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Great Quotes of Travel Writing and Wolf Living

Marc Latham’s liked quotes in Goodreads have reached double figures, and we don’t like to waste work at the Greenygrey, so it’s time for moi, G.G. Howling, literary correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by J.K. Rowling, to bring you right up to date.

 Socrates Quotes

Marc started his Goodreads quotes career by liking three Socrates quotes. Socrates was a philosopher in Greece 2500 years ago, when Greek mythology was still Greek religion.

English: J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter ...
English: J.K. Rowling reads from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the Easter Egg Roll at White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He was executed for challenging orthodox thinking. Here’s the three quotes attributed to him:

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think” 

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”

Jack Wolfpac’s recent quote about the Greenygrey on this very blog about Marc’s Very Inspiring Blogger Award seems to reflect them: ‘If we want to inspire anything it’s independent thought, so you inspire yourself!!’

Travel Writing Quotes 

Talking of Jack Wolfpac, his human inspiration Jack Kerouac has a quote from his Big Sur book, which could be seen as quite greenygreyish, a long time before the Greenygrey entered the human world!:

“…Cody is furiously explaining to his little son Tim ‘Never let the right know what your left hand is doing’…”

Marc’s recent mirror poem about flexible thinking seems to reflect that.

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Marc also likes the writing of another American travel writer, Paul Theroux, and there’s a quote of his from The Great Railway Bazaar there. That seems to mirror the photo used by Marc with the above flexible thinking poem, and here it is again accompanying this. Here’s the quote:

“Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it. Those whistles sing bewitchment: railways are irresistible bazaars… Anything is possible on a train…”

Marc had previously liked Theroux’s The Old Patagonian Express, after reading it in South America when travelling there in 1994. In an exclusive update especially for the Greenygrey, Marc has just included a couple of his favourite quotes from that book:

“A slow feeling of gathering sadness as each familiar place flashes by the window and disappears and becomes part of the past.  Time is made visible, and it moves as the landscape moves.” usa 2011 079

“And yet on that bench at Jacobacci, I was glad I had left everyone else behind.  Although this was a town with a main street and a railway station, and people with dogs and electric lights it was near enough to the end of the earth to give me the impression that I was a solitary explorer in a strange land.  That illusion (which was an illusion in the South Pole and at the headwaters of the Nile) was enough of a satisfaction to me to make me want to go forward.”

Poetry Quote 

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s a line of poetry from Lewis Turco‘s The Death of the Astronaut, from his The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics.

Marc’s Folding Mirror poetry form is of course featured in that book, but Marc does genuinely like a lot of  the poetry in the book, and especially the extract below.

The first sentence reminded him of the Tears in Rain  final monologue of the Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, delivered by the replicant Roy Batty, portrayed by Rutger Hauer, which was also included in Grey’s Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps.

“I saw sunrises fade and burn among fleets of sparks. The moon blossomed like a lily carved of bone…’

Lily Setup
Lily Setup (Photo credit: nickwheeleroz)

The second line has a nice twisting metaphor, which he thought was a good lesson in how to create distinguished poetry: evoking an image of something from something else, but additionally also making the metaphor out of two seemingly unrelated items/words: lily and bone.

Socrates of Modern Crosswords

Returning to Socratian critical thinking, Marc also liked Alan Connor’s honesty about whether crosswords help the thinking brain in his book about crosswords, Two Girls, One on Each Knee: The Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword

Inside the Lily
Inside the Lily (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It’s from the newspapers that people I know – relatives and co-workers – have got the idea that crosswords are a prophylactic against Alzheimer’s. Newspapers are of course also the place where crosswords (and now sudokus) are most readily available, so the association is presumably good for circulation.”

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult 

Jodi Picoult Signing
Jodi Picoult Signing (Photo credit: dcnerd)

That brings us to Jodi Picoult’s Lone Wolf, which set the quote quota off the richter scale, increasing them by 50%: from five to ten.

