Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Poetry :)

-- Quote of the Day --

"A word is not the same with one writer as with another.
One tears it from his guts.
The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket."

~ Charles Peguy

* Keep dropping by to find writer interviews and special guest posts throughout April & May! Check out the 5 writer interviews we've posted on our blog so far by scrolling down and browsing previous posts.

-- Conscious Discussions --

In honor of Poetry Month (April, 2010) we decided to set up a special day for poetry readings today (April 13): www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions

*Today's episode will be archived for anyone who would like to access it at their convenience. Simply click on the URL above to find the radio program and all our archived episodes.

Here's one of the poems I'll be reading today:

True Knowledge
*Excerpted from the book Towards Understanding. by Lillian Brummet:

Each of us is motivated either by intuition of self-servance.
Dented and buffered by our distinct memories,
Which are shaped by our context of experience,
We struggle to find understanding in a structured society.
Who says structure has anything to do with reason?
Society is really based on what we do not know…
Yet we generously share knowledge internationally.
So – understanding little we grope for leaders, heroes…
When what we need are active citizens.
Un-stifled imagination – it is the tool of certainty.
One era’s ethics only corrupt future generations.
Nonconformity is an insult, a sign of disloyalty to society…
But does true knowledge belong only to scholars?
True understanding comes not from a degree;
Not from stretching our small mouths to fit
A vocabulary we are meant to recite.
We are the heroes that we seek. You and I.
What are you doing in you life? That is where it lies.
Does this mean money? I think not.
Does it mean good deeds? Maybe.
I believe it lies in understanding …
And accepting – before judging or acting.
It lies in the heart – in the mind;
Settled in self and matter around us.
A society of followers, of conformists, of memorizers and repeaters.
Why repeat what has been done before?
Be a hero.
Act today.

(©2002 – published in Towards Understanding, page 149.)

-- Blog Interview With Lillian --

Please check out this fun interview I took part in at: http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/2010/04/interview-with-author-lillian-brummet.html

Feel free to post comments there on this blog and check out Lisa's other posts - this is a really interesting blog for those interested in the world of writing.

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at www.brummet.ca

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