Poetry – River And Sound Review http://riverandsoundreview.org/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 21:03:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://riverandsoundreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/river-and-sound-review-icon-150x150.png Poetry – River And Sound Review http://riverandsoundreview.org/ 32 32 Feel stressed? Read a poem – Nautilus https://riverandsoundreview.org/feel-stressed-read-a-poem-nautilus/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 21:03:42 +0000 https://riverandsoundreview.org/feel-stressed-read-a-poem-nautilus/


Oith their daughter in hospital suffering from kidney failure, Jonathan Bate and his wife Paula Byrne waited. “In that darkest moment, as she struggled to survive, it was very hard to think of anything but the prospect of losing her,” Bate says today. Bate and Byrne, both renowned literary scholars and biographers, found no relief. “We waited in the hospital and there was nothing to read but a faded celebrity magazine,” Bate recalled. Following a kidney transplant, when their daughter was doing well, Bate and Byrne had an idea. “How about creating an anthology of poems to help people through dark times? said Bat. “Perhaps a careful reading of a poem can help restore balance to the nervous system.”

In 2016, Bate, now a founding professor of environmental humanities at Arizona State University, published an anthology with Byrne titled Stressed, Unstressed: Classic Poems to Soothe the Mind. Scholars knew that people in the English-speaking world had long turned to poetry to lift their spirits. Philosopher JS Mill found solace in his depression by reading William Wordsworth. Mill called Wordsworth’s poetry “medicine for my state of mind”. The poems expressed “states of feeling… under the excitement of beauty” which gave Mill “a source of inner joy, of sympathetic and imaginative pleasure, which could be shared by all human beings”.

Those of us who love literature may have felt its healing power. But what does science say? Can reading poetry relieve the physiological symptoms of stress and anxiety? That’s what videographer Steven Allardi and I set out to investigate in the videos below. They feature interviews with Bate and Inna Khazan, a biofeedback researcher and clinician at Harvard Medical School.

Biofeedback uses sensitive medical instruments to test how techniques such as deep breathing or mindfulness affect physiological indicators of stress such as blood pressure. Two of the most powerful indicators are impossible to measure without high-tech instruments: heart rate variability and cardio-respiratory synchronization. In any given minute, your heart rate is not perfectly stable. In fact, it varies from beat to beat, going from (say) 60 beats per minute to 80 beats per minute and then back down, all within seconds. It turns out that high resting-state heart rate variability (HRV) is directly correlated with mental health,1 welfare,2 and even long-term resilience to stressors and trauma.3

Meanwhile, when you’re relaxed and enjoying high HRV, another weird thing happens in your body: your heartbeats synchronize with your breathing. It happens unconsciously and out of your control. But this, too, correlates with mental well-being. And this is where poetry comes in.

A series of studies have shown that reading rhythmic poetry can increase both your resting HRV4 and cardio-respiratory synchronization.5 This turns out to be especially true for poetry in long six-beat lines, such as ancient Greek poetry which Plato described as sending its reciters into a trance or “rhapsodic” state. High HRV and cardio-respiratory synchronization can help induce that “state of flow” in which mental focus becomes effortless and enjoyable. Perhaps those ancient Greek “rhapsodes” had found the trick to making the state flow into poetry.

However, not all of us can read ancient Greek poetry. So instead, you might find a memorable, calmingly-paced poem to become your touchstone. One such poem for me is “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, included in Stressed Unstressed. Frost claims to have written the poem in a state of flux; could it induce a similar response in a reader?

To test these effects, Khazan hooked me up to a biofeedback machine that measures HRV and cardio-respiratory synchronization, among other indicators correlated to emotional regulation and resilience. I sat in silence for two minutes and thought about the painful and anxiety-provoking events in my life. My HRV collapsed and my breath was all over the place. Then I silently read “Stopping by Woods”. My indicators have rallied and even jumped above my base levels. The experience offered new insight into Frost’s remark from nearly a century ago that poetry “begins in joy and ends in wisdom”.

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2. Harvard Health Publishing Staff. Heart rate variability: how it could indicate well-being. Harvard Health Blog (2021).

3. Dennis, PA, et al. Post-traumatic stress, heart rate variability and the mediating role of behavioral health risks. Psychosomatic medicine 76629-637 (2014).

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5. Cysarz, D., et al. Heartbeat and breath oscillations synchronize during poetry recitation. American Journal of Physiology: Cardiac and Circulatory Physiology 287H597-587 (2004).

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Philip Larkin’s Deep and Beautiful Poetry Sent Me Back to Class | Rachel Cooke https://riverandsoundreview.org/philip-larkins-deep-and-beautiful-poetry-sent-me-back-to-class-rachel-cooke/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 14:55:00 +0000 https://riverandsoundreview.org/philip-larkins-deep-and-beautiful-poetry-sent-me-back-to-class-rachel-cooke/

IIt must be possible to believe that a curriculum should not be preserved for eternity as an asp – that some measure of change can only be a good thing – and yet to cry upon hearing the news that the OCR, one of the three major review boards, removed the work of Thomas Hardy, John Keats, Philip Larkin, and Wilfred Owen from its curriculum.

