IllinoisTimes - Poetry, Etc. http://illinoistimes.com/blogs.sec-119-1-poetry-etc.html Thu, 30 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Taking note - Art, music, poetry yield new song for Chris Vallillo http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14576-taking-note.html Taking note - Art, music, poetry yield new song for Chris Vallillo
Central Illinois roots musician and songwriter Chris Vallillo found inspiration at the Dana-Thomas house this summer. While performing a series of shows at the Springfield state historic site as pa...]]>
Touche Amore - Thao Le captures post-hardcore band performance http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14548-touche-amore.html Touche Amore - Thao Le captures post-hardcore band performance
Thao Le is at it again. She was out at The Castle Theater in Bloomington on Sept. 24 to see and capture in images, Touche Amore, a post-hardcore band from California. As Le stated, “They're curr...]]>
Remembering George Colin - A central Illinois artist who was simply extraordinary http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14517-remembering-george-colin.html Remembering George Colin - A central Illinois artist who was simply extraordinary
Almost two years ago, George Colin was the reason for my visit to Salisbury, Illinois. I was collecting info to write an Illinois Times article about a new book featuring Vachel Lindsay’s poem ��...]]>
Who was Jacob David George - A man with three first names fighting for the every man http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14490-who-was-jacob-david-george.html Who was Jacob David George - A man with three first names fighting for the every man
Today by chance, I read about a young man who died recently. Jacob David George was a banjo-playing singer/songwriter, bicyclist/activist who rode across the country with a message. His message was...]]>
That's a wrap - Five reasons to love and hate the Illinios State Fair http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14340-thats-a-wrap.html That's a wrap - Five reasons to love and hate the Illinios State Fair
Five reasons to love and hate the Illinois State Fair....]]>
Kindness matters - My tribute to Robin Williams http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14304-kindness-matters.html Kindness matters - My tribute to Robin Williams
Robin Williams – yup, here, too -- my mind is full of him today. A friend and I had lunch recently. He was troubled deeply, cried as he told me his mother-in-law had killed herself while dru...]]>
A look at 311 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14302-a-look-at-311.html A look at 311
Springfield’s Thao Le ventured out to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe this weekend to the 311 concert. Formed in the ’90s, the five-member alternative rock band is wrapping up their summe...]]>
Eternal contemporary question http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14244-eternal-contemporary-question.html Eternal contemporary question
This is Kevin Stein. Who is Kevin Stein? He is the Illinois Poet Laureate, and has been since 2003. Stein teaches English at Bradley University.So why I am telling you about Kevin Stein? Bec...]]>
Until next time - Springfield Art Association Paint the Street http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14242-until-next-time.html Until next time - Springfield Art Association Paint the Street
 The black tent was the closest shelter. I was worried about my phone and purse contents. Folks were crowded under the Myers Building overhang. It was really starting to pour. The sky was dark. T...]]>
Full Moon: Corn Moon - A poem by Hugh Moore http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14073-full-moon-corn-moon.html Full Moon: Corn Moon - A poem by Hugh Moore
 FULL MOON: CORN MOON It hears a root make movement in the soil, words that leaves make when the wind comes strong and sudden. Reads that map the shadows trace to show where...]]>
Poetry in pictures - Illustration contest winners announced http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13920-poetry-in-pictures.html Poetry in pictures - Illustration contest winners announced
This just in: A contest encouraging children to illustrate the poetry of Vachel Lindsay generated 200 submissions of turtles, crows and other colorful critters. The top 15 drawings will be recog...]]>
Vachel Lindsay Walks Springfield - A song by John C. Van Orman http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13836-vachel-lindsay-walks-springfield.html Vachel Lindsay Walks Springfield - A song by John C. Van Orman
On the last evening of National Poetry Month, I want to share with you a song authored by John C. Van Orman called “Vachel Lindsay Walks Springfield.” It is about Vachel Lindsay (pictured above,...]]>
Nixon died last night - A poem by Ginny Lee http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13809-nixon-died-last-night.html Nixon died last night - A poem by Ginny Lee
Nixon died this week, 20 years ago on April 22, 1994. Photographer Ginny Lee wrote this poem on April 28, 1994 about the man for a class.   Nixon died last night  Well, I guess y...]]>
Get your poetry on http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13729-get-your-poetry-on.html Get your poetry on
  Two great events for National Poetry Month are unfortunately both on Thursday, April 10. A Night of Poetry will be held at the Anne Lloyd Gallery of the Madden Arts Center,...]]>
Images of Illinois - IT goes to photography contest reception http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13712-images-of-illinois.html Images of Illinois - IT goes to photography contest reception
