Thursday, June 19, 2014: Poetry, Literature, Broadway and More!
Another week is upon, good readers. Welcome back to the weekly blog on Woolaston Entertainment.com. I have so much to tell you, but I will do my best to squeeze it into as few words as possible (no promises, though). I’d like to begin with one of my favorite women, Patti Smith:
Auguries of Innocence:
Poet, musician, songwriter, and all around inspiration: Patti Smith. I recently got my hands on a copy of “Auguries of Innocence”, Patti’s first book of poetry in over a decade. There are twenty-eight poems in all, which range from short 28-liners to extended poems, like my favorite: “Our Jargon Muffles the Drum”. It reads almost like a single. Run-on sentence. When I reached the line , and the empty hand of innocence transfusing street of the sorrows and children of the wood… I had to smile to myself. If you’ve ever listened to Patti’s version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, you recognize that line of poetry from the song. Another one of my favorites is “Eve of All Saints”. I can visualize the writer in the poem, returning to his home and lying in his bed for the last time. I can appreciate the image of death being peaceful, and not agonizing. My other favorite, “Mummer Love”, a dedication to another poet I admire: Arthur Rimbaud. After all, it was Patti Smith’s writing that led me to Rimbaud in the first place. Whether you’re a fan of Patti’s music or not, if you’re into poetry, or if you’re considering getting into poetry, I recommend “Auguries of Innocence”.
Of Mice and Men:
First of all, if you’re at least 20 years old and you’ve never read John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”, shame on you. Yes, I said it. Shame! I read it fourteen years ago, and then I re-read it Tuesday night in about an hour. If you haven’t read it, I will try not to spoil it too much for you. It’s the story of George and Lennie: two men trying to find work in 1930’s California. The two men are traveling together, with George looking out for Lennie, who, despite his enormous size, had the brain of a child. They have a plan to get land and a place of their own, however, fate may deal them a different hand (I didn’t spoil the ending, right? You can still read the book. I haven’t ruined it for you). Much of Steinbeck’s writing (you should read his other work, too) involves people struggling to survive and make ends meet. This is something I can relate to : moving from place to place, living hand to mouth. I’ll tell you more about that in another blog.
Okay, so if you decide not to read the book, see one of the film adaptations (you should do both, in my opinion). Better yet: if you’re in the New York area between now and July 27, see the play on Broadway! I did! James Franco stars as George, and Chris O’Dowd is Lennie. The play is true to the book (read it), and was very well acted.
Twitter and Facebook:
Last but not least, social media. If you’re following me on Twitter or Facebook, thank you very much. If you’re not following me, give it a try. I don’t bite, and I follow back. You may also want to follow Amy Edwards (@amyjedwards82) on Twitter, and Google + as well. In fact, I’m on Google+ (good Lord, I have so many pages to keep up with).
If you’d like a book review, please contact me. I’m happy to do it. You can contact me via Twitter, Facebook, or even Instagram. Or, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can ask Amy for a review. She’s ourlady_82. She wrote a killer review for “Valentine” on bn.com. (here’s the link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/valentine-nicole-e-woolaston/1100369272?ean=9781450065030 ). Find her on Twitter, or email her at email@example.com. Until next week…