way challenges the notion of the traditional "story line" by presenting detailed
accounts of multiple characters simultaneously. It is clear from the length
of War & Peace that Tolstoy wanted us to live in that world for a while,
it was intended to be read slowly.
Thinking today a bit of the Priest Fr. Alexander Men who was killed in Russia for his faith. Bishop Joseph Sigrist (a long time friend) is a scholar of his work and has a web page set up as well that you may want to visit @ http://www.alexandermen.com/Main_Page
"The entire piece was originally intended to be recorded and released as one full side of the band's third studio album, Waiting for the Sun, in 1968. However, record producer Paul A. Rothchild and the other members of the band thought that the extended poetic sections and overall length of the piece made a complete recording impossible."
I spoke with Michael Abraham, the Author of "The Spine of The Virginias" at Solitude of Virginia Tech about the idea of a reunification as well a while back, he said he had written an article titled "Is West Virignia Necessary". My thinking is yes it is necessary to allow West Virignia to remain a soverign state because the people there voted it into being and continue to be proud to be from there and to remain there. I think it is because I have family from both Virignia and West Virginia that I have this perspective. I have been in favor of renaming Virginia to East Virginia out of respect for years now.
"During the Civil War, Monroe County favored the South. Ninety-five percent of men eligible for military service were in one of the 12 locally formed units that served the Confederate States. As a result of its Southern allegiance Monroe County was occupied by Union forces for three years after the war."
West Virginia: The Illegal State by Jeremy T.K. Farley https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692567429/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_3ApeEbK908932 via @amazon
2009 and thought about how important his poetry has been
to me over the years and his teaching as well. I was given an anthology
Bly had Edited and a video back around 1990-92 or so. The book was titled
"The Rag & Bone Shop of The Heart" and I recently purchased the hardback
version of it because I love it so much. The video was a tape of a Bill Moyer's PBS
special that featured Robert Bly and his work with the men's movement at the time.
It was called "A Gathering of Men" and in it Bly performs spoken word poems
with music and lectures gatherings of men. The poetry is transcendent and beautiful
and his reading of "The Wind One Brilliant Day" inspired me to perform it with my own
band later on. There is a healing component to Bly's work, but not without digging around
in the "mud" of everyday life and going through the grief that all of us face first. I always
thought of Robert Bly as one of my Spiritual Fathers, a Poet who cares about truth and Souls
From August 17th 2019
My family gave me a copy of a Robert Bly video back in 1989 that made a great impression on me. Robert Bly writes striking poems and is a truth bearer, a traveler downward through the grief, "making a hole in denial". Bly's reading of "The Wind One Brilliant Day" has stuck with me all of these years @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tcwpu3qCZy4
"We learned to lie about life early. Alice Miller in Prisoners of Childhood and For Your Own Good notes how fiercely children who have suffered abuse from parents will resist the truth. The child does not want to confront. The child will defend the parent, insisting that it deserved beating, and the abuse was done for 'my own good.'
Goethe in his poem "The Invisible King" declares that there are ominous and dangerous forces in the other world, both female and male in tone. When the rationalist European father refuses to see the horrors that mythology has talked of for centuries, the children -in this case the son-dies.
The corporate deniers own television. We can forget about that.There's no hope in commercial television at all.The schools teach denial by not teaching, and the student's language is so poor that they can't do anything but deny."
Making a Hole in Denial
From-The Rag and Bone Shop
of the Heart
When I listen to Hovhanness I also get this impression, it is the music of eternity.
who filled the
lost vision was
lone-bright as the
dreams begin [within]
beyond the spell
of mourning hours/
O soft blooms of the
& whispered secrets
As I have been
For Katelan F.
"We are a great mystery to ourselves, much less God who is an even greater mystery."
driving into them from North Virginia with my family was inspirational
and awe inspiring. I began to wander through the Jefferson and George
Washington National Forests while I attended Virginia Tech and
in search of a poem, which I often found beside the New River, at the edge
of a cliff on Moutain Lake we called "the Rock" and in the deep woods beside
Caldwell Fields. Later on I discoverd an old School House at the
other side of Pilot Mountain and was inspired to have poetry shows there
and create a little library, it is the spirit mists and the open air of incline and sleepy blue
pine that still keep me wandering out there.
"The Cherokee Indians called the Blue Ridge Mountains 'the Great Blue Hills of God' "