Friday, February 06, 2009
I've gotten to the point where I check my Twitter stream before I check my email every morning. It's fun to find out what my friends have been up to over night. I find the best links to curriculum resources, websites and applications.
Today I saw a tweet from Jon Bard linking to Black History Month resources at the blog of Sullivan University Library in Lexington, KY. They had a link to the Yale Library Tribute to Langston Hughes that is a really fascinating time line of the life of Langston Hughes, with poetry, photographs and audio excerpts. I listened this morning to his talk in the children's garden in Harlem in 1955, found by scrolling over the photos in the "poet" stream. He explains rhythm and song from crickets to Mother Goose to heart beats and drum beats. You may also chose to explore the "observer" and "artist" strains by clicking the links in the lower right of the time line. This site is a gold mine for anyone studying Hughes, Harlem, and Black History. The exhibit was displayed in the Yale Library in 2002, and the web site continues to give access to this phenomenal centennial celebration of his birth (Feb. 2, 1902).
The opening screen gives us an audio of Hughes reading one of his most well known poems:
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world an older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
read the rest here at Poets.org and listen to the poet read it and give background on how he wrote it.
Read more about Langston Hughes at wikipedia and The Poetry Archive.
The Friday Poetry roundup is at Wild Rose Reader today. Everyone can join in! If you are posting poetry go add your link and please enjoy browsing what poems other bloggers are celebrating this weekend!
Elaine linked to this cool site where you can make your own candy heart: