Thursday
Aug142014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Alex Haley, August 11

AUGUST 11, 2014

ALEX HALEY (1921-1992) 

 

 

Location: New York City

3:00pm - 6:00pm

In Central Park just south of the North Meadow Recreation Center on the walking path above 97th Street  map link

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections by the American author of the ground-breaking 1976 autobiographical "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," and who was the ghostwriter of "The Autobiograhy of Malcolm X". The selection will then be read to them.

 

"Roots" sparked a hugely popular TV mini-series and won both the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and the National Book Award. It was also the center of a controversy regarding both plagiarism of sections of another author's book, "The African", as well as manufactured and undocumented claims regarding the genealogical existence of Kunta Kinte, the African ancestor that Haley said he had traced to a village in Gambia. Now this is generally accepted as articulated in the words of Dr. Henry Louis Gates: "Most of us feel it's highly unlikely that Alex actually found the village whence his ancestors sprang. Roots is a work of the imagination rather than strict historical scholarship."

More information about Alex Haley can be found at Wikipedia, and you can read his obituary in the New York Times here. "Roots" even has its own website...

 

Here is a scene from one of the episodes of "Roots"

   

 "In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness."


 



Saturday
Aug092014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: P.L. Travers, August 9

AUGUST 9, 2014

 P.L. TRAVERS (1899-1996)

 

Location: New York City

12:30pm - 4:30pm

In Central Park just south of The Carousel map link 

8:30pm - 11:00pm

in Times Square Pedestrian Mall in Duffy Square between 46th and 47th Streets

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections by the creator of Mary Poppins, born "Helen Lyndon Goff" in Australia but who changed her name to Pamela Lyndon Travers, Travers being the first name of her father who died when she was seven years old, and emigrated to London. The selection will then be read to them.

More information about P.L. Travers can be found at Wikipedia, and you can read a full interview with her from 1982 in The Paris Review.

  PL Travers worked as a Music Hall performer in the 1920s"I have the patience of a boa constrictor,"

sniffed Mary Poppins.

 

 

 

 

"You know, in America, everybody thinks there’s an answer to every question. They’re always saying, “But why and how?” They always think there is a solution. There is a great fortitude in that and a great sense of optimism. In Europe, we are so old that we know there are certain things to which there is not an answer. And you will remember, in this regard, that Mary Poppins’s chief characteristic, apart from her tremendous vanity, is that she never explains."

from an interview with P.L. Travers in The Paris Review (1982) 



Thursday
Aug072014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Sara Teasdale, August 8

AUGUST 8, 2014

SARA TEASDALE (1884-1933)

 

Time:  11:30am - 4:30pm

Location: New York City

In Central Park

near Strawberry Fields

or near Bethesda Fountain or Bow Bridge 

map link

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of poems by this American poet who was honored with the first ever Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1918. The selected poem will then be read to them.

More information about Sara Teasdale can be found at Wikipedia and at The Poetry Foundation, where there are links to most of her poems.

The New York Times Book Review deemed her 1915 poetry collection Rivers to the Sea "a little volume of joyous and unstudied song." And critic J. Overmyer wrote admiringly after her death that Teasdale's "simply stated thoughts are complex . . . and reverberate in the mind."

 

 

She who could bind you

    Could bind fire to a wall;

She who could hold you

    Could hold a waterfall

She who could keep you

    Could keep the wind from blowing

On a warm spring night

    With a low moon glowing.

Thursday
Aug072014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Lord Alfred Tennyson, August 6

AUGUST 6, 2014

LORD ALFRED TENNYSON (1809-1892)

 

Time:  8:00pm - 10:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

On the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of poems by this British poet, who was the National Poet Laureate from 1850 until his death in 1892, longer than any other poet before or since. The selected passages will then be read to them.

More information about Lord Alfred Tennyson can be found at Wikipedia and at The Poetry Foundation, where there are links to most of his poems.

A famous recording of Tennyson reading his poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" was made in 1890 on one of Thomas Edison’s wax cylinders.

 

 

 

“Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depths of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy autumn fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.”

Wednesday
Aug062014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Guy de Maupassant, August 5

AUGUST 5, 2014

GUY DE MAUPASSANT (1850-1893)

 

Time:  8:00pm - 10:00pm

 Location: Downtown Asheville NC

On the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of  works by this French master of the short story and the tale of the supernatural or horror. The selected passages will then be read to them.

De Maupassant wrote 300 short stories, six novels, three travel books, and one volume of verse.  He worked methodically and produced two or sometimes four volumes annually. His talent and practical business sense made him wealthy. He is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story.

More information about Guy de Maupassant can be found at Wikipedia and in French at the Larousse Encyclopedia website.  You can find links to most of his stories here.