That’s because it has lots of quotes relevant to the Greenygrey, inspired by Shaun Ellis living with Native Americans and wolves in real life (a character called Luke in the book was based on him); so they contrast the ancient world with the modern, the animal world with the human, and returning to ‘normal’ society after having travelled outside.

Lone Wolf Quotes

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More like Diogenes than Socrates, but independent of either, Ellis is thankfully still with us, and still working with wolves, trying to educate humanity about the wolf’s worth, like our very own poetry correspondent William Wolfsworth! Here’s the five:

“The Abenaki also believe that there are some people who live between the animal world and the human world, never fully belonging to either one.”

“Limbo. It’s not Heaven, and it’s not Hell. It’s the in-between.’ (Edward speaking about reading the Divine Comedy.)

Luke: ‘This was, I realised, my new address.” 

“The hardest part about being back in the human world was relearning emotion. Everything a wolf does has a practical, simple reason. There is no cold shoulder, no saying one thing when you mean something else, no innuendo. Wolves fight for two reasons: family and territory. Humans are driven by ego; wolves have no room for it and will literally nip it out of you. For a wolf, the world is about understanding, knowledge, respect – attributes that many humans have cast off, along with an appreciation of the natural world.”

“The Native Americans know that wolves are mirrors for humans. What they show us are our strengths and weaknesses… When I lived with the wolves, I was proud of the reflection of myself. But when I came back, I always paled in comparison.” 

“ The first Abenaki word I ever learned was Bitawbagok – the word they use for Lake Champlain. It means, literally, the waters between. Since I’ve come back from Quebec, I have thought of my address as Bitawkdakinna. I don’t know enough Abenaki to be sure it’s a real word, but translated, it is the world between.
I had become a bridge between the natural world and the human one. I fit into both places and belonged to neither. Half of my heart lived with the wild wolves, the other half lived with my family.” 

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Poetry Form Latest: Folding Mirror Evolution

Exciting news for the Folding Mirror form. It is the form of the week on Lewis Turco’s Odd and Invented Forms website, following its inclusion in the new version of the definitive Book of FormsThanks again to Lewis for using and publicising the form.
Also, thanks again to Caroline Gill, who alerted me to the above, and has been instrumental in clarifying and maintaining the form, and who features a new post about it on her Brekekekex Koax Koax blog.
English: Mirror, Mirror, on the Ground The pud...
English: Mirror, Mirror, on the Ground The puddle, on this stretch of Wolvens Lane, forms an effective mirror. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Caroline Gill writes about Poetry Forms

As previously mentioned on this site, the Folding Mirror poetry form was included in the new Book of Forms, edited by Lewis Turco. One of the examples of an FM poem included in the book was by Caroline Gill, who has also provided a lot of expert advice and support for the establishment of the form and this site. Caroline recently blogged about the book on her Caroline at Coastcard site, and an extract is copied below with her permission.

Caroline Gill
Publication Pointer (2): The Book of Forms (4th edition) by Lewis Putnam Turco

Professor Lewis Turco’s work, The Book of Forms, is now available in its 4th Edition, published by the University Press of New England. This new ‘revised and expanded edition’ has as its subtitle, A Handbook of Poetics Including Odd and Invented Forms. 

A copy of the third edition (published in 2000) has long been my constant poetry companion. I have learned so much about what Professor Turco calls ‘the elements of poetry’, comprising ‘levels of language usage’. I have been fascinated by the plethora of covered forms, from one lineadonics to 210 lined sonnets redoubled.

The latest edition contains all these features plus added extras in the guise of ‘odd and invented forms’. If I home in on British contributions for a moment, you will find a description of Dr Marc Latham’s Folding Mirror Poetry, with an example by Claire Knight and a second one by yours truly.

Lewis Putnam Turco is an emeritus professor of English. He was the founding director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and of the Department of Creative Writing at the State University of New York College at Oswega. The new edition, with sample poems by established names like Robert Frost and newer names like Greg Pincus, can be purchased from UPNE: the details can be found here. You can read the reviews on Amazon here.

