Word(s) of the Week: Crapulous

An archaic adjective of the English language for that miserable feeling you get after excessively eating and drinking

(…an all too appropriate word for the holidays)

Thought Snack of the Week: Creative Art Contributes to Awareness & Justice

Simple in design yet powerful in its message, Mankind Is No Island is a 3 minute, 30 second video shot entirely with cell phones on the streets of New York and Sydney. Using images of street people and words from advertising posters, marketing displays, and street signs, Jason Van Genderen weaves images and words together to create a visual poem about poverty, homelessness, and social responsibility.

 

Support the creative arts and efforts to draw awareness to issues of social justice! Since April is National Poetry Month, thought snacks for the month will highlight animated and visual poetry. Enjoy!

 

- Caroline (Carrie) Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

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A poet’s work … to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.
― Salman Rushdie

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mymodernmet:

Broken Mirror / Evening Sky is a stunning series by New York-based photographer Bing Wright, who creates breathtaking images of sunsets seen through shattered mirrors. Richly colored skyscapes are distorted by the cracked glass, abstracting the traditional image of a sunset in a visually striking way.

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Always tell what you feel. Do what you think…
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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Gabriel García Márquez by Atonatiuh Bracho.
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Rest in peace, amazing human being.

Gabriel García Márquez by Atonatiuh Bracho.

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Rest in peace, amazing human being.

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To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.
― Edgar Allan Poe

penamerican:

We are Celebrating 10 Years of World Voices! This year’s festival starts April 28th through May 4th! Learn more about this year’s speakers here .

penamerican:

We are Celebrating 10 Years of World Voices! This year’s festival starts April 28th through May 4th! Learn more about this year’s speakers here .

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If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.
― Charles Darwin

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Thought Snack of the Week: April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate the creative arts by reading Charles Bukowski’s poem Bluebird and watch an animated interpretation of the poem by Monika Umba at http://youtu.be/jsc3ItAKSLc

 

Bluebird 

By Charles Bukowski

there’s a bluebird in my heart that

wants to get out

but I’m too tough for him,

I say, stay in there, I’m not going

to let anybody see

you.

there’s a bluebird in my heart that

wants to get out

but I pour whiskey on him and inhale

cigarette smoke

and the whores and the bartenders

and the grocery clerks

never know that

he’s

in there.

 

there’s a bluebird in my heart that

wants to get out

but I’m too tough for him,

I say,

stay down, do you want to mess

me up? 

you want to screw up the

works? 

you want to blow my book sales in

Europe? 

there’s a bluebird in my heart that

wants to get out

but I’m too clever, I only let him out

at night sometimes

when everybody’s asleep…

To read the rest of the poem please visit http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/bluebird/ 

 

Support creative and liberal art studies and works! Weekly thought snacks for the week of April will highlight animated poetry.

- Caroline (Carrie) Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

 

 

Kulturgeschichte: The International English Honor Society at 90

"Kulturgeschichte" is a word to describe the cultural history of something by examining past knowledge, narratives, and traditions. Make sure to gargle the "kul" at the back of your throat and say "schichte" as though you are sneezing.

Go ahead. Give it try.

…That’s right. Bless you.

As I reflect on the 90th Anniversary of the International English Honor Society (Sigma Tau Delta), I wanted to write about the rich history of the organization. Kulturgeschichte was the best word I could find to capture what makes Sigma Tau Delta special. The Society’s exceptionality is so much more than achievements and dates. Rather, it’s also the people, the stories, and the unofficial traces of a dynamic and thriving organizational culture. Although many people view the word culture as a simple descriptor for various values and traditions, the concept of culture is far more inclusive than that. Culture is learned, and the culture of a society shapes the behaviors and consciousness of its members. Sigma Tau Delta has its own culture; a culture characterized by student-centered philosophies, supportive camaraderie, and vibrant academic achievement.

- Caroline (Carrie) Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

- Read more at: http://www.english.org/sigmatd/publications/newsletter/spring2014/kulturgeschichte.shtml#sthash.IhjnuVNx.dpuf

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