Literature and Performance

Summer 2010

Love – Performed By Willie A Morton II

July 21st, 2010

I chose “Love” by Pokahontaz because it is another African American Poem that caught my eye because I do not really read about love, but this poem enthralled me with the different metaphors and it is a much different read because I usually read about race in poems. This piece made me want to read more Love poems because i loved the way she showed both aspects of love, the good and the bad. I read this piece slowly and made sure to pour my emotions into every stanza. Slowly reading certain words,  pausing to let the audience catch the emotion, and reading it as if i was in love with someone. I hope you enjoy it!


The Weary Blues Read By Willie Morton II

I choose Langton Hughes’s The Weary Blues, because my favorite genre of poetry is African American poetry stated in my most recent post. The southern style captivates me and I just cannot stop reading them. The Weary Blues is a story about a man singing about his problems in life and how hes done worrying about them. is is a very southern and slow read that helps the reader visualize the poem. i read the poem similar to the way Hughes read it, but i still incorporated my own style in reading this piece.

My Recordings

July 21st, 2010

The reason why I chose to read the poem entitled,”You Call Yourself a Man,” is because I have personally connect with this piece. I am fully aware of what its like to  have a father who has left me hurting as a result of something that he’s to me. My father refuses to take responsibility for his actions. Through reading this piece I have found a constructive way to vent my anger and frustration in a way that people can understand.

You Call Yourself a Man

My Dear Camera

The reason why I chose to read this selection is because while reading Arthur Ashe’s memoir, this was the part of the book that really struck me as touching. He wrote this letter to his daughter in hopes that after he dies, she will always remember him. It warm my heart to that no matter what Camera is going through, she will always have this letter from her late father to look back on.I think that this letter exhibits what a brilliant man Arthur Ashe really was.

The Lanyard by Billy Collins

July 21st, 2010

For the poetry selection, I chose The Lanyard by Billy Collins.  He describes the relationship between a generous mother and a son who tries to repay her with a seemingly insignificant gift, a lanyard. This poem is particularly relevant for summer as many mothers are sending their sons off to camp to swim, play, hike, and of course, weave together these worthless pieces of string.

When I chose this poem I was thinking of my own dear ol’ Ma.  However, it was not me at camp this summer but her.  She took off to Boy Scout Camp in the woods of North Carolina along with my step-dad and kid brother.  Reading this poem reminded me of that sense of joy a kid gets being at camp having fun. The piece also convicted me of just how much I’m indebted to this caring woman and how much I miss her.

The Lanyard

“The Rose In The Snow” and “Alone” (performed by Elisha Jenkins)

July 20th, 2010


The Rose In The Snow” and “Alone” (Performed by Elisha Jenkins) -Unknown Author

” The Rose In The Snow” is truly a great poem. In the poem the speaker is illustrating his love for this woman whom he describes specifcally but generally as well. I chose this poem because I am ” in love” with the concept and idea of love and everything that comes with it. Love is what makes the world go around and I can appreciate the author’s honesty with this woman.

Alone (performed by Elisha Jenkins)- Greg A. Bealer

I chose “Alone” by Greg A. Bealer because I wanted to challenge myself and perform a piece that gives a completely different mood from my usual pieces. “Alone” is so significant because alot of people can relate to the main character in the poem. He is completely alone and feels like he has absolutely no one to turn to. He holds onto anything he can just to maintain sanity, hopes and dreams. He uses different communication such as “chat” and the telephone but in the end, he still remains the same——alone.

Frida’s Suicide Note to Diego

July 20th, 2010

Frida’s Suicide Note to Diego

Read and written by Sara Cardoza   [Frida’sSuicideNote]

I chose to read this poem because I have always had a small love affair with Frida Kahlo. I find her an incredibly engimatic, beautiful, interesting, and tragic person. Years ago I found a copy of her published diary in my grandparent’s hometown library. I could feel so much of the pain she experienced during her life  come through the poems and drawings she added to her diary.  Also, I could relate her pain to some of my own tragedies I had experienced at that point in my my life.  Frida had so much love for her husband Diego Rivera, and while he loved her as well, he was never entirely her own, and their marriage was not always a happy one. Frida’s pain reminds me that we can never truly know, or possess anyone but ourselves; and even with ourselves, there are so many unknown recesses.

No one knows if Frida committed suicide, but her last entry in her diary was: “I hope the going is joyful, and I hope never to return.” This poem is written as if she did end her suffering by her own hand, and wrote these last words to her husband– her greatest joy and also her greatest heartache.

