Open Box – Flower quotation of the day

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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Painting – Photography – Poetry – Saturday’s Weekly Round-up View – Selected by Goff James

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Art – Poetry – Thursday’s Round-up Read and View – Selected by Goff James

Painting 1 Attribution © Seren Bell, Twin Lambs Full Moon, (Date Unstated)

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Poem 1 Attribution © Philip Larkin, First Sight

Source Attribution https://hellopoetry.com/poem/68923/first-sight/

Senryū 1, 2, 3 Attribution © Goff James, Spinning and Spinning, Standing at the Door, Bathed in Sleep’s Dark Dreams

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Painting 2 Attribution © Rosemarie Bloch, Fading Memories, (Date Unstated)

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Poetry Plus – First Sight – A poem by Philip Larkin

First Sight by Philip Larkin

Springtime Lambing Wakes

Springtime lambing wakes
The passing of seasons spied
Winter surrenders

Philip Larkin (Philip Arthur Larkin, 1922 -1985) an English poet, novelist, and librarian.

Larkin is most highly regarded as the poet who gave expression to a clipped, antiromantic sensibility prevalent in English verse in the 1950s.

Larkin’s first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945, followed by two novels, Jill (1946) and A Girl in Winter (1947), and he came to prominence in 1955 with the publication of his second collection of poems, The Less Deceived, followed by The Whitsun Weddings (1964) and High Windows (1974).

He contributed to The Daily Telegraph as its jazz critic from 1961 to 1971, articles gathered in All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–71 (1985), and he edited The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse (1973).

His many honours include the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He was offered, but declined, the position of Poet Laureate in 1984, following the death of Sir John Betjeman.

Poem Attribution © Philip Larkin, First Sight

Source Attribution https://hellopoetry.com/poem/68923/first-sight/

Haiku Attribution Goff James, Springtime Lambing Wakes

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Painting Attribution © Seren Bell, Twin Lambs Full Moon, (Date Unstated)

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First Sight by Philip Larkin 

Lambs that learn to walk in snow
When their bleating clouds the air
Meet a vast unwelcome, know
Nothing but a sunless glare.

Newly stumbling to and fro
All they find, outside the fold,
Is a wretched width of cold.

As they wait beside the ewe,
Her fleeces wetly caked, there lies
Hidden round them, waiting too,
Earth’s immeasureable surprise.

They could not grasp it if they knew,
What so soon will wake and grow
Utterly unlike the snow.

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Art – Poetry – Quote – Wednesday’s Round-up Read and View – A selection by Goff James

Painting 1 Attribution © Anselm Kiefer, Deutschlands Geisteshelden (German Spiritual Heroes), 1973

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Paintings 2, 3, 4 Attribution Goff James, Imagination 1, Music 1, Music 2,

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Senryū 1, 2 Attribution Goff James, Following the Path, Scorched Bright by Night’s Fire

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Painting 5 Attribution © Connie Adcock, Mirage, (Date Unstated)

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Art – Poetry – Tuesday’s Round-up Read and View – Selected by Goff James

Painting 1 Attribution © Natasha Malenkova, Emerald Wave, (Date Unstated)

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Poem 1 Attribution © Jean Cocteau, Sobre Las Olas (On The Waves)

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/sobre-las-olas-on-the-waves/

Haiku 1 and Senryū 1, 2 Attribution © Goff James, Hills Bathed in Silence, Sometimes Just Sometimes, Learning from Mistakes

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Painting 2 Attribution © German Bustamante, Jigsaw, (Date Unstated)

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Poetry Plus – Sobre Las Olas (On The Waves) – A poem by Jean Cocteau

Sobre Las Olas by Jean Cocteau

Ah Joy Joy Such Joy

Ah joy joy such joy
Round and round love’s secrets spin
Summer’s carousel

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (1889 -1963) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist and critic.

Cocteau insisted on calling himself a poet, classifying the great variety of his works – poems, novels, plays, essays, drawings, films – as “poésie”, “poésie de roman”, “poésie de thêatre”, “poésie critique”, “poésie graphique” and “poésie cinématographique”.

From 1900 to 1904, Cocteau attended the Lycée Condorcet where he met and began a relationship with schoolmate Pierre Dargelos, who would reappear throughout Cocteau’s oeuvre.

Cocteau published his first volume of poems, Aladdin’s Lamp, at nineteen. Cocteau soon became known in Bohemian artistic circles as The Frivolous Prince, the title of a volume he published at twenty-two.

