'Light verse' suggests frivolity. You would indeed have to search hard to find deep meaning in, for example, the title poem and 2002: A Space Fantasy. Some, however, like Zing-Zor, Glorious War do contain a more serious message, although conveyed in a light way.
The primary purpose of all 76 pages of this poetry collection is, however, to entertain. For more serious - though I hope not unrelentingly grim - poetry have a look at SCENES FROM SEASONS (but not that sort of season).
LibriVox volunteers bring you 19 recordings of The Window on the Hill by Madison Julius Cawein. This was the Weekly Poetry project for April 22, 2012.Madison Julius Cawein was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the fifth child of William and Christiana (Stelsly) Cawein. His father made patent medicines from herbs. Cawein thus became acquainted with and developed a love for local nature as a child. After graduating from high school, Cawein worked in a pool hall in Louisville as a cashier in Waddill's New-market, which also served as a gambling house. He worked there for six years, saving his pay so he could return home to write. His output was thirty-six books and 1,500 poems. His writing presented Kentucky scenes in a language echoing Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats. He soon earned the nickname the "Keats of Kentucky". He was popular enough that, by 1900, he told the Louisville Courier-Journal that his income from publishing poetry in magazines amounted to about $100 a month (Summary by Wikipedia)
In Love in Thin Places, David Grieve, a chaplain at Durham Cathedral, invites us to join him as he walks around the greatest of the Northern cathedrals. In this building that has offered sanctuary, silence and space for prayer to many over the centuries, we meet not only saints like Cuthbert, Bede and Godric but are also confronted with the questions and concerns of today's pilgrims and visitors and not least the chaplain himself.
The poems have been written over a period of thirty years, in some cases as a direct result of personal experiences or impressions received while at the Cathedral. The Cathedral is a Thin Place, where the distance between the close presence of God and the realities of life on earth seems to shorten. This is building with its many functions as a house of worship, music, art and other exhibitions, university graduations and all manner of events is itself a medium through which we can draw closer to God, speaking as it does of him.
Ken Narasaki's adaptation of the novel by Japanese-American author John Okada is set during the aftermath of the U.S. government's incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent during World War II, and the resettlement of Japanese Americans to the West Coast. In the play, Ichiro returns to Seattle, where he struggles to transition into post-war life.Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood, in January 2021.No-No Boy is sponsored in part by the California Civil Liberties Program from the California State Library.Directed by Anna Lyse EriksonProducing Director: Susan Albert LoewenbergKurt Kanazawa as TaroEmily Kuroda as Mrs. Kanno and Mrs. KumasakaJohn Miyasaki as Freddie and othersKen Narasaki as Kenji, Kumasaka-san and othersSharon Omi as MaJoy Osmanski as Emi, 2ASab Shimono as PaGreg Watanabe as IchiroPaul Yen as Eto, Jun and othersSenior Producer: Anna Lyse EriksonPrepared for audio by Mark HoldenSound design by Mark Holden and Neil WogensonRecording Engineers: Charles Carroll and Neil WogensonMixed by Charles Carroll and Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West HollywoodSenior Radio Producer: Ronn LipkinFoley Artist: Jeff GardnerEditor: Neil Wogenson
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