The Problems of Poetry: Promise or Perish

2015 was supposed to be about poetry and friendship. But the joys and responsibilities of being a mother, as well as $writing$ (not going to get rich, but I can afford nicer shoes), took precedence. Friendships fell slack, too, and we’re 1/12 into 2016. (I am reminded it’s time to renew my membership to the Academy of American Poets, vainly attempting a modicum of credibility.)

Enter, this space. The chances of suddenly discovering the time/maintaining the discipline are zilch, in honest reflection. My eyeballs melt as I read tutorials on SEO copy/content creation/social media management, as I arrive late to the game of HTML and CSS, website design and maintenance.

Poetry, even reading it, has fallen off and under the truck of my essential priorities. How sad that is to acknowledge. Writing it, too, as seemingly fully formed ideas fizzle out once approached for physical record. One for Z, one for V, a year, two, since these ideas formed, and there is nothing but a smattering of half started phrases to show.

 A poem is never finished, it is only abandoned.

-Paul Valéry (paraphrase, attrib.)

So what is too small to be abandoned, as it would never survive on its own, I will leave here.

2.6.17.mudhandshaikuThis haiku I thought up at 5 in the morning, as my daughter angrily squirmed across my body, trying to convince me to wake up and play with her. I was hoping she’d fall back asleep while she lay across my face, in part because she would then be asleep, as would I (the contorted ways in which a parent is still capable of sleep should be an area of study), in part because that would make a pretty funny facebook status, wouldn’t it?


My only “published” poems to date are here and included in my Sketchbook Project submission, page 29-30, here.

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Review: New York Polyphony

“….succinct authenticity and blend of pure voice….”

I reviewed New York Polyphony, presented by Friends of Chamber Music, for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time, you can read the review here.

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Review: KCSymphony with Jeremy Denk

“…will leave a thousand people breathless.”

I reviewed the Kansas City Symphony with guest artist Jeremy Denk for The Kansas City Star.

For a brief time, you can read the review here.

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Review: KCSymphony w/ Michael Krajewski

I reviewed the Kansas City Symphony with guest conductor Michael Krajewski for The Kansas City Star. They performed a concert of John Williams’ music, with laser light show and costumed Star Wars characters.

For a brief time, read the review here.

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Fun, Free, Eclectic, Experimental: KCSymphony Happy Hour Concerts

I wrote a piece about the Kansas City Symphony’s Happy Hour Concerts for KCStudio.

Read it online here.

Or check out the full magazine layout here (page 48-49).

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Review: Kansas City Symphony w/ Robert Spano

I reviewed the Kansas City Symphony’s first concert of 2016 for The Kansas City Star.

When the review is posted online, I’ll link to it here.

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Heads Up for 2016

In this no-quit scene, I only managed to see about 50 concerts, 45 of which I reviewed for The Kansas City Star with a few write ups in this space, and 11 other pieces, either in The Star or in KCStudio.

This isn’t going to be an end-of-the-year review. I don’t have time right now to look back and there are plenty of lists others have created floating around that give a succinct overview of past events.

I am looking forward to next year, with an intent to see more acts I never managed to make it to in 2015 (Ensemble Iberica and KCB’s New Moves, I’m looking at you), and to investigate and write about the many extraordinary artists that grace Kansas City.

 

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