Tag: Poetry

Are Travel Writers the New Poets (Though Not in a Good, Lyrical Way)?

Are Travel Writers the New Poets (Though Not in a Good, Lyrical Way)? iStockPhoto

Tom Swick on writers and readers in an increasingly fragmented world

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Journey to Ithaca

Journey to Ithaca iStockPhoto

Jeffrey Tayler offers a lesson on life, travel and writing

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Slideshow: A Quest for Bukowski in Las Vegas

Alec Soth got a trip to Vegas and $500 for his 40th birthday. He came home with something he’d like to sell you.

Thanks for the tip, Pam.


Finding T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’

The Guardian’s Stephen Moss visits the promenade shelter where Eliot is supposed to have written part of his most famous poem. The result is pretty grim:

There is no commemorative plaque, several panes of glass are broken or missing, and the windows on one side are emblazoned with the words FALSE TEETH in large green letters. It seems a careless way to treat the place in which the greatest poem of the 20th century was written.

Careless, true—but also strangely appropriate, don’t you think? (Via The Book Bench)


A Poetry Traveling Scholar Busts Out the Maps

Where would you go if you won a scholarship to travel for one year outside of North America? That’s the question facing former Army infantry team leader and 2010 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholar Brian Turner. He writes about his deliberations—and the gift of travel—at the New York Times Home Fires blog.


No War Re-Enactments, Please, We’re Canadian

No War Re-Enactments, Please, We’re Canadian Photo by Aschaf via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by Aschaf via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Next weekend marks the 250th anniversary of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham outside Quebec City, a decisive battle in the British and French struggle for present-day Canada—so you might expect a loud, colorful historical re-enactment, complete with muskets and period costumes. Right? Um, no. Instead, a “unifying” battlefield poetry slam is in the works. You can’t make this stuff up.


A Resuscitated Keats House Reopens

The Hampstead house where John Keats wrote “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and spent some of his final, tubercular days has reopened to the public after a two-year, $700,000 restoration. This Wall Street Journal story has some nice details about the house, and about Keats’ own literary pilgrimage to the one-time home of Robbie Burns.


Dead American Poets: The Grand Tour

Walter Skold has found a novel use for his summer vacation: traveling around the U.S. in search of the graves of poets, and tracking his efforts in a photo blog. The Book Bench offers a quick review: “There’s little in the way of written musings, but the photos do a lot of talking. Dorothy Parker’s gravestone, reflecting the glare of a harsh flash, reads: ‘For her epitaph, she suggested: ‘Excuse my Dust.’’”


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Jeffrey Tanenhaus says goodbye to his little blue book with a travel poem

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Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘Confused I Am’

Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘Confused I Am’ Photo by Red Line Films
Photo by Red Line Films

NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

Like any good Renaissance man, he’s writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.

The topic of tonight’s journey: Sambo in Russia.

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A Poet’s Last Words: Haikus for the Traveler

Sad news from the world of poetry: University of Wyoming professor and award-winning poet Craig Arnold, who disappeared last month while traveling in Japan on an arts fellowship, is now presumed dead.  Japanese rescue teams have called off their search on the assumption that Arnold fell from a cliff on the volcano where he was last seen hiking.

I’m not a huge poetry reader and hadn’t heard of Arnold before his disappearance made the news in recent weeks, but I was charmed when I read some of his recent blog entries.  The haikus he wrote to accompany his posts—some lighthearted, others contemplative—are a nice way to chronicle the Japanese experience and now resonate as the last impressions of a traveling poet.

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Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘Greater Than…’

dhani jones, new zealand Photo by Red Line Films
Photo by Red Line Films

NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

Like any good Renaissance man, he’s writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.

The topic of tonight’s journey: New Zealand.

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Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘Visions Unwritten’

Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘Visions Unwritten’ Picture: Red Line Films
Picture: Red Line Films

NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

Like any good Renaissance man, he’s writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.

The topic of tonight’s journey: Cambodia.

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Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘The Great White Caddy’

Photo by Sarah Beri, Red Line Films

NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the new Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

Like any good Renaissance man, he’s writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.

The topic of tonight’s journey: Surf life saving in Australia.







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Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘Speak’

Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘Speak’ Sarah Berl, Red Line Films
Sarah Berl, Red Line Films

NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the new Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

Like any good Renaissance man, he’s writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.

The topic of tonight’s journey: Hurling in Ireland.





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Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘The Dancing Leprechaun’

Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘The Dancing Leprechaun’ Red Line Films/Travel Channel, L.L.C.
Red Line Films/Travel Channel, L.L.C.

NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the new Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

Like any good Renaissance man, he’s writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.