Such mourning seems natural to me, stemming as much from what we love as from where we stand in the culture wars. If young people don’t have their favorite verses yet, we walk around with certain lines etched forever in our hearts, the only truly beautiful remnants we can have of our old school days.

Larkin has always been my man and I hate the thought of others not finding him like me. At 16, I was a school disaster. The teachers’ strikes had made my job easier and very quickly I was almost a full-time absentee, a state of affairs that lasted more than a year. Only when I opened Pentecost weddings did a spark of interest finally ignite deep within the lazy, earthy refusenik I had become. Larkin’s poems – this is hardly new – are extraordinarily beautiful, extremely deep and, above all, incredibly easy to read. He was, I always felt, my unlikely saviour, his existential desperation somehow serving to pull me off my Nescafé and Neighbors stupor; his famous and ineffably charming shower of arrows refreshing parts of adolescent me that no other poet could reach.

lost treasures

“Breathtaking Collection”: Yazidi Girls in Kurdistan in 1940s Iraq. Photography: published under a Creative Commons CCBYNC license

At the Courtauld gallery to see his Edvard Munch exhibition, I wandered into a side room and found a mind-blowing collection of photographs from Iraqi Kurdistan. Taken in the 1940s by Anthony Kersting (1916-2008), they depict many buildings since destroyed by IS, as well as the people – the Yazidis, in particular – for whom they were sacred. What a treasure! And yet, what melancholy. I gazed for a long time at the vanished Nebi Yunis Mosque near the site of ancient Nineveh, dynamited in 2014. Having replaced an Assyrian church, it was reputed to be not only the burial place of Jonah, but also of the whale that swallowed, of which a large tooth remained as evidence. The Courtauld holds 42,000 prints of Kersting, images it is digitizing thanks to an army of volunteers who have so far donated 32,000 hours of free time to its members.

Looking for Scargill

Arthur Scargill walks along a police line during the Orgreave strike in 1984.
Arthur Scargill walks along a police line during the Orgreave strike in 1984. Photograph: Don McPhee/The Guardian

Everyone I know watches the James Graham series sherwood, a drama set in a Nottinghamshire village still scarred by the divisions of the miners’ strike. But while we’re gripped by its plot, we’re also spooked by its timing. Last week it was almost as if Graham had conjured a ghost, with episode four airing the same day Arthur Scargill, the former head of the National Union of Miners, was seen joining a picket line in support for the railway strike.

Thanks to my Sheffield roots – in the early 1980s the NUM built a huge HQ in the city, its central section designed to look like a tile; it was locally known as King Arthur’s Castle – I will never cease to be fascinated by Scargill, nor write to him asking for an interview (he never replies). After he reappeared, I lost an age on the oddly quaint NUM website, where I read, with my mouth wide open, Low Hall in Scalby, near Whitby: a 31-bedroom house that comes with a library and a crown green bowling alley and which is otherwise known as the Yorkshire Area Miners Holiday Home.

Rachel Cooke is an Observer reporter

]]> Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Duel Vader echoed a rebellious moment…but why? https://riverandsoundreview.org/obi-wan-kenobis-duel-vader-echoed-a-rebellious-moment-but-why/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://riverandsoundreview.org/obi-wan-kenobis-duel-vader-echoed-a-rebellious-moment-but-why/

Obi-Wan Kenobi by Ewan McGregor, bathed in blue light from a lightsaber.

Obi-Wan looks at a familiar face.
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star warsat several levels, exists in series of parallels and couplets– a cycle of rising and falling darkness, falling and rebirth of light, an echo of a story told again and again through generations of families and civilizations. “This’s like poetry, they rhyme,” said George Lucas in the phantom menace documentary The beginning, a statement that maybe a meme now but remains one of the truest things ever said about the galaxy far, far away.

But what happens when star wars‘the preponderance of poetry is starting to feel like it’s stealing parts of itself for reference?

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It’s a thought that crossed my mind while watching this week’s sixth and final episode (at least, for now) of Obi Wan Kenobi. After a brief game at tohalf way to riesthe long-awaited duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan has come to life in an unknown, rocky world, and with it, a series of connections scattered across the star wars saga. Obi-Wan and Anakin mirror their opening statements here to the words they exchanged before fighting on Mustafar, their blades collide with parallels of both that fight and their eventual duel in A new hope. Even the star wars sequels get a few nods, as Obi-Wan summons the Force to hurl a barrage of rocks at Vader, levitating them in a moment reminiscent of Rey clearing the way for his friends in The Last Jedi. But the fight’s most interesting rhyme is saved for its dramatic climax. In a moment of clarity and even anger, having just lamented his opponent with a series of lightsaber and pommel swipes, a determined Obi-Wan leapt at Vader, carving a gash that melted the Lord’s mask. of Darkness… revealing the man under the layers of the machine.

star wars fans will of course know that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this happen, for a determined ally of Anakin Skywalker to literally open up the truth about his identity as Darth Vader. Ahsoka Tano does the same– although, chronologically speaking, a few years after this duel – on Malachor in star wars rebels. Obi-Wan’s gash takes the right side, his the left, but the iconography there is striking, and much the same: Darth Vader’s face, smoking and sliced, to reveal the damaged flesh of ‘Anakin Skywalker below. The emotional circumstances are also the same – a shocking realization for the person behind each strike to see that deep down, the person they once called a friend is now trapped inside the body of monstrous evil.

