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Heinrich Heine

A Palm-Tree by Heinrich Heine

A single fir-tree, lonely,
on a northern mountain height,

sleeps in a white blanket,
draped in snow and ice.

His dreams are of a palm-tree,
who, far in eastern lands,

weeps, all alone and silent,
among the burning sands.

Poem Attribution © Heinrich Heine, A Palm-Tree

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Mehemet Murat Idan (1965 -) Contemporary Turkish playwright, novelist and thinker.

In 1982 Idan was awarded first place by Ankara Private Yenisehir College.

Idan spent one year in English Preparatory School in Ankara (at the Middle East Technical University – METU). Then in 1983, he took courses from the Department of Electronics at METU Campus in Gaziantep city as a full-time student.

In 1988, Idan obtained B.Sc. degree in Economics with “Certificate of Honour” (at METU in Ankara). In the same year, he also obtained a Turkish Government Scholarship by the Ministry of Education for Master and Ph.D. degrees in European Union Economics.

In 1989, Idan spent 8 months in an Intensive French Course at “Centre Audio-Visuel de Langues Modernes” (CAVILAM) in Vichy – France.

In 1990, Idan took courses in Money-Finance and Banking as a full-time student at the University of Louis-Pasteur (ULP) in Strasbourg-France. In the same year, he took advanced courses in English for 6 months, at the Cambridge Centre for Languages in Cambridge – England.

In 1991, Idan was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Essex in England.

In 1997, he was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics by the University of Essex.

Literary Career

Idan’s literary career started in 1993 with a poetry book called Bright Candles; it was written in English in England and published in Turkey in 1995.

In 1997, a poem from this book was published in the Georgian Blue Poetry Anthology.

Between the years 1993 – 1998, Idan did not write anything literary. In 1998, he wrote stories for 6 months.

In 1999, he left the world of economics.

From 2000 onwards, Idan commenced writing plays and became a professional writer.

Idan has published 7 plays and 25 stories. His novels “Antiquary Arago’s Diary,” “Roses underneath Paris” and “The First Sorrows of Young Werther” and his story book “Lovers of Samos Island” have also been published.

Three of his plays, Master Moliere is Marrying, Galileo Galilei & Emmanuel Arago’s Diary, have been accepted to the Repertory of Turkish State Theatre. Also, his plays Eyes of Magic, Beggar’s Prophecy and Emmanuel Arago’s Diary have been included in the repertoire of Istanbul City Theatre.

Six of Idan’s plays have been translated into English by Yurdanur Salman, a well-known linguist in Istanbul.

His play Eyes of Magic was partly published in the “Absinthe – New European Writing” literary magazine in the USA. His play Master Moliere is Marrying has performed by Antalya State Theatre and Eyes of Magic has performed by Istanbul City Theatre.

Idan is a member of “International P.E.N. -Turkish P.E.N. Association” in Istanbul.

Awards

Idan’s play “Eyes of Magic” got the “Best Play Award” in Istanbul Kadiköy Municipality National Playwriting Competition” in 2000.

Another play, “Beggar’s Prophecy,” became a finalist in “AQT 2005 Vancouver Canada International Playwriting Competition.”

Idan’s story “Housefly” obtained the “Secondary Place Award” in Samim Kocagöz National Story Competition. His stories Noah’s Ark, Iron Bridge, Pursuit and Endless Race found praiseworthy and published in “ZOKEV Ahmet Naim Çiladir National Story Competition.”

Published Works

Ormanın Hayaletleri, Play, (Ghosts of Forest) 2000.
Sakyamuni, Play, 2000.
Büyünün Gözleri, Play, (Eyes of Magic) 2000.
Galileo Galilei, Play, 2001.
Dilencinin Kehaneti, Play, (Beggar’s Prophecy) 2001.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Play, 2002.
William Shakespeare, Play, 2002.
Antikacı Arago’nun Günlüğü, Novel, (Antiquary Arago’s Diary) 2005.
Paris’in Altındaki Güller, Novel, (Roses underneath Paris) 2006.
Sisam Adası Aşıkları, Story, (Lovers of Samos Island) 2006.
Genç Werther’in İlk Acıları, Novel, (The First Sorrows of Young Werther) 2007.

Bio Reference Attribution https://mehmetmuratildanresmiwebsitesi.wordpress.com/

Photo Attribution © (Photographer Unstated), Mehemet Murat Idan, (Date Unstated)

Source Attribution https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3164882.Mehmet_Murat_ildan

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Corita Kent (1918 -1986), born Frances Elizabeth Kent and also known as Sister Mary Corita Kent, was an American Roman Catholic religious sister, artist, designer and educator. Key themes in her work included Christianity, and social justice. She was also a teacher at the Immaculate Heart College.

