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When Beyoncé dropped her album "Lemonade" in April last year, it blew up the Internet and went platinum around the world. But for Somali poets across the diaspora it symbolized the rise of their art into the mainstream.
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When Beyoncé dropped her album "Lemonade" in April last year, it blew up the Internet and went platinum around the world. But for Somali poets across the diaspora it symbolized the rise of their art into the mainstream.
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S., and one of the most highly regarded. They have digitally donated to Archive.org “a number of rare and previously unreleased audio recordings,” they write in a press release, “spanning the 1960s through the late 1990s” and consisting of “over 700 audiocassette tapesdocumentingliterature and poetry readings, fine art and design lectures, race and culture discussions” and college events. These include ( enter the archive here ) a two hour poetry reading from Allen Ginsberg in 1978, at the top, with several other readings and talks from Ginsberg in the archive, the reading below it from Eileen Myles in 1992, and readings and talks above and below from Amiri Baraka , Anne Waldman , and William S. Burroughs. The collection represents a “strong focus on literature and poetry,” and features “a symposium on the Black Mountain poets.” Given the school’s mission, you’ll also find in the archive “a large selection of talks and lectures by visual artists, such as Elaine de Kooning, Alice Neel, Gordon Parks, Ad Rhinehart and Ben Shahn.
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At an estimated 14 percent, the city has a slightly higher concentration of immigrants than the country as a whole Andy Shallal, an Iraq-born businessman, is among them. He's one of the Washington restaurant owners who supported his employees by shutting down the six locations of his local chain, Busboys and Poets. "We have to stop thinking of immigrants as just pawns in a bigger picture for political gain. We have to think of them as human beings like all of us are," Shallal said. Around the country, businesses closed and pro-immigrant protesters took to the streets to challenge a series of decisions by the government that targeted foreign-born residents. But not all immigrants agreed that a Day Without Immigrants showed how important foreign-born workers are. Esther Shadare, 35, a Nigerian-American family physician who lives in neighboring Maryland, said she hadn't heard of the protest, but felt differently about how to prove the same point that immigrants are integral to the county.
The Huffington Post
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Poetess Stella Binion has just entered the throes of adulthood but shes wholly grasped the burdens of being a black woman in America. In her poem Black Girls Be Boxing, the 18-year-old high school senior uses the sport of boxing as a backdrop to discuss the experiences of black women and their relentless fight against oppression. I tried writing a poem where I stood in the middle of a boxing ring ― a metaphor of black womanhood, Binion says in the poem. Binion, who was honored by Michelle Obama as a member of the 2016 class of National Student Poets in September, originally performed the piece at a poetry slam competition in her hometown of Chicago last February and stopped by The Huffington Post to perform her poem (as shown above). In the poem, Binion artfully shares the emotional blows black women constantly face with lines like: Every morning, I look in the mirror and I see black girl hook.
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Kottke notes in an addendum to his post that “not every character is represented… (particularly the women) and… some of the locations and hometowns are incorrect.” We would welcome corrections—as would Wikipedia —if an enterprising classics scholar has the time and energy to devote to such an effort. But for the lay reader of Homer’s epic, the map more than suffices as helpful visual context for a very complicated narrative. One defining feature of a war epic well-told, most critics would say, is that the human drama does not get lost in the scale and scope of the action. More than any other form, the epic illustrates what Tolstoy described in War and Peace as the “historical sense” that our conflicts are “bound up with the whole course of history and preordained from all eternity.” But against this kind of determinism, the great poets particularize, making their characters seem not like props in a cosmic drama but like actual people from actual places on earth.
The Iran Project
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I tried to find a way to capture the building and its surrounding trees, and their reflection in the lake In order to enhance the light and color of the scene, I took the photo during sunset. Eram Garden, Eram Blvd, Shiraz Iran; Forough-Al-Mulk House, Shiraz Built for Qajar era Shiraz dignitary Forough-Al-Mulk, this three-story building now houses a museum. House of Poems, Shiraz Shiraz has a reputation as a city of great poets and poems. This photo shows a building where anyone can pen verses and hang them on the wall their own creations or an old favorite, says Ganji. It's also a place for drinking tea and smoking hookah. When you enter here, it's interesting to read the different poems written with different handwriting. Jameh Mosque, Yazd This mosque is said to belong to the 15th- to 16th-century Timurid era because of its inscriptions and architectural style, but the main building could be centuries older.
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Some brightness to enjoy under the war cloud across parts of poets and Northeast. Temperatures will start to rise little bit across the south-west as mother it comes in. 12 Celsius for Pembrokeshire. Five Celsius in Welshpool.
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With the same cartridge six -- do the same thing in the same way. When we talk about people on the spectrum, you are talking about potentially some of the most gifted artists, poets and creatives, coders and technology. Why would you want to me modify their behaviour? That's the fear I have when we hear, let's modify you, say your behaviour is boring because this algorithm suggests it.
Open Culture
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Some moments in history strike us as dramatic ruptures. Certainties are superseded, thrown into chaos by a seismic event, and we find ourselves adrift and anxious. What are artists to do? Gripped by the same fears as everyone else, the same sense of urgency, writers, musicians, filmmakers, painters, etc. may find themselves unable to “breathe with unconditional breath / the unconditioned air,” as Wendell Berry once described the creative process . We might remember the radical break with tradition when the shocking carnage of World War I sent poets and painters into frightening places they had previously left unexplored. Virginia Woolf summed up the situation in her essay The Leaning Tower : “suddenly like a chasm in a smooth road, the [Great] war came.” Shattered as they were, her generation overcame their paralysis. Modernists of the early 20th century were able to speak to their broken age in ways that continue to speak to ours.
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The top 100 MBA startups attracted $2.9bn, down from $5.2bn last year and $4.9bn in 2015. But the Poets & Quants MBA Startup ranking 2017 shows that business school graduates are using an MBA from a top school to open doors and secure solid funding.
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Photo by Monika Lightstone I was fortunate to see Athena perform many of the songs from the CD at Hotel Cafe last Tuesday. Personally I loved "Autopilot," "Everything To Me" and the soulful, contemplative ballads "Where Wildflowers Grow" and "All of You." In the tradition of Adele, Whitney Houston, and Aimee Mann, Athena's voice is both heartwarming and majestic. I asked Athena about the CD and she said that it was "about being ready for the light even in the darkest of places where our hearts have broken and it's cold, where we have shrunk and dried up and it feels so very small and scary to be exposed, yet knowing, as so many poets - from Rumi to Mary Oliver to Leonard Cohen - have pointed to, that it's those very cracks, those wounds, where the light enters, the joy too I feel seeing that people are gathering the courage to live in harmony with one another and with our own self within and that 'peace' to become the natural, the unquestionable, the mainstream.
Western Daily Press
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The beautiful surrounds of Somerset have been chosen to be the final resting place of many a famous person.From poets to war heroes, there have been many notable figures that have chosen the county and these are just a few.How many have you heard of - or visited?TS EliotOne of the 20th century's most notable poets and essayists moved from the United States to England in 1914. He was a hero of the modernist movement and later in his career, became a director at publishers Faber Faber, where...