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Don’t get me wrong, the spinoff of the moment is a highlight of Kenobiand far from a hollow repetition – Hayden Christensen manages to say the same with only one eye visible, Ewan McGregor in front ripping all the pain and emotion he can from Obi-Wan’s fateful choice to accept that ‘Anakin was really gone, and only Vader remained (okay calling him Dark was a bit too far from justifying a single line in A new hopebut let’s allow star wars at least this indulgence). And there’s something to be said for the idea that Obi-Wan and Ahsoka could only sever Vader’s mask, and that it would ultimately require Luke himself to lift it once and for all in Return of the Jedi— echoes upon echoes, as star wars love so much. But something still rang hollow for me, seeing Ahsoka’s strike picked up by Obi-Wan this week.

It wasn’t the context of the moment that bothered me – like I said, the emotionality of Obi-Wan’s choice is strong enough to make the scene connect in all the necessary ways, an important step in the finale repositioning Obi-Wan’s arc to having accepted his place in the galaxy after the events of the prequels and finding peace by honoring what he had lost along the way. It is the repetition of the iconography of rebelsno matter how subtle the difference, it annoyed me. star wars likes to borrow from itself, especially in the age of its rebooted canon, where the old extended universe, cut off from the continuity of the present, proved fertile ground for concepts and characters to immerse yourself in current stories in an altered form. But there’s something different about, say, rebels bringing Grand Admiral Thrawn into the current canon – giving him an origin story that borrows elements from, but is not a carbon copy of, his EU story – and Obi Wan Kenobi lifting the blow of a lightsaber slicing through Vader’s mask to reveal Anakin underneath.

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The latter is part of a pattern that has persisted quite recently during this current wave of star wars TV, characters, and ideas from the franchise’s post-prequel period as a largely animated effortr is now pulled into the realm of live action. In the past, there was always a relatively strict demarcation between cinema star wars and television star warsbut the lines are considerably blurred now – television is arguably the vanguard of the galaxy far, far away at this point, and anyone (and we mean somebody) may appear there, originally animation-specific characters or otherwise. Read cynically, one can have the impression that these stories and these characters only being validated in the eye of a wider fandom when rendered in the live action that once demarcated the “clean” star warswhatever – Ahsoka Tano and Bo-Katan are now bigger for their roles in The Mandalorian that rebels Where clone warsthe first about to spearhead a direct continuation of rebels in a live-action format. As popular as these animated series are, with star wars‘ focus right now on those streaming shows, and all the borrowings that come from that legacy of animation, it’s possible to see where people are coming from.

So months and years from now when people think about that one, Anakin’s eye in the middle the sparks emitted from Vader’s punctured mask – will they think about it when Ahsoka is the one who cut rebelsor will they think of Obi Wan Kenobi? And in the endless litany of star wars‘nostalgic echoes, does it really matter? Time will tell us. But as fascinating as it is powerful both incidents involved their respective series, I can only hope that the public and star wars remember that cycles are made by honoring the moments that came before, as much as they are simply by reproducing them.

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Naarm-based brand Poesia Pietra creates jewelry that looks like poetry https://riverandsoundreview.org/naarm-based-brand-poesia-pietra-creates-jewelry-that-looks-like-poetry/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 06:12:59 +0000 https://riverandsoundreview.org/naarm-based-brand-poesia-pietra-creates-jewelry-that-looks-like-poetry/

“To me, jewelry is like poetry, because it involves the combination and synthesis of self-contained elements to create a cohesive and meaningful whole.”

The Sydney label Poesia Pietra was born almost by accident. Its founder Ally Sara was studying law abroad and took a six-week casting course because she wanted to make her “dream signet ring”.

The short-lived course sparked an enduring love for jewelry design, and over the past three years she has juggled her burgeoning jewelry brand with her career in law. Her initial desire to create jewelry that was simply pretty and decorative evolved into designing pieces that felt “powerful, powerful, and meaningful.”

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Her hope is that each piece will be so meaningful to the wearer that they want to keep it forever and eventually pass it on to someone else. This search for meaning is also imbued with the brand’s brand image – representing Ally’s Italian heritage and love of poetry, Poesia Pietra roughly translates to ‘poetry of stone’.

As she puts it, “In jewelry and poetry, the individual elements (whether stones and silver, or words) have little meaning when seen alone, but when they are combined, they provide context for each other and tell a story.” Below, she shares the label’s journey so far.

Tell us about you. What is your creative background?

In fact, I don’t have much creative experience! I studied law in college and stumbled into jewelry while on exchange in California. I was really doing a bunch of silly electives and took a six week casting course because I had always been a jewelry lover and wanted to make my dream signet ring. From the day I started the course, I completely fell in love with it and [I] juggling between creating jewelry and pursuing my career in law for the past three years.

How did the label start? Tell us about the process and the challenges.

The label started super organically. For ages I was just doing things for myself and [my] friends. Instagram’s incredible cobweb power was really what started it, and as friends posted pictures of their jewelry, I received messages from people. [with] further and further away from me.