The topic of tonight’s journey: Spain’s Basque Country.







The Dancing Leprechaun

In the blink of an eye, the bullet passing by, I’m amused at the compilation,
the assortment,
the distraction which is the ballet written on the granite wall.
The pelota, considered what some might suggest,
is the test,
to defy gravity and bend with the basket.
I lean on life like I lean on the court for support it keeps me lifted. My feet move quickly like a dancing leprechaun not far away searching for the pot of gold.
For in the stands mama y papa bet at hand the game they wish to unfold. The odds the bookie takes pacing the people as they consume tapas and xcholi galore.
The Basque country,
the Basque region,
its passion,
pride and legend they consider and more.
I am a man who has traveled so far to reach this point of flexibility. The ocean of San Sebastian, consider its beauty and amongst those that fight for immortality.
Yet, you can reflect while chewing chuleta. Indulge while chorizo is on the mind.
But never not now, will you ever forget that very first time. 

Makalani ‘09
Carpe Diem ...


Dhani Tackles Poetry: My Minds

Dhani Tackles Poetry: My Minds Jon Roche/Travel Channel, L.L.C.
Photo: Jon Roche/Travel Channel, L.L.C.

NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the new Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

Like any good Renaissance man, he’s writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.

The topic of his latest journey: Singapore.







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Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘For YOU and YOU and YOU ...’

dhani jones Dave Evans, Havass Sports, Courtesy of Red Line Films
Photo by Dave Evans, Havass Sports, Courtesy of Red Line Films

NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the new Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

Like any good Renaissance man, he’s writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.

The topic of tonight’s journey: England.





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Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘Dust From a Tree’

Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘Dust From a Tree’ Adam Fish/Travel Channel, L.L.C.
Adam Fish/Travel Channel, L.L.C.

NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the new Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

Like any good Renaissance man, he’s writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.

The topic of tonight’s journey: Switzerland.





Dust From a Tree

I step without sound…
Tip toe to be exact…
To silent it is…
Meandering about I encircle my challenger to ease my pain I speak quiet voices of speech…
I wrestle the unconscious thoughts of calamity reaching a Meringen paradise…
Quietly for the chance to understand and kneel before those who have done more I implore…
An aroma of clarity enters my mind, I hear the rushing water of the alps behind me as I grab a hold…
Adjusting my grasp gently tilting my head I catch a glimpse of cheese and wonder what I’m doing…
Shall I dip or will I fondue the moment…
From where my help comes from I reach to the rainy sky and let out a sigh of relief…
A second later my mouth full of dust from the trees is full and I am home…

 


Dhani Tackles Poetry: ‘The Punch’

Dhani Jones in Thailand Thom Stukas/Travel Channel, L.L.C.
Photo Thom Stukas/Travel Channel, L.L.C.

NFL linebacker and Renaissance man Dhani Jones hosts the new Travel Channel show, Dhani Tackles the Globe.

Like any good Renaissance man, he’ll be writing poems inspired by the travel experiences featured on each show.

The topic of tonight’s premiere: Muay Thai in Thailand.





The Punch

I begin with a journey a magnificent tourney around the globe to stop and see the sights ...
An inviting aroma of new things to discover a world to uncover never turning off the lights ...
It’s a challenge I tell you, to step
I beg you, into the ring I go, for the first not the last but the beginning it is for forty some odd days I will live ...
It’s the first some might say the last others might insist ...
It’s just that time ...
It’s that movement that caught you that spirit that bought you for me to unwind ...
Time and time again I just bob and weave, bob and weave and use what was given a chance to prove what was inside ...
Here’s a man
Here’s a man with the thoughts of a man that I am
Here’s a man living in a heartbeat of time trying to escape the breath and design
Up elbow, right elbow, left elbow, right kick ...
Down elbow, left kick, right punch, left hit ...
A plethora of ideas of power it takes, to control and direct to the right space it must not break ...
It must not disgrace, it must not let down for the eyes are watching me from all around ...
I’ve heard my name spoken not once not twice but the third time around ...
I heard my name ringing in my head when I looked around ...
I realized it was me repeating it time and time again ...
I realize it was me who was getting punched not them ...
On to the bell with great strides I took and put forth all the effort and with pride I was not shook ...
It was my time to use all that I was taught and leverage my voice and my mind for the ultimate thought ...
I must conquer ...
I must live ...
I must set forth to understand and give ...
Of myself and those around me ...
And if one punch I must take, I will take and not break but he who gives shall receive and with ease I decree that this moment ...
I will stand and deliver, bend not fold, yet tell the stories untold ...
I will finish what I started and finish I did ...