*Recently there was an extraordinary story on 60 Minutes about an arty town called Marfa in Texas. Supposedly this town in the middle of the desert has become an artists' haven or oasis. There is a poet there named Tim Johnson who owns a book store. He hosts regular poetry readings that sometimes draw as much as 50 people (that’s even hard to do in Chicago). The whole town was started when an artist named Donald Judd moved there to escape to escape the NY art scene which he had ended up despising. The whole 60 Minutes episode can be seen here http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50144819n
*There have been many strong reactions (both pro and con) to SB1 which would restrict most abortions after 20 weeks, and it theoretically could close most of the abortion clinics in Texas
At the Texas capital, a prochoice activist named Katie Helm recited the following poem.
If my vagina was a gun, you would stand for its rights,
You would ride on buses and fight all the fights.
If my vagina was a gun, you would treat it with care,
You wouldn’t spill all its secrets because, well, why go there.
If my vagina was a gun, you’d say what it holds is private
From cold dead hands we could pry, you surely would riot.
If my vagina was a gun, its rights would all be protected,
no matter the body count or the children affected.
If my vagina was a gun, I could bypass security,
concealed carry laws would ensure I’d have impunity.
If my vagina was a gun, I wouldn’t have to beg you,
I could hunt this great land and do all the things men do.
But my vagina is not a gun, it is a mightier thing,
With a voice that rings true making lawmakers’ ears ring.
Vaginas are not delicate, they are muscular and magic,
So stop messing with mine, with legislation that’s tragic.
My vagina’s here to demand from the source,
Listen to the voices of thousands or feel their full force.
Just to be fair here is a link to a rather powerful prolife poem that I ran across by Catherine Walsh..
*The other day I mentioned Auden in one of my blogs. Coincidentally, the week after I received an e-mail about an Auden related event at the Poetry Foundation.
Wednesday, Sep 11, 7:00PM
61 West Superior Street
This is a free event. A limited number of advanced tickets are available at cwfestival2013.eventbrite.com (UPDATE: advanced ticketing is now closed). Additional seating is available the night of the performance on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6pm for a reception preceding the performance. The program will begin at 7pm and is expected to run about an hour.
The Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago opens their 2013 Collaborative Works festival with a salon concert focusing on Benjamin Britten’s rich relationships with the poets W.H. Auden and Edith Sitwell and their impact on his artistry and life. The evening will feature performances of Britten’s work inspired by Auden and Sitwell, including a complete performance of The Heart of the Matter, designed as a showcase for Sitwell and her poetry at the 1956 Aldeburgh Festival.
Featured performers in this salon are soprano Kiera Duffy, pianist and CAIC executive director Shannon McGinnis, and tenor and CAIC artistic director Nicholas Phan.
Co-sponsored by Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago Presents