In May 2020, I created a separate Instagram page for jewelry, under the name “Wrong Angler”, and that’s when it started to take shape as a brand that overtook my immediate circle. As with all creative projects, the challenges are too numerous to list, but I would say my biggest personal challenge has been overcoming the impostor syndrome of “running a brand” without being a goldsmith or a trained creative. professional. That, and learning to spell “jewelry” correctly.

What were you trying to achieve from the project at the time? How has that evolved and what are you trying to communicate through the brand now?

When I started, I was just trying to do pretty things. That’s still a goal, obviously, because jewelry is inherently decorative, however, my momentum has shifted to creating things that feel powerful, powerful, and meaningful. I think jewelry has this unique sentimentality and an unparalleled position as traditional “heirloom”.

I’m creating a new collection right now and my only goal is to make each item super special and super meaningful, to the point that someone wants to keep it for life and pass it on to someone else. It also means I have to do things that are timeless or timeless and not too referential to current trends, which has brought its own challenges.

Where does the name come from?

My family is Italian, and the name roughly translates to “poetry of stone.” To me, jewelry is like poetry, because it involves the combination and synthesis of self-contained elements to create a cohesive and meaningful whole. In jewelry and poetry, individual elements (whether stones and silver, or words) have little meaning when seen alone, but when combined they provide context. each other and tell a story.

What are you most proud of in your work on your label?

I’m proud that my mother wants to carry my things.

What did you wish you had known when you started?

don’t try [to] sell anything you wouldn’t wear yourself.

Who do you think is the most exciting in local fashion/jewelry right now?

There are so, so many talented silversmiths in Eora/Naarm [that] it’s impossible to name just a few, so I want to pick someone whose profile I haven’t seen as much as the usual suspects. I don’t know if she counts as local because she’s in Aotearoa, but I’m personally obsessed with Alice Lang Brown.

If you haven’t seen his stuff, I highly recommend checking it out – it’s so creepy and ethereal. In terms of fashion, I feel the same way (too many talented people to name!) but I think people in Sydney doing exciting things include Felynn and Julia Baldini.

What about the local fashion and jewelry industry that needs to change?

Nothing! I’m so proud of Eora’s resilient and determined fashion and jewelry scene [and Naarm], for staying true to this (sometimes abandoned) city and not succumbing to Naarm’s creative brain drain. Anyone who fights in a city that works so actively against the creative arts deserves a pat on the head, a cup of tea and maybe a cookie.

Dream local collaborators?

The first Sydney indie brand I came across was Diaspora and [I] have since had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Stef in person. I think we discussed it briefly on a dance floor (where most good ideas happen) but it would be a dream collaboration because their brand has really opened my eyes to inspired production on a small scale. Also, Niamh from Ramp Tramp Tramp Stamp is an icon and everything she touches turns to gold, so I’d love to see what we could create together.

Must-read list for a dinner party?

The Cocteau Twins of course, because their lyrics are so out of tune that they never divert the conversation.

Who’s in your wardrobe right now?

Little elves who put mold on everything.

How can we buy one of your parts?

Either through my website or through one of my wonderful resellers, RTTS.land, Error404 Store and So Familia!

To see the range of Poesia Pietra, go here.

Our Inner Poet | psychology today https://riverandsoundreview.org/our-inner-poet-psychology-today/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:26:18 +0000 https://riverandsoundreview.org/our-inner-poet-psychology-today/

Suppose you see a person whipping himself mercilessly. What do you think? Is he a masochist? Become crazy ? Or is he, perhaps, forced to act as he does by a punisher with a twisted sense of justice?

You couldn’t tell just by looking. You should know the significance that man’s actions have for him. Perhaps he is a deeply religious person in a state of exultation. If so, physical pain can be experienced by him as sublime and as a path to the divine.

Woman looking up.

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It is this ability we possess to give both objects and our own actions meaning, meaning that cannot be measured from the outside, that I wish to call our ‘inner poet’. We all carry a storyteller who sees aspects of life invisible to ordinary perception.

The dreamer and the inner poet

Nietzsche suggests, on the other hand, that we use too much of our art in dreams to have any left over for waking life. He says that dreams:

[C]circumscribe our experiences, our expectations or our situations with such poetic audacity and such determination that in the morning we are always amazed at ourselves when we remember our dreams. We use too much art in our dreams and as a result we are often impoverished during the day.1

It’s certainly true that dreams are usually steeped in meaning, unlike waking life. There is almost nothing in dreams that is experienced as ordinary. The world created by the dreamer is like an enchanted forest in which everything is capital.

But waking life is therefore not devoid of poetic audacity. In fact, the inner poet is better than the dream narrator in one important respect: he or she is a clearer communicator. While in a dream each item seems to have a particular meaning, we are never quite sure of its meaning. We feel like we’ve been given a glimpse, but that glimpse remains elusive, and we’re not even sure there is one.

The waking life inner poet, unlike the dream narrator, cannot infuse the whole world around us with special meaning – some objects and events remain stubbornly ordinary – but the meaning is clearer.

