- Visit to special collections
- Music of 1600s, 1700s
- Lecture/concert Wednesday @ 1
- Turlough O’Carolan
- Assimilation of other folk collections under Irish folk umbrella
- Archive March 7
- Story of how the Bunting Archive came to Queen’s
- Earliest Irish publication of Irish music
*The McKoy Sisters (1851-1912), were conjoined twins. They met autistic pianist Blind Tom (1849-1908) in 1877.
Source: Brooklyn Magazine
|I’m sent from above-
like rain on blue prayers.
blessed with Gabriel’s lost notes, I
can see up to God’s throne, yes,
while he plays this soul
of flesh free- makes me
the music of piano, the
burn in the
stormcloud’s roar from
when sound called up,
first made me whole.
sounds like love.
weighted in my chest
-it finds freedom after
hurt. I hear Earth’s tremble harsher
-better than the soil itself. When
land and tree sing to me, I hear
blooming inside- a spirit
shadows across my face,
unloosed. I play the wind
in my blood.
** Left side is original quote from Mark Twain’s Special Letters to the San Francisco Alta California August 1, 1869
|*Blind Tom was a highly popular autistic and blind pianist who performed throughout the US from 1860’s until his death in 1908|
This is a stunning form – I’d love to experiment with something similar!
Did a slave song at a master’s biddingmark Tom while asleep in Charity’s womb?
Blind Tom (Thomas Wiggins) was an African American pianist and musical prodigy in the 19th century. He published a great number of original compositions as well as having a long, successful career as a performer across the United States, becoming one of the best-known American pianists. While autism was not a known condition during his lifetime, he is now described as an autistic savant.
More information is available at blind tom.org.
- Research Seminar March 8th
- Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Readings on YouTube
- 80% reduction principle
- Brooks set in 1945 – why?
– Important to read these texts in the context of 1945
- Part of modernism is people who are making a dam and then documenting the making of the dam
- Damian Smyth – Market Street
- Rukeyser, William Carlos Williams (Patterson)
- Agony over people living in poverty
– Who is being grieved in this moment?
- Dorothea Lange asked to talk to white people
– How is race factoring into this?
– Complicated moments of racial context
- Informed consent
- Agee article – commissioned to write this
- These issues don’t arise with Street in Bronzeville
- Voices of people affected by the war
- Brooks – Kitchenette Building
– Charts degrees of race
– Crisis of the war in terms of race relations in America
– Harlem renaissance
— Race + class + gaze
— Writing a poem at a certain place at a time and what is there & then
- Ballad of Pearl May Lee
- This week’s assignment – poem for a building (e.g. Kitchenette Building) or person (more examples in Brooks collection)
- Gwendolyn Brooks did groundbreaking work within her own community
- Ballads, sonnets, open form poems – feels like walking down a street
– Content against the form
- What happened to the people who were photographed?
- Communism, art for the common man…