Happy Poetry Friday!
I’m hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today, drop your links off below with Mister Linky, and enjoy all the poetry ponderings around our small planet.
Along with my poem and art, I found an interesting art/culture article from the NYTimes that I’m sharing some from.
You don’t have to look far to find our small world in pain and disrepair, here-America, Africa-Chad, Europe-Ukraine, and on and on… Though somehow artists in all areas seem to carry on with culture. Ukraine is on my mind with the recent bombardments there. While reading the NYTimes I found an article related to art/culture and artists from Ukraine doing just that, carrying on. The article is, In Paris Then, in Kyiv Now, Visions of Freedom and Bravery. You may not be able to access it if you aren’t a subscriber so I’m going to share a couple of quotes and a few links to some of the artists mentioned. Many of the artists are still in Ukraine, while some are displaced.
Here’e an excerpt by the articles author Jason Fargo,
“when culture took on the dimensions of survival, Ukraine’s artists have done what I thought could no longer be done: They have met history head-on. Their work is not the work of victims. It is the work of combatants — of active participants in an explicit culture war, proving every day that civic values can help defeat a supposedly superior adversary.”
This is a quote by poet and novelist Serhiy Zhadan,
“Yet our language has turned out to be much stronger than any attempt to compel us to remain silent, to forgo calling a spade a spade, or to forgo pronouncing the names we use to identify each other. We are trying to stand up to death; we are trying to stand up to absolute silence.”
Zhadan’s forthcoming book is called, “Sky Above Kharkiv.”
More artists mentioned:
Visual Artist Maria Kulikovska’s website
Oleg Shudeiko, a young composer “who works extensively with modular synthesis.”
“Gasoline Radio, a noncommercial station launched in Kyiv just this year, has kept Ukrainian house, techno and even folk music streaming worldwide, even amid the power cuts.”
There’s also a campaign of posters assembled all over Kyiv, “a one-word slogan, overlaid on images of soldiers, firefighters, grandpas, dog walkers. The word is bravery, a quality we honor in others but have grown lazy in asking of ourselves. “
Sending wishes for Peace, Joy, and a cease to War for all!
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