Child, Teenager, Adult

While Nietzsche, as we have seen, compares the ability I have in mind to that of our dream narrator and finds the former lacking, William James compares it to the poetic leaps of toddlers. In an essay titled “On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings,” James writes:

It is said that a poet died young in the bosom of the most phlegmatic. Rather, it can be argued that a (somewhat minor) bard in almost all cases survives and is the spice of life for its possessor.2

James is right that a lesser bard survives in everyone’s bosom, but is it true that a better poet dies?

I would say no. It is true that the ability I have in mind is very pronounced in children. Consider children pretending during play, and a broomstick becomes a knight’s sword while a straw wreath becomes a crown. No one usually teaches very young people to do these things. The budding inner poet of children seeks expression and finds it in imaginative pretense. Moreover, this poet is powerful and can turn just about anything into anything.

But the poetic vision of the child usually stops when the game stops. Then ordinary objects lose their special meaning and become everyday objects again. While the child poet is in one sense powerful, in another he is weak, since he can only create fantasies.

Children, of course, have the consolation that one day they will grow up and do things real importance. Adults have no such prospect to look forward to, so imaginative play is insufficient. Unsurprisingly, for the self-flagellator, the ritual is not a game, and its meaning is not lost at dinnertime. He is a religious man, not fantasizing about being one. The inner poet of an adult cannot transform anything into everything, because transformations must be more than fantasies, and it is only in the imagination that limitless change is possible.

It can perhaps be argued that our poetic powers peak in adolescence and early adulthood when we no longer engage in imaginative, imaginative simulations as children do; we then undertake projects that we believe have real meaning but with the dedication and wholeness of a child. This poet, perhaps—that of the adolescent—can we say that he died in the adult. This may explain why it is easier for young people to risk their lives for a cause or to endure periods of extreme deprivation in the service of an ideal.

I think, however, that in fact, the adolescent poet turns into someone less inspired but more committed to finding real meaning rather than imagining it. A mature person is not someone who renounces poetic ideals but someone who wants ideals without illusions.

The impostor and the absurd man

There’s no guarantee that we can always “spice up” our lives, of course. The special significance of events, people and ways of life can be lost to us. If the self-flagellator I started with loses faith, he may come to regard his previous religious fervor as a self-delusion. If he does not reveal this disillusionment to anyone and continues to go through the stages, he may come to feel like an impostor. (The reverse is also possible: a person may start out as an impostor but gradually become what they say they are.)

Losing not this or that ideal but our very ability to give meaning to life is to become what Albert Camus called “the absurd man”. The absurd man still has a need for meaning but sees the universe incapable of satisfying this need. He believes that accepting the conflict between our desire for meaning and the silence of the world is the only honest position.

This attitude can be fought. This brings me to my last point. In the essay I quoted earlier, William James suggests that our lack of access to the inner life of others, to the meaning they perceive, to their delights and sorrows, severely limits our view of them. . It may even seem to us that only we having an inner poet when everyone’s life is ordinary. This is what James calls a “certain blindness” in human beings.

It just seems right. What I would like to add here is that a certain type of existentialist philosopher suggests not that no one has an inner poet, but that no poet is capable of creating anything other than illusions. There is no sense in having, argues this philosopher, and accepting that is the only honest attitude. To assume that we have the power to breathe meaning into a meaningless universe is to believe that we can escape the human condition.

Maybe. But it may also be that an escape is in fact possible. Success is never guaranteed, of course. We may not soar to the heights or achieve the rapture we hoped for, and even if we do, what we once perceived as deeply meaningful may later appear mundane. We can become disillusioned or imposters or both. Yet it would not result from our inner poet’s mental block or even death that everyone’s inner poet is just a liar and a coward who refuses to face reality. It is the emotional anesthesia of the absurd man that renders the world around him meaningless. To assert that life should be meaningless for everyone regardless of condition is to crown the blindness we have to each other’s minds and call it “candor” and “insight”.

Pride celebration, music, poetry and event for dogs – Loveland Reporter-Herald https://riverandsoundreview.org/pride-celebration-music-poetry-and-event-for-dogs-loveland-reporter-herald/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:41:07 +0000 https://riverandsoundreview.org/pride-celebration-music-poetry-and-event-for-dogs-loveland-reporter-herald/

Upcoming events in the Loveland area include a celebration of pride, music, poetry and a dog event.

Pride celebration

Love, Pride: A Celebration in Sweetheart City will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Foote Lagoon, 500 E. Third St., Loveland.

The event is free and open to humans of all ages.

Attendees will congregate at the Ball Joint, 434 N. Garfield Ave., then walk down Fourth Street to the Foote Lagoon Amphitheater, where attendees will hear guest speakers Simon Hyperion and Andrea Samson.
There will also be live performances from Sadie LaPorte and the Jewels of the Court, Allie Moreau, Shoeless Joe O’Bryan, America Jackson and more.

For more details, email Infolove.pride.est2021@gmail.com.

Open Mic Poetry

Open Mic Poetry, 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 24, Artisans Kitchen, 243 E. Fourth St., Loveland.

The Loveland Poet Laureate will host the open-mic event on the last Friday of each month, June through September.

Registration at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the event.

For more details, visit bit.ly/3wOLu3J.