Lilo & Stitch: A Read-ALoud Storybook

July 20th, 2010

Sara Cardoza reads Lilo & Stitch: A Read-ALoud Storybook

I chose to read [ Sara Cardoza Reading 1 ] Lilo and Stitch because I have always loved the movie. My family lived in Oahu, Hawaii during one of my father’s duty stations and the islands’ life  has made a lasting impression on my own. When I saw the movie years ago I immediately connected with the characters, the music, and the way the film captured the Hawaiian spirit–even if it was intended for young children.  Lilo and Stitch is a fun choice because of all the  unique character  voices.  Jumba has a decidedly Russian accent, Nani and David have the island accents, Cobra Bubbles (voiced by Ving Rhames) is deep and intimidating, and Stitch…well Stitch’s voice is all his own . I wished Stitch had as many parts in the book as he did in the film because I love intimating his voice, and his relationship with Lilo is very touching and sweet.  In choosing this book to read, I hope I am able to bring to life (as much as I can) the colorful characters and some of the Hawaiian spirit I have always loved so much.

Little Tree and The Lorax performed by Laura Johnson

July 20th, 2010

I chose to re-read E.E. Cummings’ “Little Tree” because I thought I could do a much better job after listening to the critiques in class. I tried to take Kristin’s comment about reading it as though I was a child at Christmas time to heart. I hope you enjoy it!

Little Tree

Upon learning that one of the two final performances had to be a narrative, I knew immediately I wanted to do a children’s book, but which one? I finally (after much thought and consideration) decided on Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” because I remember how much I loved to hear my dad read it to me when I was little. Like all Dr. Seuss books, “The Lorax” can be enjoyed as a simple story as well as interpreted as commentary on a particular issue (in this case, conserving and protecting our environment). I believe this book is a perfect choice for my final project because protecting the environment for future generations is a huge concern of mine.

The Lorax

The the impotence of proofreading by Taylor Mali — read by Kate Spencer

July 20th, 2010

Ever since my Creative Writing teacher in my junior year showed us a video of Taylor Mali, I have been absolutely infatuated with him. I’m not usually one for spoken word poets, but he just has such conviction and actually speaks out for issues I feel strongly about. This poem in particular is both humorous and slightly sad when you realize how many people suck at spelling and grammar, the thing that bugs me about kids these days on the internet who thing those things are completely unimportant.

This spoken word poem is basically a humorous trash talk to all of you out there who disregard proofreading in your daily lives.

The the impotence of proofreading by Taylor Mali

Payne – London / Robinson

July 20th, 2010

Download Payne – London – Even Unto Death (~9:30)

For the narrative portion, I chose the short story Even Unto Death by Jack London.  In the short story, Bat Morganston asks Frona Payne (the last name is entirely coincidental) to marry him before heading off to the Arctic.  She answers yes, but soon after he leaves, falls for another man and agrees to marry him instead.  Bat’s revenge for this betrayal unnerves Frona more than any words could.  Even Unto Death was originally published in The San Francisco Evening Post Magazine on July 28, 1900.  Text.

I chose this story because I enjoy reading classic pre-1950’s science fiction (Frankenstein and H.G. Wells, rather than flying saucers and Dune).  Last year, a friend gave me a copy of London’s Fantastic Tales, which is a collection of his shorter science fiction.  Before reading it, I thought London was just that guy who wrote about dog-sledding, wolves, and the tundra, but I found out there was a little bit more to him.

Download Payne – Robinson – Richard Cory (~1:00)

For the poem, I chose Edwin Arlington Robinson’s Richard Cory.  Richard Cory is a man who has it all, wealth, looks, personality.  Appearances aren’t always accurate, as this short poem proves.  A person can have it all going their way on the outside, but have absolutely nothing on the inside.  Richard Cory was published in 1897.  Text.

I chose this poem because I’ve been re-listening to Sounds of Silence recently, and there is an adapted version of Richard Cory into a song by Simon & Garfunkel.  This provides a good example of taking a piece of poetry, adding a new spin to it, and making it your own through interpretation or performance.


Stop that Pickle by Peter Armour (read by Meg)

July 19th, 2010

My second choice to read aloud, is a children’s book I read quite frequently when I was little. The story is simply stated: a runaway pickle conducts havoc up and down the streets of an imaginary town, and other lunch items follow the chase, concluding with a not-so-surprising ending. This book is close to my heart and memories of trips to the library when I was a child, and I wanted to share it. I’ve included a picture (since the book is a picture book) to help readers imagine running lunch food a little bit better.

Stop that Pickle

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