In drawing these thoughts to a close, I would also wish to express my thanks to those who create these new forms for us to enjoy. For after all …

“It can be argued that to invent a verse-form which becomes immortal,
living on in the works of future poets and in other languages,
is one of the greatest achievements possible for a poet …”  
Martin Lyon, ‘Acumen‘, issue 71 (Sept 2011), p.71 

Wolf Whistzer’s Poetry News and Ulladulla Views

English: Warden Head Lighthouse at Ulladulla, ...
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Hi, it’s Wolf Whistzer, news anchor at Greenygrey News (GGN). Firstly, the Folding Mirror poetry site has a collage from Lewis Turco’s site featuring Caroline Gill and Claire Knight, who have provided example poems of the Folding Mirror form for Lewis Turco’s new and authoritative book of Odd and Invented forms.

Secondly, we’ve received another blog from Oz, and transcribed it into the Greenygrey world without further ado.  Here it is:

Werewolf of Oz Fun and Games in the Rowdy Rook

We all agreed that it would be nice to stay the night in Ulladulla, as it was not dull at all. There were birds of all persuasions there, creating a very chirpy atmosphere. Elle was playing darts with a kingfisher called Kingsley; Cathy was dancing flamenco with a flamingo, and Angry was playing chess with a rook.

Stepping on Toe, Flamingo

A few hours later the flamingo was visibly starting to tire, and stepping on Cathy’s feet, but she kept dancing until the end of the song, which showed great spirit. Then she made her excuses and returned to our table.

She asked if it was time to leave, as we’d left Barry and the family down at the ocean. I looked at the time, and was shocked it was so late. Time flies when you’re having fun…with the birds.

Rounding up the Team

I agreed it was time to go, and we went over to tell Elle first. I asked if she was ready to leave, but she replied, ‘Hold on cobber, I just need a bullfinch’seye to win this deciding game.’ And with that she threw it straight in the middle, which was a good use of her body. Kingsley was a little crestfallen, but gallant at the same time.

I moseyed over to see how Angry was getting on. He’d just cornered the rook’s king with his rook and king, which I thought showed great use of his mind. The rook was very sporting, although it had a disappointed look.

Leaving the Rowdy Rook

We called over to Molly Mook that it was time we left the Rowdy Rook, but we were doing so with a heavy heart, and thanked her for the hospitality. The others gave us the bird as we left; in a nice way.

We returned to the beach, singing and swaying as we went, and found Barry and the family still having fun in the serene sea. Barry said they’d had a nice relaxing day, and that they were now looking forward to a long swim. The sun was setting as we left Ulladulla.

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Folding Mirror Poets Featured on New Poem Forms Image

FMPoetry is proud to see two poets who have created Folding Mirror poems alongside many famous poets in an image on Lewis Turco’s Odd and Invented Forms blog. Caroline Gill and Claire Knight had Folding Mirror poems accepted for the new book of Odd and Invented Forms as examples of the Folding Mirror form.
Both poems were first featured on this site. Caroline Gill’s accepted poem was Thalatta, Thalatta; Claire Knight’s was Hourglass of Time. Thanks again to Lewis, Caroline and Claire for their creativity and time.
Here’s the image that appears on the Odd and Invented forms blog. Viewing it as a clock face, Caroline Gill is at about 5 o’ clock and Claire Knight is at about 9 o’ clock:

Poems on this Site (195) and New Poetry Books

Poetry is an...Hi, I just updated the poems on this site list, and it now stands at 195.
New Book by KJP Garcia
Several of the new entries were by KJP Garcia, who has now released a book of poetry.  More details at the kjpgarcia site.
New Book by Lewis Turco
Lewis Turco has also had a new book of poetry forms published, and includes the Folding Mirror form in it.  More details at the Lewis Turco poetry site.
Happy Holidays
Thanks to everybody who has supported this site through contributing or reading in 2011 and I hope you have a great holiday season.
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