Corita Kent was born Frances Elizabeth Kent. As a woman from a working poor family, there were not a lot of options for her in terms of work. At 18 years of age Kent entered the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart, which were known to be very progressive and welcomed creativity.

She joined a teaching order, taking the name Sister Mary Corita. Initially she taught young children on an Inuit Reservation in British Columbia until returning to Los Angeles to study for her bachelor’s degree at Immaculate Heart College and her master’s degree at University of Southern California.

She was the head of the art department at Immaculate Heart College; where, she also taught a wide variety of different painting styles. Her artwork contained her own spiritual expression and love for her God.

Sister Corita Kent’s primary medium was silk screen, also known as Serigraphy. She became self-taught after she sent away for a DIY silk screening kit. Her innovative methods pushed back the limitations of two-dimensional media of the times. Kent’s emphasis on printing was partially due to her wish for democratic outreach, as she wished for affordable art for the masses.[

Her artwork, with its messages of love and peace, was particularly popular during the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s.

In the early 1970s, she entered an extremely prolific period in her career, including the Rainbow Swash design on the LNG storage tank in Boston, and the 1985 version of the United States Postal Service’s special Love stamp.

In recent years, she has gained increased recognition for her role in the pop art movement. Critics and theorists previously failed to count her work as part of any mainstream canon; but, in recent years there has been a resurgence of attention given to Kent.

As both a nun and a woman making art in the twentieth century, she was in many ways cast to the margins of the different movements she was a part of.

Corita Kent’s art was her activism, and her spiritually-informed social commentary promoted love and tolerance.

© Corita Kent, in touch 1969
© Corita Kent, After ecstasy the laundry, 1981

Painting 1 Attribution © Corita Kent, in touch 1969

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Painting 1 Attribution © Corita Kent, After ecstasy the laundry, 1981

Source Attribution https://www.artsy.net/artwork/corita-kent-after-ecstasy-the-laundry-1

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Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr. (1861—1949) an American playwright, poet, author, and educator. He was the father of poet-playwright Joseph Seamon, Junior.

Joseph Seamon Cotter had to leave school at age eight to work at a variety of jobs because of family financial exigencies.

Cotter had been a precocious child, learning to read at the age of three from a mother who had the gifts, as Cotter wrote later, of “a poet, storyteller, a maker of plays.”

When Cotter was twenty-two the prominent Louisville educator William T. Peyton encouraged the promising young man to return to school. After some remediation and two night school sessions, Cotter began his teaching career.

He went on to a career of more than fifty years as teacher and administrator with the Louisville public schools. In 1891 Cotter married his fellow educator Maria F. Cox, with whom he had three children, including the important poet in his own right Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr.

Although known in his own time as a prominent educator and African American civic leader, as well as for his prolific authorship in varied genres, today Cotter is remembered primarily for his poetry.

In his first collection, A Rhyming (1895), we see the young Cotter experimenting with varied poetic forms, including the traditional ballad and the Italian sonnet.

Cotter’s second book, Links of Friendship (1898), is another eclectic collection in varied forms.

Cotter went on to publish three more collections of poetry, including the Collected Poems of Joseph S. Cotter, Sr. (1938) and the Sequel to “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” and Other Poems (1939), whose title poem, a response to Robert Browning’s poem “The Pied Piper”, is regarded as among Cotter’s finest.

Overall, it may be said that Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr., provided a sustaining voice during one of the most difficult eras of African American history, and he was a man who backed his words with action in building the African American community.

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803095642167

Photo Attribution © (Photographer Unstated), Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr., (Date Unstated)

Source Attribution https://poets.org/poet/joseph-seamon-cotter-sr

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Dreams by Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr.

There is naught in the pathless reach
Of the pale, blue sky above,
There is naught that the stars tell, each to each,

As over the heavens they rove;
That I have not felt, or have not seen
Clad in dull earth or fancy’s sheen.

There is naught, in the still, mauve twilight
When the dreams come flitting by,
From lands afar of eternal night,

Or lands of the sunswept sky,
For countless spirits within me dwell
With heaven’s efflugence or dark hell.

Poem Attribution © Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr., Dreams

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/dreams-12/

My Song by Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.

I sang me a song, a tiny song,
A song that was sweet to my soul,
And set it a-float on the sea of chance
In search of a happy goal.

I said to my song: “Go on, go on
And lodge in a tender spot
Of some human soul where the fires of hate
And selfishness are not.”

My song went on but a little space
And hied it back to me;
And fell at my feet in a sorry plight—
The victim of cruelty.

I gazed a moment and quickly saw
Just how it had come about,
A cruel critic had caught my song
And probed the soul of it out.

O, poor indeed is the human mind
(And why was it ever wrought?)
That can thrive on husk in the form of words,
And not on a sturdy thought.

Poem Attribution © Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr., My Song

Source Attribution https://poets.org/poem/my-song

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