Guess where IT was last night?  At the Hoogland Center for the Arts where our star helps hold down the floor in the lobby. Last night was the reception for winners of the Prairie Art Allianc...]]>
Happy poetry month - Illustration contest open to kids http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13686-happy-poetry-month.html Happy poetry month - Illustration contest open to kids
Happy Poetry Month! As part of the April celebration, the Vachel Lindsay Association and Vachel Lindsay State Historic Site are hosting an illustration contest for students kindergarten through s...]]>
Poetry Out Loud - Student recitation contest http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13499-poetry-out-loud.html Poetry Out Loud - Student recitation contest
 Poetry Out Loud is a national contest for teens that challenges them to eloquently recite poems aloud by memory. The Poetry Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts cosponsor the annual...]]>
Calling teens and teachers - Poetry and art book accepting submissions http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13463-calling-teens-and-teachers.html Calling teens and teachers - Poetry and art book accepting submissions
Deadline for this year’s edition of the international teen poetry anthology, Navigating the Maze, is Friday, Feb. 28,&nbs...]]>
Never know who might drop in http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13356-never-know-who-might-drop-in.html Never know who might drop in
You never know who might drop in on Springfield, Ill. Thanks to Obama and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Springfield has slowly become a name on the tip of America's tongue, and a small-cit...]]>
Have kids, will renga http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13355-have-kids-will-renga.html Have kids, will renga
Introduce your school age child to the poetry form called renga at this free workshop open to the public....]]>
Remembering just a little more http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13326-remembering-just-a-little-more.html Remembering just a little more
There’s so much we can’t tell you about the folks we write about in our Illinois Times “Remembering” issue. The past two years have been particularly difficult for me writing about folks I a...]]>
Them there trees http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13199-them-there-trees.html Them there trees
 My father likes to recite the poem Trees by Joyce Kilmer. “I think that I shall never see / a poem lovely as a tree.” We’re quite the tree and bird family. My mother’s email even has bird in the address....]]>
Illinois Emerging Writers recently announced http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13140-illinois-emerging-writers-recently-announced.html Illinois Emerging Writers recently announced
The top three winners of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award in the ninth annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition were just announced by Jesse White, secretary of state and state librarian....]]>
Route 66 Film Fest 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13044-route-66-film-fest-2013.html Route 66 Film Fest 2013
The Route 66 Film Fest wrapped up its 12th year. Mark your calendars for next year’s festival on Nov. 7-8....]]>
If you're headed to Chicago - A Haunted Handbook http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13036-if-youre-headed-to-chicago.html If you're headed to Chicago - A Haunted Handbook
You didn't ask for it; but here it is. Chicago Haunted Handbook: 99 Ghostly Places You Can Visit in the Around the Windy City by Jeff Morris and Vince Sheilds. Buy yours today if you're headed to Ch...]]>
Listen to the music - Making poetry more accessible http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13020-listen-to-the-music.html Listen to the music - Making poetry more accessible
A recently posted article by Austen Rosenfeld, "Why Billy Collins is America's Most Popular Poet," points out pertinent thoughts about poetry today. Mainly, has academia hijacked the art of poet...]]>
People's Poetry - Those pesky little zombies http://illinoistimes.com/blog-12987-peoples-poetry.html People's Poetry - Those pesky little zombies
Here’s a seasonal poem from Springfield, Ill. poet Lola Lucas. Her comments about the poem: “Seems like America has gone mad for zombies. My theory is that they represent a chance...]]>
Grave matters http://illinoistimes.com/blog-12950-grave-matters.html Grave matters
Sunday, a group gathered at the tomb of Vachel Lindsay in Oak Ridge Cemetery as part the national Dead Poets Remembrance Day....]]>
Tonight: Matt Rasmussen http://illinoistimes.com/blog-12922-tonight-matt-rasmussen.html Tonight: Matt Rasmussen

 Poet Matt Rasmussen will read tonight at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Residence Hall Great Room at UIS. His 

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This will grow you more brain cells http://illinoistimes.com/blog-11966-this-will-grow-you-more-brain-cells.html This will grow you more brain cells
You grow new brain cells with each new experience. Never tasted chai tea? Drink it and grow more brain cells. Never listened to Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Listen: New brain. Never wrote a poem. Do it, new cells. Cross off your list another “never done this before” -- attend Springfield Poets and Writers Open Mic. Takes place every third Wednesday of the month at Robbie...]]>