Spotlight on Poetry that makes me think and feel

Picture Collage is made from pictures of https://www.poets.org/. From the top right: Maya Angelou, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman. 

For many years I have written various types of poetry but this year I hope to read more of other poets so here is some selections of what I have discovered. All of my selections are from famous poets to encourage you to explore more poetry.

Maya Angelou has always been an inspiring figure to me through her multitudes of work in various areas that have made the world a better place. From poetry to activism in civil rights she has done so much for generations to come. “Phenomenal Women” is a well known poem of hers that cements her image as a foremost feminist. A major feature of her style that I love is how she makes her poems accessible to all meaning that it is not too complex or high brow. A clean simple anthem for any young girl or women to enjoy.

Edgar Allen Poe is a famous writer known for his horror/creepy stories and poems. I actually have a full book of his, but I have not read most of it. Edgar Allen Poe Book CoverHere are three ones I enjoyed from what I have read so far. First is the well known “Raven“, that as an animal is often used to represent Poe. I loved the cadence of the lines and the mix of repetition and an odd lines to pique the reader’s interest. Also I kind of dislike very descriptive poetry because it seems unnecessary or written to fill up space but Poe uses words carefully. Each one evokes a specific image especially in the setting. The other one the I had to share was “Serenade“. This poem hits me on a personal level because one of my first real poems was one called “Night” which described my view of a starry night.

The welcoming cover,

Of the night,

Stars light up,

The Darkened sky,

When most are at bed,

I lay awake,

At this mystical time,

I take in,

The night that makes,

Everything anew,

Deafening silence,

Large shadows creeping,

With a cool breeze,

I reflect upon,

The past day,

And the day to come,

Oh night,

What a beautiful time.

 

It seems so simplistic and childish now but it did get an honorable mention. I enjoy the Serenade’s sentiment which struck me after reading a series of Poe’s love letters to various ladies even though this one does include a mention to a love called Adeline. I love the line, “And on the spectral mountain’s crown.” A eloquent piece of admiration. My last selection is “Eldorado” which describes an explorer’s quest for finding “El Dorado.” The endless journey is aptly described by Poe and was fitting for me because I had just watched the movie, El Dorado. The movie has the opposite plot but of course has the same idea of thirst for gold.

Walt Whitman is through and through an American poet. I knew I had to read “O Captain! My Captain!O Captain! My Captain!” because it is such an iconic line and I wanted to read and digest it fully. For those of you who do not know the poem was written after Lincoln’s death. It is a beautiful poem that shares compassionate sentiments about the struggle that Abe succeeded and the sadness that his assassination cut his life short.  The allegory of real life to sailing perfectly describes the emotion and events that had occurred.

Emily Dickinson is known as a famous recluse whose poems were published after her death.  Her name has such recognition that I had to read some of her work. I would like to highlight her poem called “I’m Nobody! Who are You?“. It expresses her sentiment about how she likes to be a ‘nobody’. The short and simple stanzas tell a unique view of being famous.

So that has been what poems I read and enjoyed recently. Please comment below with your suggestions for me to explore.

 

 

 

 

 

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Proper Picks

I’ve decided to start this series, Proper Picks because I think it is great to promote and share things, people, and places that make you feel something. Personally I rarely am obsessed with anything so I decided to have this to share my true favorites. I will break into various categories to reflect the contents.

For Everyone:

Stutterhug by Samantha Davies on Taptastic

This comic is beautifully drawn and has wonderful visual storytelling. She frequently updates with short stories that feature no words but communicate a lot of meaning.  On her tumbler she also posts colorful sketches as featured above. Additionally on mobile, if you swipe fast enough it appears to be a colorful animation.  It can be interpreted to have deep meanings or can be appreciated as cute stories.

Avocado Toast by Ingrid Nilsen on YouTube

I love Ingrid’s upbeat and positive videos and this recipe demonstration is actually the first that I made a recipe inspired by a YouTube video. I personally find most recipes often have many ingredients I do not have or take a lot of time and effort however the avocado toast recipes is so simple and delicious. I now eat this often as it is a tasty meal that is on the healthy side.

Bomber Jackets

An item that I have wanted for years but never got and now that it is a popular trend I feel it is too late. Anyways I love the jackets because there are so versatile and there are so many variations to choose form. From colorful, patch-filled, vintage ones to  sleek and monochromatic ones there is a jacket for everyone.

For thinkers:

New Age Creators on YouTube

The channel is a diverse group of creative people who express thoughtful ideas through their videos. The main contributors are Ana Marta, OrinsEyes, Marie Jacquemin, Chase vs Everything, and Croque’s Corner. Their expression is conscious, beautiful, and has multiple perspectives due to the various members. Very artsy and more importantly meaningful. An important small YouTuber collaboration to watch for.

Will Darbyshire‘s videos on YouTube

Though he has only been on YouTube since 2014, he has created memorable and thoughtful content. So far he has created sixty-one different videos that convey empowering and relatable ideas. Will is in the process of producing his first book called, This Modern Love which demonstrates his brand wonderfully. I tend to binge watch many of his videos in a row when getting inspiration for writing.

Mitchell Davis‘s Music on Soundcloud

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Though Mitchell Davis in known more from his YouTube videos and acting, I have him on my first Proper Picks because of his music. Every once and a while he will drop some experimental  tunes on soundcloud. Listening to them evokes  something within because I have not listened to anything like it.  I would totally recommended it if you like weird lyric-less music.