Edith Wharton described him as a man

“to whom every great line of poetry was a sunrise, every sunset the foundation of the Heavenly City…”

Poem Attribution © Jean Cocteau, Sobre Las Olas (On The Waves)

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/sobre-las-olas-on-the-waves/

Senryū Attribution Goff James, Ah Joy Joy Such Joy

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Bio Attribution Reference https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Cocteau

Painting 2 Attribution Amedeo Modigliani, Jean Cocteau, (1916)

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Painting 1 Attribution © Natasha Malenkova, Emerald Wave, (Date Unstated)

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Sobre Las Olas (On The Waves) by Jean Cocteau

The boys in striped knitware
make the waves sprout–is it a storm?
Everything coos and the bathing girl
consults the mirror of the skies

Waltz, emerald carriages
As a rosebush swells its sides
Once more on the merry-go-round
Spring at the bottom of the sea.

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Paintings – Poetry – Music – Monday’s Round-up Read, View and Listen – Selected by Goff James

Painting 1 Attribution © Shalev Mann, String Quartet #71, (Canvas ’14)

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Poem 1 Attribution © Robert Herrick, To Music ~ A Song

Source Attribution https://allpoetry.com/To-Music:-A-Song

Senryū 1, 2, 3 Attribution Goff James, Words Stitched Together, Summer’s Red Roses Fade, Listening to Ravel

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Painting 2 Attribution © Marisa R Ng, Beautiful in Blue, (Date Unstated)

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Music Attribution © Ben E. King / Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber, Stand By Me

Video Attribution Soulful Sounds

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Poetry Plus – To Music ~ A Song – A poem by Robert Herrick

© Shalev Mann, String Quartet #71, (Canvas ’14)

To Music ~ A Song by Robert Herrick

Ah Music Music

Ah music music
Stiller of the troubled brow
Tamer of the beast

Robert Herrick, (1591 -1674), English cleric and poet, the most original of the “sons of Ben [Jonson],” who revived the spirit of the ancient classic lyric.

He is best remembered for the line “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,” and is counted among the Cavalier poets.

Almost forgotten in the 18th century, and in the 19th century alternately applauded for his poetry’s lyricism and condemned for its “obscenities,”

Robert Herrick nowadays is recognized as one of the most accomplished nondramatic poets of his age. Long dismissed as merely a “minor poet” and, as a consequence, neglected or underestimated by scholars and critics

Herrick wrote elegies, satires, epigrams, love songs to imaginary mistresses, marriage songs, complimentary verse to friends and patrons, and celebrations of rustic and ecclesiastical festivals.

The appeal of Herrick’s poetry lies in its truth to human sentiments and its perfection of form and style.

Frequently light, worldly, and hedonistic and making few pretensions to intellectual profundity, it yet covers a wide range of subjects and emotions, ranging from lyrics inspired by rural life to wistful evocations of life and love’s evanescence and fleeting beauty.

Herrick’s lyrics are notable for their technical mastery and the interplay of thought, rhythm, and imagery that they display. As such, they are typical of the Cavalier poets, a group identifiable by its politics—loyal to Charles I during the English Civil Wars—and the distinct tone and style of its members’ verse.

As a poet, Herrick was steeped in the classical tradition; he was also influenced by English folklore and lyrics, by Italian madrigals, by the Bible and patristic literature, and by contemporary English writers, notably Jonson and Robert Burton.

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.britannica.com/biography/Robert-Herrick-English-clergyman-and-poet

Poem Attribution © Robert Herrick, To Music ~ A Song

Source Attribution https://allpoetry.com/To-Music:-A-Song

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.britannica.com/biography/Robert-Herrick-English-clergyman-and-poet & https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-herrick

Image Attribution Niccolò Schiavonetti, Robert Herrick, (after Unknown artistline engraving, circa 1790-1813)

Source Attribution https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw39776/Robert-Herrick

Senryū Attribution, Goff James, Ah Music Music

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Painting Attribution © Shalev Mann, String Quartet #71, (Canvas ’14)

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Paintings – Photos – Poetry – Sunday’s Round-up Read and View – Selected by Goff James

Painting 1 Attribution © Agnès Lefèvre, Les Roses Rouges, (Date Unstated)

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Poem 1 Attribution © Percy Bysshe Shelley, Love’s Philosophy, 1819

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/50262/loves-philosophy

Painting 2 Attribution © Tamaz Gogoladze, Harlequin, (Date Unstated)

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Poem 2 Attribution © John Keats, Last Sonnet (“Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art”)

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44468/bright-star-would-i-were-stedfast-as-thou-art

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Senryū 1, 2, 3 Attribution, Close Your Eyes, Broken Promises, Midnight Silent Sings

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Painting 3 Attribution © Elaine Kehew, Midnight in the Garden of Good, (Date unstated)

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