IN WHAT’S WRITTEN –Little and Lot

POETRY MAKES YOU SMARTER, WISER, BETTER AT BEING HUMAN, HEALTHIER, AND MORE HAPPY: SCIENCE SAYS, HISTORY SAYS. Medical research, neuroscience studies, cultural history– from these points of view, is not all poetry ecopoetry, the poetry that connects human imagination and conscience to how we relate to earth and all life it contains? From the very beginning of human consciousness, when we picked up a twig or piece of bark or rock to scrape, scratch, etch in stone or leaf or clay a message to each other, we express our love for earth and concern for it in one extricable note across time and culture. Continue reading

Poetry Superbowl

I and you have been thinking of a poetry superbowl, an all star-team, Emily Dickinson, wide receiver (“the spreading wide my narrow hands to gather paradise”), QB, is it Emerson, calling the plays for The Poet? Yes, Walt, you’re the Center . . . You have been writing me suggestions at our facebook Barbara Mossberg’s Continue reading

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