links and poetry

I left rather abruptly yesterday and neglected the following links at the bottom of the post:Jordan VanHemert | Saxophone
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Afghan music school falls silent under Taliban rule By Tiffany Wertheimer

So here’s a bit of an update  on them:

Jordan VanHemert | Saxophone

Jordan is someone who was in my life for a bit. He is a great musician. He moved away. This is website.

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This is an interesting report on a study on aspirations in the population of the USA. I still haven’t read it yet but Eileen has.

Afghan music school falls silent under Taliban rule By Tiffany Wertheimer

I have read this one. This morning I ran across two Shakespeare quotes on music:

Julius Caesar describes Cassius to Marc Anthony.

“He has a lean and hungry look…” I, ii, l 194

“…. He reads much,
He is a great observer, and he looks
Quite through the deeds of men. He loves no plays,
As thou dost Anthony, Anthony, he hears no music;
He seldom smiles, and smiles in such a sort
As if he mocked himself, and scorned his spirit
That could be moved to smile at anything.” I, ii, l 204-207

from Julius Caesar

In the footnote to these lines:

“The man that hath  no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons….. Let no such man be trusted.”

Merchant of Venice, V, i, 84f

On my way to the Farmers Market this morning, I thought of these lines as I listened to a Vivaldi Oboe concerto that I played with my friend Ellen years ago.

I have several poetry books  that will be overdue this week. I have already renewed them twice. So I’m trying to finish them before Aug 31 when they are due.

Field Music by Alexandria Hall

The first one is Field Music by Alexandria Hall. This poetry is especially fine in my opinion. Here’s a rendition from her website of the last poem in the book.

Here are a few more poems also from her website:

Proximity,” Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Summer 2020

On Music,” Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Summer 2019

Dredge,” Meridian, Summer 2019

Slumber Party,” BOAAT, Nov/Dec 2016

I like all of her poetry so far. There are more links to other poems I haven’t read yet here.

Bone Seeker: Haven, Chris: 9781630450687: Books

Chris Haven is apparently a local poet. I’m not sure how I ran across him or Alexandria Hall. Neither title was in my list of books I keep so I can remember where I heard about them.

I’m not finished with Haven’s book yet, but I have found a couple poems I like.

Oops.  Time to go again..

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