Poetry http://wunc.org en Not So Happy Ever After http://wunc.org/post/not-so-happy-ever-after <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Walt Disney's fairy tale adaptations are known for their neat, happy endings. But in their original states, these tales were rife with darkness and despair.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Writer and poet Maureen Sherbondy embraces the gloom in her new book, "<a href="http://mainstreetrag.com/bookstore/product/concrete-fairy-tales/">Beyond Fairy Tales: Poems in Concrete &amp; Flesh</a>" (Main Street Rag Publishing Company/2014).&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">For example, </span>Sherbondy's<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Rapunzel<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> loses her hair to chemotherapy.</span></p><blockquote><p><strong>What the Prince Doesn't Know</strong></p><p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Lora, serif; font-size: 0.875em; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">By Maureen Sherbondy</em></p><p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Lora, serif; font-size: 0.875em; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline;">Two months ago the mammogram revealed<br />a lump, and days since then have passed.<br /><br />She can no longer throw her hair over the wall<br />for him to shimmy up beneath the star-scarred sky.<br /><br />In a nauseous-chemo blur, clumps of golden thread<br />fell from her head to the tower's cold stone floor.<br /><br />Still, the witch keeps her here, caged and ill, the left breast<br />completely gone. Her head a pale bald egg.<br /><br />So when the Prince yells up to her,&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Rapunzel, throw down&nbsp;your golden hair</em>, she hides beneath the sterile sheets.<br />&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:18:59 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37830 at http://wunc.org Not So Happy Ever After When Poetry And Science Collide http://wunc.org/post/when-poetry-and-science-collide <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Poet </span><a href="http://englishcomplit.unc.edu/people/shapiroa" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Alan Shapiro</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;"> says good science writing, like good poetry, asks questions and evokes a sense of wonder. His new book, "</span><a href="http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/R/bo17323008.html" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Reel to Reel</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">" (</span><a href="http://press.uchicago.edu/" style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">University of Chicago Press/2014</a><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">), takes inspiration from biology, astronomy and physics.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">The poems move between the intimately familiar and the vastly unknowable, considering both the frustrations of political hypocrisy and the mysteries of human consciousness.&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote><p><strong><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Homeric Turns, Part 2</span></strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">The gods laugh, that’s what they’re good at, laughing.</span><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">They laugh at the crippled god, his shriveled legs,</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">His hobbling, and his mother, in a little</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Shadow play of suffering at the sight of him,</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Her crippled baby, laughs the loudest, and then</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Laughs even louder when she hurls him out</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Of heaven, and he falls, and while he falls</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">The laughter echoing around him is</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">The measure of the pure unbreathable cold</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Height of the heaven he’s falling from and through,</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Hilarity of light and air, delight’s</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Effacement of everything but itself.</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">And the crippled baby tumbling to earth</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">In a charade of terror? Don’t let him</span><br style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;" /><span style="color: rgb(63, 63, 63); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">Deceive you—he’s a god—he’s laughing too.</span></p></blockquote><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:40:58 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37560 at http://wunc.org When Poetry And Science Collide Poems Of Teachers And Tigers http://wunc.org/post/poems-teachers-and-tigers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px;">Inspiration for poetry can strike anywhere, even at the Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro. A visit there sparked one of the poems in "<a href="http://www.boomerangbooks.com.au/Alloy/Larry-Johnson/book_9781625490735.htm">Alloy</a>" (2014, WordTech Communications), the latest book from Larry Johnson.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:11:34 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 34705 at http://wunc.org Poems Of Teachers And Tigers The Poets Of North Carolina: A Healer, A Student, A Teacher, A Transplant http://wunc.org/post/poets-north-carolina-healer-student-teacher-transplant <p>For National Poetry Month, we talked with four different North Carolina poets about their work and their relationship with the art form.</p><p><strong>Name:</strong> Jacinta White</p><p><strong>Location:</strong> Kernersville, NC</p><p><strong>Organization:</strong> <a href="http://www.poetryheals.com/">The Word Project</a>, using poetry workshops to help with personal and community healing.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:54:42 +0000 Phoebe Judge & Eric Mennel 34644 at http://wunc.org The Poets Of North Carolina: A Healer, A Student, A Teacher, A Transplant Young NC Poet: 'I Will Fight For My Rights To Be Black In This Crazy World' http://wunc.org/post/young-nc-poet-i-will-fight-my-rights-be-black-crazy-world <p>There is some intense poetry writing happening this month in Eastern North Carolina.&nbsp; Select groups of students are participating in the <a href="http://poetwarriorsproject.org/?cat=38">Teach for America Poet Warriors</a> project.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:02:57 +0000 Carol Jackson 34189 at http://wunc.org Young NC Poet: 'I Will Fight For My Rights To Be Black In This Crazy World' Poet Li-Young Lee Draws Influence From Chinese Classics http://wunc.org/post/poet-li-young-lee-draws-influence-chinese-classics <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">When Li-Young Lee's parents received a classical education in China, they memorized dozens of poems. As a child, he heard his parents playfully recite poem after poem to one another. Today Li-Young Lee draws much of his poetic influence from that same classical Chinese poetry.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:20:53 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 33513 at http://wunc.org Poet Li-Young Lee Draws Influence From Chinese Classics Writing About War http://wunc.org/post/writing-about-war <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font face="Tahoma,sans-serif" style="font-size: 13px;">The complexities of war do not fit neatly into a poem or a novel. Writers grapple with how to address conflict responsibly, honestly and creatively.&nbsp;An April 12th panel at the <a href="http://www.ncwriters.org/2014-01-07-18-05-50/conferences/5362-spring-conference-2014">North Carolina Writers' Network Spring Conference</a> at the <a href="http://www.uncg.edu/">University of North Carolina at Greensboro</a> will examine the challenges of writing about war.&nbsp;</font></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:56:50 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 32645 at http://wunc.org Writing About War A Poet's View Of Che Guevara http://wunc.org/post/poets-view-che-guevara <p></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">In her new book,&nbsp;</span></font><a href="http://www.dukeupress.edu/Che-on-My-Mind/"><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><u>Che On My Mind</u></span></font></a><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="http://www.dukeupress.edu/Che-on-My-Mind/">&nbsp;</a>(Duke University Press Books, 2013)&nbsp;<a href="http://margaretrandall.org">Margaret Randall</a>, renowned poet and activist, considers the power and the limitations of Che Guevara as a symbol. She will read at the Internationalist Bookstore and Community Center in Chapel Hill tonight at 7 p.m.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:10:21 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Phoebe Judge 32395 at http://wunc.org A Poet's View Of Che Guevara Jewish Poetry Set To Music http://wunc.org/post/jewish-poetry-set-music <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">Poet Yehuda Amichai is one of Israel’s most acclaimed artists. His poems explore different aspects of the Jewish faith. American poet <a href="http://www.paulpines.com/">Paul Pines</a> also examines the many components of Judaism in his work. American musical composer <a href="http://www.danielasia.net/">Dan Asia</a> set both their works to music which will be performed tonight at <a href="http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Article/83980">Elon University</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:41:33 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31478 at http://wunc.org Jewish Poetry Set To Music Poetry Meets Dance http://wunc.org/post/poetry-meets-dance <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:53:48 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 24160 at http://wunc.org Poetry Meets Dance