 

 

 

 

“A human being - what is a human being? Everything and nothing. Through the power of thought it can mirror everything it experiences. Through memory and knowledge it becomes a microcosm, carrying the world within itself. A mirror of things, a mirror of facts. Each human being becomes a little universe within the universe!”

 

 

 

 

“Words dazzle and deceive because they are mimed by the face. But black words on a white page are the soul laid bare.”

 

Monday
Aug042014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Percy Bysshe Shelley, August 4

AUGUST 4, 2014

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY (1792-1822)

Time:  6:00pm - 9:30pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

 
On the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link
or Haywood St near Malaprops map link 
or the "Iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link
or near Posana's in Pack Square  map link

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of poetic works by this English romantic lyric poet. The selected passages will then be read to them.

A radical in his poetry as well as his political and social views, Shelley did not achieve fame during his lifetime, but recognition for his poetry grew steadily following his death.

 More information about Percy Bysshe Shelley can be found at Wikipedia and at The Poetry Foundation.  You can find links to some of his greatest poems here.

Here is a link to a video clip of Mick Jagger reading from Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats before a concert on July 5, 1969 following the death of Brian Jones.

 

 

 

"Men of England, wherefore plough 

For the lords who lay ye low? 

Wherefore weave with toil and care 

The rich robes your tyrants wear?

 

Wherefore feed and clothe and save 

From the cradle to the grave

Those ungrateful drones who would 

Drain your sweat—nay, drink your blood?"


from "Song: To the Men of England"

 

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

 

Sunday
Aug032014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Clifford D. Simak, August 3

AUGUST 3, 2014

CLIFFORD D. SIMAK (1904-1988)

Time:  6:00pm - 9:30pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

 
On the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link
or Haywood St near Malaprops map link 
or the "Iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link
or near Posana's in Pack Square  map link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections from this great American science fiction novelist and short story writer. The selected passages will then be read to them.

Simak won three Hugo Awards:  for Best Novel "Way Station" (1964), Best Novelette "The Big Front Yard" (1959) and Best Short Story for "Grotto of The Dancing Dear" (1981). In 1977 Simak was voted the third-ever Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.

 

 

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances) 

More information about Charles D. Simak can be found at Wikipedia and at the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.

Read his novel Project Mastodon online here; or Empire; or Way Station. Or his linked short story project: City here.

Brian W. Aldiss wrote in his foreword to the anthology “Galactic Empires” about Clifford D. Simak:

"There was a time when Simak was everyone's favourite author. A Simak story was unmistakable. When everyone else appeared to be describing big tough heroes going out and giving alien races what-for, Simak would tell you about this little old Earth man sitting on his verandah, whittling a stick when up comes this green guy. The green guy has a funny big machine come down out of the skies. The two of them get to talking, and the little old Earth man takes a can of oil and fixes the green man's funny big machine, and in exchange this green guy makes the little old Earth man's crops grow a durn sight better'n his neighbour's ever do."


 

“These are the stories that the Dogs tell when the fires burn high and the wind is from the north. Then each family circle gathers at the hearthstone and the pups sit silently and listen and when the story's done they ask many questions:

"What is Man?" they'll ask.

Or perhaps: "What is a city?"

Or: "What is a war?” 

from "City"

 

 

Saturday
Aug022014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: James Baldwin, August 2

AUGUST 2, 2014

JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987)

Time:  3:30pm - 5:00pm &  7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

near corner of S. Market St & Spruce St map link
or S. French Broad St near the YWCA map link
or Haywood St near Malaprops map link 
or the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link

 

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections from this brilliant American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and social critic.  The selected passages will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances) 

 

 

 

More information about James Baldwin can be found at Wikipedia as well as at this American Writers site. Also, here is an interview with Baldwin from 1984 in The Paris Review.

Read here about the multitude of events honoring Baldwin's 90th birthday that are happening in New York City, including naming a section of West 138th Street after him.

Watch this fabulous C-span video about and with Baldwin.

 

“American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”

 

 


“It comes as a great shock…to discover that the flag to which you have pledged allegiance…has not pledged allegiance to you. It comes as a great shock to see Gary Cooper killing off the Indians, and although you are rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians are you. Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not reciprocal."


from "Nobody Knows My Name"

 

 

Friday
Aug012014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Herman Melville, August 1

August 1, 2014 

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

 

Time:  6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either near Posana's in Pack Square  map link

or the "Iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link

or Haywood Street near Malaprops map link 

or at the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections from this 19th Century American novelist whose longest novel, Moby Dick, largely considered a failure during his lifetime and responsible for Melville's drop in popularity, was rediscovered in the 20th Century as a literary masterpiece, ahead of its time, a wild and inventive foray into modernism. The selected passages will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances) 

 

More information about Herman Melville can be found at Wikipedia or find information about him at this Melville website. If you would like to plunge into the wild ocean that is "Moby Dick", you can find the complete text at this link.

