TCS: The Nigerian Connection and the Glory of Butterflies

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Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers
on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,
so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in
your brainpan, feel free to add a comment.

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When I ran, I felt like a butterfly that was free.

– Wilma Rudolph

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Occasionally, a poem by artist Florine Stettheimer

Today is Florine Stettheimer’s day of birth.

Florine Stettheimer (1871–1944), American modernist painter, designer and poet; credited as the artist who painted the first feminist nude self-portrait; in the 1930s, she hosted a salon with her sisters that attracted members of the avant-garde in Manhattan, and where she exhibited her work. Stettheimer created the stage designs and costumes for Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s avant-garde opera, Four Saints in Three Acts. She is best known for her four monumental works illustrating what she considered to be New York City’s “Cathedrals”: Broadway, Wall Street, Fifth Avenue, and New York’s three major art museums.

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Two Poems by Rita Dove on Her Birthday

Rita Dove was born August 28, 1952, in Akron, Ohio; American poet and essayist; winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her book Thomas and Beulah; U.S. Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, 1993-1995, the first African-American (after the title change from Poetry Consultant to Poet Laureate), and at age 40, the youngest poet to be appointed Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress. Her poetry collections include The Yellow House on the Corner, Mother Love, On the Bus with Rosa Parks, and American Smooth.

To read Rita Dove’s poems “Adolescence I” and “Dawn Revisted” click:

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Banana Lovers Day

Tommorrow is Banana Lovers Day – spread the word.

Banana messages – click:

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TCS: For All the Women of No Importance

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We burned continents of silence   the future of nations
the breathing of the fighters got thicker   became like oxen’s
there is in that breath sparkles of scorched flesh and the fainting of stars

– Etel Adnan

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A Poem for World Mosquito Day

World Mosquito Day: on August 20, 1897, Sir Ronald Ross, British physician, discovers that female mosquitoes transit malaria between humans. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has held annual celebrations of the day since the 1930s

John Updike (1932-2009) American novelist, short-story writer, art critic, poet, and literary critic. One of only four writers to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once, along with Booth Tarkington, Wliiam Faulkner, and Colson Whitehead. Updike won in 1982 for Rabbit Is Rich, and in 1991 for Rabbit At Rest. Among many other honors, he also won the American Book Award for fiction, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for both fiction and criticism. His collections of poetry include Facing Nature: Poems, Collected Poems: 1953–1993, and Americana and Other Poems (2001).

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A Poem for Serendipity Day

Serendipity Day was launched to celebrate life’s happy surprises. The word was coined by historian and politician Horace Walpole in 1754 as an allusion to Serendip, an old name for Sri Lanka. Walpole was a prolific letter writer, and he explained to one of his main correspondents that he had based the word on the title of a fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip, because the title heroes ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of ’

I was unable to find any information about Chris Bixler, other than he lives in Georgia, and posts poems at Hello Poetry, but his poem was too good not to share. 

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TCS: Clearing the Clouded Brain – Seven Poets

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Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,

snow in winter –
if your mind is not clouded

by unnecessary things, this is
the best season of your life.

– Sharon Salzberg

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In Honor of World Lizard Day

August 14th is World Lizard Day, so I am reposting  this report on the Gila Monster:

GILA MONSTER: His Myth is Worse than His Bite

“I have never been called to attend a case of Gila monster bite, and I don’t want to be. I think a man who is fool enough to get bitten by a Gila monster ought to die. The creature is so sluggish and slow of movement that the victim of its bite is compelled to help largely in order to get bitten.”

— Dr. Ward, Arizona Graphic, September 23, 1899

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TCS: A Call for Change from Nigeria

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Mother Earth has been abused, the powers have been abused,
and this cannot go on forever. No theory can alter that simple fact.
Mother Earth will retaliate, the whole environment will retaliate,
and the abusers will be eliminated.

– Russell Means

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