For the T.V Show lovers:

Grace and Frankie on Netflix

One of the new original series featured on Netflix, it revolves around Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) who have both become divorced by their husbands because both of the men are in love with each other. For me this is a first because I usually do not like drama however this show changed that genre in my eyes. The right amount of humor and seriousness leads it to be an enthralling show. There are many ways to appreciate the show from the diverse representation, women talking about things other than men, and the pleasant depiction of old people. I also find that the dynamic of the characters of Bud and Coyote kind of remind me of Sean and Gus from Psych. I just finished the second season and though I feel that it ends with Grace and Frankie being unlikable and ridiculous it still is a show worth watching.

Be Cool, Scooby Doo

The twelfth version of the classic show, Scooby-Doo, Where are You?, it departs from the usual tropes. I had grown up watching the different variations of the show. The main points to note when watching is that they were trying to not focus on the romantic parings at all, it takes place after their senior year, it has more of a comedic tone after the last dark incarnation, and a change in art style. Many have complained about the drastic appearance change however I feel it makes sense considering the new tone of the show. A big disclaimer is that the mysteries are not hard to figure. Yes, I know I am old to be watching a cartoon show however there are too few characters for it to be challenging to solve on your own. Though that may seem a big issue it is actually fine because it is the humor of that show that makes me keep watching.

Parks and Recreation

 

Most of you have probably heard of the show however but since it reached Netflix I have renewed my love for the show. To be truthful I have not watched the last season because I am saving it for when I feel down. Though based on The Office’s documentary format it takes it and spins it on its head due to lovable characters and hilarious situations. The couples throughout the season made me emotionally involved but of the show my true OTP has to be Leslie and Ben. I think one of my favorite parts of the show is that the main cast of characters care for each other which is different from most T.V shows that revolve around drama around envy or hate. Overall a light-hearted show with good messages that showcases the wonderful talents of Amy Poehler.  (Also Poehler’s book Yes, Please is hilarious and hearty)

That’s the end of these favorites. I hope you enjoyed. Please comment below with some suggestions of your favorites because I am always looking for new things to love. ❤

Literary Spotlight: Agatha Christie

For many years I have enjoyed reading but especially mystery. Cam Jansen Mysteries, Nate the Great, The Boxcar Children, A to Z Mysteries,   Encyclopedia Brown, and Nancy Drew were a few my reads as a child. When I matured in my selections, I sought to find clever novels with intricate plots however I disliked the huge amounts of violence and sometimes too serious nature that were apparent in modern best sellers. Discovering the hidden to me yet famous name of Agatha Christie whose work in crime fiction has impacted the genre for years, made me especially hooked to the mystery plots. Ever since I have devoured every book of hers I could land my hands on, even adding many to my book collection. Her  books are always exciting to read because they often have twist endings or imaginative solutions. Her unique characters make you enthralled by the plot and the process of solving with their special quirks. Miss Marple spunky independence and Hercule Poirot’s particular sensibilities makes their cases a fun read.

For those who have never heard of her, Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime Fiction and holds the title of best selling novelist of all time and is only out sold by Shakespeare and the Bible.  She was apart of the illustrious Detection Club of writers and also has written the longest running play called, The Mousetrap.A Murder is Announced book photo

The first book I read of hers was A Murder was Announced, which was an interesting choice because it did not include her signature and most famous character Poirot, instead it featured the sweet Miss Marple. I had picked it up at a train station and was looking for any mystery that would entertain me. I was engrossed by the plot and finished the book in one sitting. A couple of years of later I made a fake trailer for that book for a class.

The novel is very inventive and clever due to its use of various of plot devices. I loved the unique characters and unpredictable story line. It features historical elements of the era and some jolly fun humor. Miss Marple is shown as a quick wit dear that helps the poor inspector solve the puzzling case.

The book that epitomized the amazement I have for mystery fiction is  in the book of And Then There Were None. It is the book that has been adapted numerous times in different medias and is considered her masterpiece. It is marked apart because of the absence of a detective and the unusual plot. The success of this novel can be validated with the title of the world’s best selling mystery novel and seventh best selling overall. I would be surprised if any reader knew the ending before reading the epilogue. The novel explores the depths of theme of justice and morality and is one of the most serious in her collection. Though based on a black face song it holds such literary importance that it will be hold in great regard for years to come. Recently it was adapted loosely last Boxing Day on BBC 1 in a risque version of the story.

Last year, I read The Life and Times of Hercule Poirot by Annie Hart which examined the character that was featured in her most prominent books. It pulls information from various places to reveal a guide that will interest any fan of hers. I particularly liked the behind the scenes view of Christie’s character development including how she actually grew to hate the “insufferable man”. Every chapter gives more insight into his relationships and character.

Presently, I have read almost every book she wrote (excluding her romantic novels as I found them saddening) and am now looking for a series to fill that void. Her work will always hold a place in my bookshelf.

I would recommend any book as a great place to begin, except of course the last book, Curtain which is best saved for last.  If you enjoy a cozy and wholesome mystery or an intrigued-filled murder there is novel for you in her reptoire. At any rate, you know about or more about a dame whose literary importance is timeless. I am looking for new authors to read so write some suggestions in the comments below.

New Beginnings

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.”-Horace

For me this start has been a long time coming. I have wanted this to happen for years but it never came to term. To introduce what I want to create in this space, I will simply say that I want to express my thoughts through words and images. In the close future I will focus on books, writing, and art. Hopefully it will relieve me of my constant habit of suppressing or staying quiet about how I view, feel, or understand the world. In the process I want to bring attention to things that matter to me.

A new journey begins for me today. A sunrise marks it for me.

 

 

Picture taken of Dale Chihuly’s glass sculpture.