So I love to listen to music and write. It’s something that just makes sense for me. It makes the process work. I’ll be writing a piece later this week about music to listen to while you study, but here’s just some songs that I’ve been enjoying the last couple days.
When I was at FIU completing my MFA, I was taking a poetry class, and we were studying “The Masters” of modern poetry. Our professor hand selected each one of the masters, which included Theodore Roethke, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, Frank O’Hara, and a couple of contemporaries influenced by these poets. Well, I learned a lot from this class, but what I got most out of the class was our exercises on imitation. I saw the process the same as repainting a famous image. Also, in the class, I found out that Bishop and O’Hara are both from Worcester County — my hometown.
So one of the poems I chose to imitate was Elizabeth Bishop’s, “In the Waiting Room.” Well, the first line goes, “In Worcester, Massachusetts.” When I read that, I nearly lost my mind. I grew up in Worcester County. And the poem was beautiful. It was about a moment of awareness, of understanding the complexities of normalcy and horror, and I knew I wanted to try to imitate Bishop. So I wrote, “In World History Class” — my tribute to Elizabeth Bishop. That’s the poem above. Hope you’ll like it. I’ve been working on it for a couple years, and now I’m looking to try and publish it.
One more thing: I saw this hilarious video from the Florida/Georgia game this weekend. It’s of Coach Muschamp freaking out on his tight end. He’s such a spaz. Dan Le Batard called him “The World’s Angriest Ventriloquist.” Check it out.
Well, it’s the beginning of a new week, and I’m excited about getting back to work. Tomorrow I’m going to send out a bunch of pitches for some larger pieces, and I’ll work on the freelancing blogging/ghost writing work. I’m excited to find out what’s going to happen next. I have a feeling something is about to change for the better.
This weekend was cool. On Friday, I went to Club Nokia to review a Flying Lotus concert. It was pretty incredible, but overall, I think I like his albums best. Plus, I heard this band with Adrian Younge. They were incredible — a jazz fusion amalgamation that is infused with Otis-Redding soul. I feel like I’m really coming into contact with some amazing music. Also, on Saturday, zombies took over Long Beach, and I heard some interesting punk bands, including The Undead Kennedys.
Check out my new pieces in the morning on the Zombie take-over in the LBC and my review of FlyLo. In the meantime, enjoy this video.