IllinoisTimes - Poetry, Etc. http://illinoistimes.com/blogs.sec-119-1-poetry-etc.html Tue, 22 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Poem and painting http://illinoistimes.com/blog-11963-poem-and-painting.html Poem and painting
AS HIGH AS THE GROUND IS LOW She loved a man who had never climbed trees, never been pulled by longing up lanky limbs of aged oaks, nor crowned the neighborhood, ...]]>
Weekend photos from the capital city http://illinoistimes.com/blog-11958-weekend-photos-from-the-capital-city.html Weekend photos from the capital city
A look into the crowd from the podium at a full house Friday night at Prairie Art Alliance Gallery II during Poets, Painters and Performers. Poets Mark Russillo and Thea Chesley have a couple warm, happy smiles for the camera. Directly behind them in pink and black, Poet Shawna Mayer. All are members of Springfield Poets and Writers. Below is Mark and Thea with PAA interim Executive ...]]>
Book signing/talk on local historic homes http://illinoistimes.com/blog-11957-book-signing_talk-on-local-historic-homes.html Book signing/talk on local historic homes
This is probably the most interesting and handsome book to come out of central Illinois recently. The author will talk about and read from the book on Sat., Sept. 7, 2 p.m,. at the Vachel Lindsay Home. You'll want to own this collection about historic homes and the folks who lived in them. From Springfield to Shelbyville, Bloomington and beyond (there’s a section on the White House a...]]>
Laborless weekend starts with End Times Trio and friends http://illinoistimes.com/blog-11953-laborless-weekend-starts-with-end-times-trio-and-friends.html Laborless weekend starts with End Times Trio and friends
If you read my last blog post, we are on a laborless journey through the weekend to Labor Day. We opened the weekend with free jazz at The Pharmacy, Thursday night. It was energizing. There were fireworks going off in my brain. The first person I met was an Illinois Times reader who saw the event in the paper and came to the show. Meet Judy! I like meeting new people, and she was lovely. As a few ...]]>
Laborless stroll into the holiday http://illinoistimes.com/blog-11951-laborless-stroll-into-the-holiday.html Laborless stroll into the holiday
OK. If you're so busy or brain dead you forgot you get a three-day weekend this weekend (like I did), you need to read this stuff below: Tonight, 7 p.m., at The Pharmacy a jazz show with Lucas Collins from N.Y. on percussion and Albert Wildeman from Chicago on the upright bass and End Times Trio. Friday night if you're not going to bingo, here's music and film at Marly...]]>
What some other folks do http://illinoistimes.com/blog-11940-what-some-other-folks-do.html What some other folks do
What do other folks do? Those that don't attend the Illinois State Fair or mill about the pool. Well, this poet goes out into the world and welcomes in happy little moments. Unafraid to find a sweet rendezvous in unexpected little places or pleasures, fearlessly finding connections, sometimes between the natural world and the world inside my head, I marvel at the wonder of it all. For me Satu...]]>
Podcasts are coming to git ya ... http://illinoistimes.com/blog-11936-podcasts-are-coming-to-git-ya-.html Podcasts are coming to git ya ...
If you’re like me, you’re so busy that joining a book club is a thought you keep kicking out of your thoughts each time it’s thrown back at ya. Whack! (Though joining a book club is something you desperately want to do. But heck, there’s this little thing called writing you want to do more and can’t even find time for that.) Podcasts and online book clubs to...]]>
Sounds of Jim Morrison http://illinoistimes.com/blog-11933-sounds-of-jim-morrison.html Sounds of Jim Morrison
Brian Jackson reads from his new book today and Brian sounds like Jim Morrison! For those who have heard tapes of The Doors legend reading his poetry ... his voice is mesmerizing and beautiful. So, Poets in the Parlor today is a 2 o'clock treat. Only an hour of your day. (Plus, Brian used to hang with some of the Beat Poets like Allen Ginsberg. Yes, you heard me right.) Head on down to the Vachel...]]>
To boldly go ... (geek alert) http://illinoistimes.com/blog-11923-to-boldly-go-%2528geek-alert%2529.html To boldly go ... (geek alert)
"Yeah, shut up Spock!" But seriously folks -- I own this movie, How Star Trek Changed the World, that Shatner hosted and I have read about the science experts who worked on the series (some of them here in the film). Visit StarTrek.com for more Star Trek or go here: How Star Trek has changed the world. Illinois Times -- one of the coolest media outlets in Springfield or central Illin...]]>