Daily Archives: October 15, 2008

O Me! O Life!

O Me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;   Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;   Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who  more faithless?)   Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;   Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;          Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;   The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?                                                              Answer.That you are here—that life exists, and identity;   That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.Walt Whitman

Poems for Times of Turmoil

What does poetry have to do with the serious financial havoc the world has been enduring? Does anyone have time to consider a confection of art — spun from the imagination — while we face the chilling reality of lost homes, tattered businesses, or a compromised future? “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.”

We seem to be able to do so little against the loss and fear and panic. Yet poetry’s realm is precisely here — in the emotional center, where desire and terror and hope and dread converge without easy answers.

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Blog Action Day 2008: Mankind Is No Island

Mankind Is No Island

by Jason van Genderen 

Winner of Tropfest NY 2008 | TropInc | YouTube Channel

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