Monday, October 29, 2012

Poems for Hurricanes
I unexpectedly have today and tomorrow off because of Hurricane Sandy.  I don't think we're in any real danger, because we're not in zones A, B, or C, but it's always disconcerting to be in the midst of a big storm, and so I've been spending a lot of time today trying to write a poem about the great hurricanes in 1609 and 1635.  The poem isn't going well so far (in fact, no poems are going well lately, but that's another story for another day), but I have come across some interesting pieces that you might like to read if you're also a bit trapped by this storm.

Some hurricane readings (many via BigThink)
Six Shorts from the New Yorker
Storm Warnings - Adrienne Rich
The Hurricane - Hart Crane
The Hurricane - William Carlos Williams
Hatteras Calling - Conrad Aiken
Problems with Hurricanes - Victor Hernandez Cruz
Other Storms in NYC - BKMag

And here's a passage from what I think it one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written, The Tempest.

Ariel's Song (William Shakespeare)

    Come unto these yellow sands,
              And then take hands:
    Curtsied when you have, and kiss'd
              The wild waves whist,
    Foot it featly here and there;
    And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
              Hark, hark!
              The watch-dogs bark.
              Hark, hark! I hear
              The strain of strutting chanticleer
              Cry, Cock-a-diddle-dow.
    Full fathom five thy father lies;
              Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes:
              Nothing of him that doth fade,
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.
    Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
    Hark! now I hear them—Ding-dong, bell.

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