 

 

"Hearing the tremendous rush of the sea-crashing boat, the whale wheeled round to present his blank forehead at bay; but in that evolution, catching sight of the nearing black hull of the ship; seemingly seeing in it the source of all his persecutions; bethinking it—it may be—a larger and nobler foe; of a sudden, he bore down upon its advancing prow, smiting his jaws amid fiery showers of foam."

Wednesday
Jul302014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Emily Brontë, July 30

July 30, 2014 

Emily Brontë (1818-1848)

 

Time:  12:30pm - 3:30pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either near Posano's in Pack Square  map link
or the "Iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link
or Haywood Street near Malaprops map link 
or at the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections from this wild and unique British novelist and poet. The selected passages will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances) 

More information about Emily Brontë can be found at Wikipedia or find information about her village of Haworth in Yorkshire and her life there at this website. If you would like to disappear into the other-world of "Wuthering Heights", you can find the complete text at this link.

 

"My great miseries in this world have been Heathcliff's miseries, and I watched and felt each from the beginning: my great thought in living is himself. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it. My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”


Monday
Jul282014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Stanley Kunitz, July 29

July 29, 2014 

Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006)

 

Time:  12:30pm - 2:30pm  &  6:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either near Pack Square  map link
or the "Iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link
or Haywood Street near Malaprops map link 
or at the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections by this American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1959 and was named National Poet Laureate both in 1974 and in 2000. The selected passages will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

 

More information about Stanley Kunitz can be found at Wikipedia, at The Poetry Foundation website, or at the American Academy of Poets website. You can find an in depth interview in Poetry Magazine with him from 1977. You can read many of his poems at this Poetry Foundation page.

 

"How shall the heart be reconciled to its feast of losses?
In a rising wind,
the manic dust of my friends,
those who fell along the way,
bitterly stings my face.
Yet I turn.
I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered and I roamed through the wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice directed me:
-Live in the layers, not on the litter-
Though I lack the art to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter in my book of transformations is already written.
I am not done with my changes.”

from "The Layers"

 

 

Monday
Jul282014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Beatrix Potter, July 28

July 28, 2014 

Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

 

Time:  3:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Downtown Black Mountain NC

 Near Black Mountain Books   map link

 

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections by this beloved British children's book writer and illustrator, the author of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit". The selected passages will then be read to them.

 (The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

 

More information about Beatrix Potter can be found at Wikipedia and at a website for Peter Rabbit.

 

 

“I am sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea; and she gave a dose of it to Peter! 'One table-spoonful to be taken at bed-time.'  But Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail had bread and milk and blackberries for supper.”

from "The Tale of Peter Rabbit"

 

Sunday
Jul272014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Hilaire Belloc, July 27

July 27, 2014 

Hilaire Beloc (1870-1953)

 

Time:  7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Near the "iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link

or Haywood Street near Malaprops map link 

or at the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections by this British humorist, essayist and religious writer. The selected passages will then be read to them.

Beloc was the author of the satirical poems "Cautionary Tales for Children" made famouse by Edward Gorey and his aimiably Victorian illustrations of Matilda and Jim and Godolphin and all the other poor naughty, errant children who came to BAD ENDS!

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

More information about Hilaire Beloc can be found at Wikipedia and at the Catholic Education Resource Center website.

 

 

 LINES FOR A CHRISTMAS CARD


"May all my enemies go to hell,
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel!"

 

Saturday
Jul262014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: George Bernard Shaw, July 26

July 26, 2014 

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

 

Time:  2:00pm - 4:00pm  &  6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

 

 

Either near the "iron" sculpture at Wall St & Battery Park Ave   map link

or Haywood Street near Malaprops map link 

or at the corner of North Lexington Ave & Walnut St map link

 

 

 

 

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections by this Irish-born playwright, critic, essayist, lecturer and vegetarian, the author of "Pygmalion" which was adapted into the musical "My Fair Lady". The selected passages will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

More information about George Bernard Shaw can be found at Wikipedia or read his plays and prefaces and essays at this Read Books Online site.

 

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”


Wednesday
Jul232014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Alexandre Dumas, July 24

July 24, 2014 

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

 

Time:  6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

 

 

Either near the "iron" sculpture at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue    map link

or on Haywood Street near Malaprops map link 

or at the Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & Walnut Street map link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections by this French author of adventure classics such as "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo". The selected passages will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

More information about Alexandre Dumas can be found at Wikipedia or read his books and stories online at this site, The Literature Network.

 

“All for one and one for all.”

"Un pour tous, et tous pour un!”

