Tuesday, September 06, 2016

I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization. Frantz Fanon, (Black Skins, White Mask - 1952, trans. 1967) 

Note: This quote influenced the naming of my blog, Morphological Confetti. "To speak" is to create like Abracadabra which is said to be an Aramaic phrase meaning "I create as I speak." I hope that you have enjoyed my creations. Merci, monsieur, Fanon. Merci.

Laurence Albert - Sietes Canciones Populares EspaƱolas by Manuel de Fall...

I am the first to admit that I do not know much about opera, but I've always admired it as a dramatic musical form. I especially admire those who have the talent to perform it on the world stage. I must also admit that when the performer is of African descent, it makes it especially interesting to me. I recently came across the music of Professor Laurence Albert, and I must say that I was impressed. It caused me to want to learn more about the opera. I see myself getting dressed one evening for a night on the town with opera! I will, of course, be accompanied by my wife who also loves the music. Perhaps I will have the pleasure one day of seeing Mr. Albert perform live. That will be a treat. Meanwhile, I will try to see what is offered here in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. I'm sure that there is much to see and hear. This featured video is just a taste of the professor's mellifluous baritone voice. To find out more about Laurence Albert, click his name. Thank you for sharing your gift to the world, Laurence. I'm looking forward to hearing more. Applause.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Haiku and Video

Haiku #10

North Jersey winds sweep
Over hills, sands, and wet lands
A sandpiper twerks

Sea Lion Woman - Christine and Katherine Shipp

I love what Nina Simone did with this song, but this original adolescent song is so pure and innocent. I love it.  It goes to show how much of a cultural preservationist Nina Simone was through her music. She not only sung and preserved African American culture but American culture. She was and still is a treasure. Nevertheless, thank you Ms. Christine and Katherine Shipp for this lovely rendition. Peace~ 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Journal Entry

Journal entry:

Today, I tried to fall back into a rhythm - a living rhythm. I've been "off" for the last couple of weeks, but I'm am slowly getting back into some sort of routine. Then again, perhaps this is my chance to break away from routine. I don't know? There are just times that I strive for "normalcy" whatever that is or isn't.

Anyway, I went to the library, sat in the lobby, and started reading a biography about C.S. Lewis. My father gave it to me as a gift while he was here in Washington for my mother's home-going service. We recently had a conversation over the phone concerning Mr. Lewis, so, I guess that he felt it would be a good gift. He was right. Besides, good things usually happen after he gives me a book. Yes, that is the superstition that I have decided concerning my father and books. Plus, it's a chance to have something beyond surface conversation with my father. Who cares about the weather and classes when we can exchange thoughts about a great writer and theologian. Besides, no one else in the family is likely to have that conversation. Peace~

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Thoughts and Writing update

I haven't commented lately on my progress with writing. I have been writing periodically over the month of June, but I have taken a break to finish summer grading and spend time with family. Now, I am getting back into my writing mode. I'm still searching myself for direction concerning a theme or focus for my next collection. I feel that this will make me more focused with my writing. Then again, that approach may hinder. Perhaps I will just write (not rush) and allow things to just fall into place. What do you think?

Nonetheless, I will write. In fact, I must write. When I search my intentions, I find that my desire to continue writing is based on my need for creative expression. I love the reaction that readers give to my words. Sometimes, I think of those words being adapted for screen or stage. That would be the ultimate manisfestation of creative expression.

Well, I hope that my next update will show progress. Until then, take care, stay cool, or stay warm depending on your location on this planet. ~Peace

Photo: Alex Haley statue in Annapolis, Maryland

Yolonda Ross: The Get Down

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Countee and a little something

Blues Houseparty

Very nostalgic. The conversations and the way they people interact reminds me of my grandparents generation in North Carolina. I would visit every summer around this time in June when I was a little boy. These conversations give me ideas about language and it ultimately inspires much of my poetry. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Writing Progress: Mythology

Today, I  strayed from my dialectical form of poetry and ventured into storytelling. I wrote the first draft of a short story that has been on my mind. It also deals with myth. I taught an Introduction to Mythology course this spring and it inspired my sense of storytelling. I can tell you that it deals with matters of the heart. By the way, initially I was ambitious with my wanting to give daily updates. I will, rather, give periodic updates. I will give at least one weekly update. Enjoy your evening.

Art by Cathy Delaleu

Friday, May 20, 2016

Day 2 and 3 of Poetry Collection

Poetry Collection Progress: Researching African American Vernacular English  (AVE)

Over the past two days, I have been researching language in the black community. I find it at its purest in the music. It is a source of inspiration in my poetry.  In listening to soul/r&b, and the blues, I can hear the history of African American English in the United States. Some disregard it as poor English or "Ebonics", but I find it as rich and beautiful as those who first recognized its value and importance. Enjoy your weekend. I'll talk to you soon. Peace~

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Poetry and Me

Poem/Line count: Two poems

Hello. I've been on blogger since 2005. When I first started, I posted many blog journals that 
expressed my interest as well as my hopes and dreams in this journey we call life.  A great deal has happened since then.  For example, in the past 10 years, I've been married; I've published one book of Blues-Inspired poetry (Liquid Lunch); and I have secured a full-time job teaching college English.
Well, today I have started writing again. I am putting together another collection of Blues-inspired poetry and I want readers of MC to be involved. I think that this will encourage me and also keep  MC readers informed about my progress. So, each day I will post even if I write only one line. The progress will be at the top of the post. Thank you and enjoy your day.