Blues evenings

The first Blues Night of the summer will be from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at Foundry Plaza, 200 block of Cleveland Avenue, Loveland.

Rex Peoples and X Factor will headline the show and Three Shots will open.

On July 29, Blues Night will feature Mr. Smyth with opening Blues Kadellic, and on August 26, Mojo Mama will feature with opening Whiskey Picklers.

The concerts are free.

For more details, visit downtownloveland.org/onesweetsummer.

Dance-Jazz Concert

The Poudre River Irregulars Jazz Band will play for listening and dancing pleasure from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2919 N. Wilson Ave., Loveland.

Frontman Len Kellogg is known for his years teaching music in the Thompson School District. The band’s musicians are trained in all styles of jazz to listen to and dance to with Hot Tomatoes, Your Father’s Moustache, Queen City, Lannie Garrett’s, Mississippi River Boats, Glenn Miller Orchestra and more.

Bring soft drinks if you wish. Water and a snack will be provided.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $35 for two adults, and $5 for students, available at www.NoCOJazz.com or at the door.

For details, call 970-669-6767.

summer dog day

Dog Day of Summer will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Namaqua Park, 730 N. Namaqua Ave., Loveland.

The 2022 event will offer fun ways to learn how to responsibly recreate with your dog, including agility obstacles and canine parkour items to try and equipment, training, nutrition and training tips. grooming and items from local experts and vendors.

Other activities will include a Find-the-Dogs scavenger hunt, a photo op area for dogs and people, and a demonstration by Loveland Police K9 officers.

Bring leashed, well-behaved dogs and visit the shady riverside park stations. Food trucks will offer treats to people and dogs.

The drop-in event is free and no registration is required, but people can sign up to receive reminders and weather updates at bit.ly/2VHZzl1.

Spring Dance Showcase

The MacKinnon Royal Dance Institute will perform its “2022 Spring Showcase” at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland.

Tickets are $16-$20.

For details, call 970-962-2120 or visit rialtotheatercenter.org.

Ride for the Ranch

Ride for the Ranch Poker Run and Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Jax West Outdoor Gear, Farm and Ranch, 2665 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland.

The event will benefit veterans and their families.

The Poker Run route takes runners from Carter Lake to Masonville to Bellvue and Poudre Canyon before ending at the Sundance Saloon for the after party and car show.

The family event will include a live band, silent auction, food, drinks and more.

For more details, visit bit.ly/3O22H0P.

craft vendors

The Namaqua Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is accepting vendors for their craft show Sept. 24 at Grace Community Church in Loveland.

For more details, contact JoAnne at 970-342-1586 or email joannerace@yahoo.com.

summer festival

A Summer Solstice Festival and Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the Brookside Gardens Event Center, 619 E. County Road 8, Burgdorf.

A vendor fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and dinner and entertainment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets cost between $15 and $200, available at tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/393926?tc=hmt.

For more details, visit bit.ly/3NXTpCX.

firefly hike

Fort Collins Natural Areas will be offering Light Up the Night, a firefly viewing outing, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Riverbend Ponds Natural Area, 2856 E. Prospect Road, Fort Collins. Park at Prospect Road car park.

Fort Collins is home to one of the largest populations of fireflies in Colorado. Firefly walks are offered during or near a full moon with plenty of natural light – no flashlights needed.

The hike up to 1 mile is on dirt trails, with mostly easy and slightly uneven terrain. Accessible bathroom available near the parking lot. All-terrain wheelchairs or those with sturdy wheels should be able to navigate the trails.

Dress according to the weather forecast with layers for the sunset, wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring bug spray, headlamp, and water.

For details, email naturalareas@fcgov.com or call 970-416-2815.

Sign up at bit.ly/3xgmwdP.

‘Cyrano de Bergerac’

OpenStage Theater Co. will perform “Cyrano de Bergerac” June 25-July 23 at Columbine Health Systems Park, Center Avenue and Worthington, Fort Collins.

Full of puns and swordplay, as well as the most famous nose in history, Brian Hooker’s translation of Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” is a night of love, mistaken identity and love tragedy under the stars.

A student/teacher night will be offered at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 and Thursday, June 30 will be a Pay What You Can night.

Regular performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and on Sundays, July 10 and 17.

Tickets are $10 to $27, available at 970-221-6730 or lctix.com.

Be Kind FoCo

A family celebration of kindness in Northern Colorado, Be Kind FoCo will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25 in Old Town Square in downtown Fort Collins.

The exhibit will feature local nonprofits, local kindness projects, first responders with their vehicles, child philanthropists, music, games, kindness activities and more.

For more details, visit bekinfoco.org.

Garden visit

The Colorado Native Plant Society Fort Collins/Loveland Garden Tour will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at multiple locations.

It will include gardens by Maddie Maher, Shushila Matteo, Joshua Wenz, John Giordanengo, the City of Fort Collins Nix Native Plant Garden, and High Plains Environmental Center.

The gardens include a model Fort Collins Xeriscape Incentive Program 2021, one with mature native grasses, another lawn converted to native plantings, a wetland and montane elevation pond, and others designed for pollinators, birds and the insects.

The cost is $25 for CoNPS members and $35 for non-members.

