POEM of the WEEK 2015: Appreciating Poetry

Poem of the Week (via Snapping Twig) kicks off this year, as of today. The selection process this year is based on several factors – you can read more about that here. For now, please take a minute to give the Poem of the Week a look, or a second look, and give the author some admiring literary nods. POW2015-2

The poem selected for the first POW Award of 2015 is, “Death by a Canal” by, Valentina Cano.

Now, lets talk about it… First, everything down to the way the writer formatted this poem conveys its purpose, though it was a little difficult to apply online. If you’ll notice, there is both a visual and audible (when read) balance in the way the lines are structured. How it both literally and visually flows with each word, moving down as if a body of water. The greatest characteristics of this poem, in my opinion, is how uniquely creative it is while remaining simple. A quality very much sought in contemporary poetry today. Continue reading

Ray Bradbury

 

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.

See the world.

Its more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

 – Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451

Cover of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - anniversary edition

Cover of Fahrenheit 451 by, Ray Bradbury:
50th anniversary edition
Orig. Publisher: Ballantine Books

 

   

Franz Kafka

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Quote by Franz Kafka, "Letters to Milena: Expanded & Revised in A New Translation"

Margaret Atwood

Last year I abstained/ this year I devour/ without guilt/ which is also an art.

Charles Bukowski

Words weren’t dull, words were things that could make your mind hum.

If you read them and let yourself feel the magic, you could live without pain, with hope, no matter what happened to you.

Charles Bukowski
      Ham on Rye

 

(Featured) Image Credit: WikiCommons

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Excerpt from, Love in the Time of Cholera

If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Image Credit: posted via Wikimedia/ Original belongs to Patrik Tshudin
Gabriel García Márquez plaque – Rue Cujas, Paris 5. Image credit: Patrik Tschudin / Flickrphoto360

Carl Sagan

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were.
 
But without it we go nowhere.”