Waxing Poetic, Part One

We both adore reading books and all things words. However, under the current circumstances we’ve both been finding it difficult to concentrate on longer form entertainment, whether that be novels, audio books, and even television we aren’t familiar with. In order to get our daily time with words we’ve been reading more poetry, a practice that is regular for Tasci, but a new found love for January. In this episode we discuss some old favorites and some new voices in the medium.

Stuff We Mention

Tasci’s Tips For Reading Poetry

  1. Poetry should be read out loud
  2. You should read poetry according to the punctuation. It sounds less “kitch” that way

The world has gone dark
More times than you
Or your mother
Or your grandmother
Can remember.
And every hurricane
That was meant to be
The end of it all 
Has instead ended 
In sunshine again

So I believe 
When I say;
You will survive this
And the next one too. 

“World’s End”  By Nikita Gill

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go;
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all,—
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life’s gall.

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.

“Solitude” By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Music: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod
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