The Compassionate Poetic Genius of Gwendolyn Brooks

Welcome to the revised Part 3 of Poetic Traditions of Compassion and Creative Maladjustment. This revision is presented to correct technological difficulties encountered with the previous upload. Thank you for your patience and please enjoy the episode: June 7, 2017, marked the centennial of the birth of Gwendolyn Brooks, (she died December 2000), who in … More The Compassionate Poetic Genius of Gwendolyn Brooks

Selma Revisited: from Violent Racism to Reflective Compassion (part 1)

Left to right, Producers of the Golen Globe Award-nominated film Selma: Dede Gardner, Oprah Winfrey, and director Ava DuVernay. (photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI)  The movie Selma, directed and executive produced by Ava DuVernay, opened on Christmas Day 2014 and rang in the New Year 2015 with domestic sales estimated at $1, 204,000 … More Selma Revisited: from Violent Racism to Reflective Compassion (part 1)

Poets of the Past and Present in 2014 Spotlight (part 1 of 2)

“Sometimes: the struggle and willingness to say the unsayable –– has cost poets and artists their lives.”––from Journey through the Power of the Rainbow Each year the value, presence, and volume of poetry in the world intensifies after spring arrives largely because the international community celebrates March 21 as World Poetry Day and people in … More Poets of the Past and Present in 2014 Spotlight (part 1 of 2)