To music of Counting Crows, Lady Gaga covering Carol King (â€œYouâ€™ve Got a Friendâ€â€”and you do), Billy Joel â€œPiano Manâ€ at Shea Stadium the night before its demise, Boys to Men â€œEnd of the Road,â€ and the dulcet pipes of Dr. B singing â€œyou are my sunshineâ€ and â€œlet me call you sweetheart,â€ weâ€™re gathering round the PoetrySlowDown campfire as we always have, to hear poetry in days of 9-11, concerned as we are with developments in the world. We need each other, as we always have, and turn to Homer, Rumi, Jane Hirshfield, Pablo Neruda, the Tupelo Press 30-30 Poets Team for September, Mark Twain, Douglas Adams, Rilke, Shakespeare; taking heart from Star Trekâ€™s â€œsurvival is insufficient,â€ and Emily St. John Mandelâ€™s Station Eleven which holds that in lifeâ€™s extremities only the greatest art will do, and has a roving tattooed gang performing King Lear (and a symphony orchestra) amid the ruins of civilization. We explore how Lear informs all these poems and books, and Rumi (and Homer) were there first, to know how kind is Â¾ kin, how we belong to each other and our earth, and how the answer is love and peaceâ€”as always, and now more than ever.
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