Wednesday
Jul232014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Raymond Chandler, July 23

July 23, 2014 

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

 

Time: 1:30pm - 4:00pm  &  7:30pm - 9:30pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

 

 

Either near the "iron" sculpture at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue    map link

or on Haywood Street near Malaprops map link 

or at the Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & Walnut Street map link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections by this American detective writer and screenwriter, the creator of Philip Marlowe, the iconic detective played by Humphrey Bogart in "The Big Sleep" and Elliot Gould in "The Long Goodbye". The selected passages will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


More information about Raymond Chandler can be found at Wikipedia, the Thrilling Detective website, and this Raymond Chandler website.

 

"Shake your business up and pour it. I don't have all day." 

from "The Big Sleep"

 

Tuesday
Jul222014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Amy Vanderbilt, July 22

July 22, 2014 

Amy Vanderbilt (1908-1974)

 

Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either near the "iron" sculpture at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue    map link
or on Haywood Street near Malaprops 
map link 
or at the Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & Walnut Street  map link

 

 

Passersby are invited to chose from a variety of etiquette topics as covered by this Post-World War II manners expert in her 1952 eponymous book "Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette". The selected topics will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

 

 More information about Amy Vanderbilt can be found at  Wikipedia.

If you would like to test your manners against the "source", you can click here to find the complete text of her Complete Book of Etiquette (1957 edition).

Trivia fact: the original line illustrations for her book were done by "Andrew Warhol"... before his silk screens of celebs.

 

 

“Good manners have much to do with the emotions.

To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.”

 

 

Monday
Jul212014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Ernest Hemingway, July 21

July 21, 2014 

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) 

 

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue  map link
or on Haywood Street near Malaprops  map link 
or at Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & Walnut Street  map link



 Passersby are invited to chose from selections of fiction, non-fiction and other writings by American writer and Ex-Pat, "Papa" Hemingway. The selected passages will then be read to them.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 More information about Ernest Hemingway can be found at these links from Wikipedia and at The Poetry Foundation.

 

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

 

 

 


 

Travel Writer Corey Harvard wrote a charming review of At-A-Site Theater's "Celebrating the Birthday of Dead Writers" project on his travel site The Trip That Takes Us.  Corey enjoyed Monika's reading of this passage from "The Sun Also Rises":


Sunday
Jul202014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Francesco Petrarch, July 20

 July 20, 2014 

Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374) 

Time: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue  map link
or on Haywood Street near Malaprops  map link 
or at Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & Walnut Street  map link


Passersby are invited to chose from selections by this medieval poet and eternal lover of his muse "Laura". The selected passages will then be read to them.

Petrarch's name has been attached to the "Petrachian Sonnet" form which works very well in Italian, but most sonnets in Engish are written in the Shakepspearean iambic pentameter form.

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)

 

More information about Francesco Petrarch can be found at these links from Wikipedia and this website devoted to him and his works.

For more information about Laura de Nevos and whether Petrarch's "Laura" existed or not, click here.

If you would like to try your hand at writing a Petrarchian sonnet, either an octave or a sestet, go here for the stucture!


 

 

“. . . The senses reign, and reason now is dead;
from one pleasing desire comes another.
Virtue, honor, beauty, gracious bearing,
sweet words have caught me in her lovely branches
in which my heart is tenderly entangled.
In thirteen twenty-seven, and precisely
at the first hour of the sixth of April
I entered the labyrinth, and I see no way out.”

-  lines upon first seeing "Laura", his muse

 

"Laura, illustrated by her virtues and well-celebrated in my verse, appeared to me for the first time during my youth in 1327, on April 6, in the Church of Saint Claire in Avignon, in the first hour of the day; and in the same city, in the same month, on the same sixth day at the same first hour in the year of 1348, withdrew from life, while I was at Verona, unconscious of my loss.... Her chaste and lovely body was interred on the evening of the same day in the church of the Minorites: her soul, as I believe, returned to heaven, whence it came."

 

Friday
Jul182014

At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Vladimir Mayakovsky, July 19

 July 19, 2014 

Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930)

 

Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Location: Downtown Asheville NC

Either at Wall Street & Battery Park Avenue  map link
or on Haywood Street near Malaprops  map link 
or at Southeast corner of North Lexington Avenue & Walnut Street  map link

 

Passersby are invited to chose from selections by this Russian Futurist revoutionary poet and avant garde theater creator. The selected passages will then be read to them.

 

(The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


Sketch by Meyerhold of a costume from Mayakovsky's play "Mystery Bouffe"

 

 

 

More information about Vladimir Mayakovsky can be found at these links from Wikipedia and this Russian Poetry website. Here is a rare audio recording of his lover, Lila Blik, reading Mayakovsky's poem "The Fop's Blouse" in Russian.

 

 

“There’s no grandfatherly fondness in me,

There are no gray hairs in my soul!

Shaking the world with my voice and grinning,

I pass you by, - handsome,

Twentytwoyearold.”