Registrants will receive a map with directions and a suggested route.

For more details, visit bit.ly/3tF6ysF.

English Course / Free English Class

Free English classes are held every Thursday at 7 p.m. at 6521 Carmichael Street (corner of Trilby and Timberline), Fort Collins.

Classes are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

The weekly classes are presented by the Loveland Colorado Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For details, call 719-490-9292.

Garden visit

The Father’s Day Garden Tour will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 19 at the Treasure Island Demonstration Garden, 31500 Laku Lake Road, Windsor.

The vegetable garden must be in full glory. Guides will answer gardening questions.

This is a no reservations required and wheelchair accessible event.

For details, visit windsorgov.com/calendar.aspx?EID=4994.

June 16 party

The Marcus Garvey Cultural Center at the University of Northern Colorado, in conjunction with the City of Greeley, will offer Greeley’s first-ever community-wide June 19 celebration on Friday, June 17, from noon to 4 p.m. centrally located at 928 20th St., Greeley.

This year’s theme is Juneteenth: A Family Reunion and was created to serve as a space and time where black people in Northern Colorado can come together to celebrate liberation while honoring a legacy of sacrifices made while working for the freedom.

This year’s event honors the day of June 19 as a day of rest and freedom for attendees and attendees.

Activities offered include a BBQ, black-owned/black-minded vendor fair, games and music provided by entertainer Machadellic.

The event is free and open to the public.

For details, visit unco.edu/marcus-garvey-cultural-center/junteenth.aspx.

scandinavian party

The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 and from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at Bond Park in downtown Estes Park.

The festivities begin at 9:45 a.m. Saturday with the lifting of the Maypole and the opening ceremony.

The event features Scandinavian foods, music, fashion, dance and more.

Free entry.

For more details, visit estesmidsummer.com.

British Columbia writer Tolu Oloruntoba wins $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize for his first book https://riverandsoundreview.org/british-columbia-writer-tolu-oloruntoba-wins-65000-griffin-poetry-prize-for-his-first-book/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 14:48:40 +0000 https://riverandsoundreview.org/british-columbia-writer-tolu-oloruntoba-wins-65000-griffin-poetry-prize-for-his-first-book/

TORONTO – Tolu Oloruntoba, a British Columbia doctor turned writer, has been named Canada’s winner of this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize.

Oloruntoba received the $65,000 honor in an online ceremony Wednesday for his debut collection, “The Junta of Happenstance,” from Anstruther Books.

In the book, Oloruntoba draws on his medical knowledge to dissect disease, immigration and colonialism.

In their citation, the jurors said “exquisite poems leave an imprint that is both violent and terrifyingly beautiful”.

The international prize, also worth $65,000, went to “Sho,” from St. Paul, Minnesota-based word editor Douglas Kearney of Wave Books.

Oloruntoba began his career as a primary care physician in Nigeria before moving to the United States for post-graduate studies and eventually settling in Metro Vancouver to work as a healthcare manager.

Poetry has been a constant throughout Oloruntoba’s peripatetic trajectory. And he has recently become a name to watch on the Canadian literary scene.

“The Junta of Happenstance” won the English-Language Poetry Prize at the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Awards.

Her chapbook, “Manubrium”, was shortlisted for the 2020 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Her poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including Harvard Divinity Bulletin, PRISM International, and Columbia Journal .

The Canadian finalists were David Bradford of Montreal for “Dream of No One But Myself”, published by Brick Books, and 2016 Griffin winner Liz Howard, who is based in Toronto, for “Letters in a Bruised Cosmos” by McClelland & Stewart .

Also in the running for the international prize: Ali Kinsella and Dzvinia Orlowsky’s translation of “Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow” by Ukrainian poet Natalka Bilotserkivets, published by Lost Horse Press; Chicago writer Ed Roberson for “Asked What Has Changed,” from Wesleyan University Press; and “Late to the House of Words”, Sharon Dolin’s translation of the Catalan work by Gemma Gorga from Barcelona, ​​published by Saturnalia Books.

Each finalist received $10,000.

Nominees were selected from 639 books of poetry submitted by 236 publishers from 16 different countries, according to prize organizers. This year’s jury is made up of Canadian writer Adam Dickinson, Belarusian poet Valzhyna Mort and American poet and playwright Claudia Rankine.

The Griffin is billed as the world’s largest prize for a unique first edition poetry collection written or translated into English.

The Griffin Trust was founded in 2000 by Chairman Scott Griffin, along with trustees Margaret Atwood, Robert Hass, Michael Ondaatje, Robin Robertson and David Young.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 15, 2022.

]]> Read this rock aloud: poetic story time https://riverandsoundreview.org/read-this-rock-aloud-poetic-story-time/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 14:19:54 +0000 https://riverandsoundreview.org/read-this-rock-aloud-poetic-story-time/ By Patricia J. Murphy |

Robert Frost once said, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” It’s no surprise, then, that educators who want their students to think, feel, and express themselves are finding ways to use poetry in storytimes, lessons, or whenever they can. TP spoke with four of these teachers and librarians about how they are becoming poetic in classrooms and libraries to deliver poetry-filled storytimes and more. Click here to view previous stories from our Read Alouds That Rock series.

Karen Cardillo is a second-year teacher at Charter Academy in Angier, NC, as well as a writer and poet. After two decades as an instructional publishing manager, Cardillo recently returned to the classroom after some time tutoring learners who were negatively impacted by the effects of Covid and remote learning, and has found again in second year.

Cardillo students “benefit from a deep love and knowledge of literature, especially poetry. She said she relied on poetry to supplement her ELA program and teach additional lessons in phonics and spelling. “I use poetry daily, starting with our morning message to incorporate phonics, vocabulary skills, and problem-solving strategies,” Cardillo said. “That’s how I prepared the ground.”

Cardillo recently found the poem “Hello Spring” and used it to create a message for his students to recite, rewrite, and study closely. They examine the rhyming patterns, figurative language, and phonetic awareness of the poem. “I deliberately omit words and some letters to teach our language skills for the day,” Cardillo said, “or lessons that include word patterns, like the long e or suffixes like ‘-ful.’ ”

Because her sophomore curriculum is so comprehensive, Cardillo incorporates poetry whenever she can into the curriculum areas and may read additional pieces as what she calls “awards or treats.” I love introducing my kids to classic and new poetry,” Cardillo said. “I’m drawn to poems with rhyme and rhythm because they help us make connections to letters and sounds, and spelling patterns – and how beautifully poetry can sound! There is a real purpose in sharing it.

His favorite poems include The Illustrated Treasure of Children’s Poetry edited by David Ross, all written by Shel Silverstein and Maurice Sendak Chicken soup with rice: a book of months. Cadillo often uses these poems at his writers’ workshops as mentor texts to draw attention to the figurative language of poetry – similes, metaphors and alliteration – and to encourage his sophomore poets to incorporate these elements into their own poetry. “My students especially like alliteration — tongue twisters,” Cardillo said. “The sillier the better!”

Tracy Lynn Scaglione is in her 20th year as a Library Media Specialist at Dorsett Shoals Elementary School in Douglasville, Ga. Poetry is everywhere in her school library, thanks to her. “It’s integrated into our library’s storytimes, activities and exhibits throughout the year — and our school,” Scaglione said. “The poetry section of our library isn’t just dusted off for National Poetry Month. We use poetry books all year round.

During story hours, Scaglione often reads a variety of lyrical picture books, including Dreamers by Yuyi Morales, Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford, Wonder Walkers by Micha Archer, and The day you start by Jacqueline Woodson. “If you look closely,” she says, “many of these books are poems told over 32 pages. I introduce these types of books to my students and we talk about the rhyme, rhythm and figurative language of poetry. And we listen to the influence of the language, the descriptive words. Then we discuss ways to incorporate these elements into our own writing.

They also talk about white space. “Our students are discovering that it’s not necessary to clutter the pages with words and deepen their writing down to the minimum number of words on the page to get their point across,” Scaglione said. “Poetry can do that brilliantly.”

She offers as many models of poetry as possible, for a multitude of reasons. “There is so much variety in poetry that is relatable and offers windows, mirrors, sliding glass doors – and something for everyone.”

More recently, this has included introducing verse novels to fourth graders who just want to read graphic novels. “I started a book club to encourage these children to try verse novels. I quickly talked about a number of these novels one day, and all of them were verified,” Scaglione said. “When the students finished reading them, they came back asking, ‘Do you still have any?’ Scaglione’s response was a resounding “absolutely!” which then led to discussions about these novels-in-verse and about “building a community” around the books.

“I want every student to feel like they can be a reader,” Scaglione said. “My role is to bridge the gap between the classroom and the students’ experience, to focus on their interests and to help them develop their love of reading. It takes time to build relationships between students and teachers to do this. But it’s so worth it.

Yapha Mason is the new Principal Librarian at Albany Academies in Albany, NY, and prior to that was an elementary school librarian for 26 years at Brentwood School in Los Angeles. Mason was also a member of the Newbery 2015 committee which chose the novel in verse crossing by Kwame Alexander as this year’s winner.

Since doing a cross-country crossover herself last month, she’s been looking forward to getting to know her new teachers and students, and getting into poetry. “I hope to weave poetry into library lessons in different ways,” Mason said. “While I don’t yet know what English teachers might be interested in doing, I’m excited to work with them.”

Mason has a parade of poetry ideas and activities that she’s used with her former students and can’t wait to adapt to her new ones. For starters, Mason likes to use poetry to supplement students’ non-fiction studies. In the past, she read poems by Douglas Florian swimming with children who study the ocean, and Lee Bennett Hopkins My America: A Poetic Atlas of the United States with students researching all 50 states. “Binding poetry is a great way to approach topics from many angles,” Mason said. “It seems to make the topics more accessible to students in a way that other formats don’t.”

To expose her students to different types of poetry, Mason organizes Poetry Read Arounds where she collects many different poetry anthologies and books, and asks her students to sit in a circle and read a few poems from one book, then to pass it to the next. person, and so on. She believes this circular activity whets their appetite for reading and writing poetry.

“Poetry can impact students differently than prose and make them think about the power of every word,” Mason said. She also believes that poetry gives students permission to color outside the lines. “I think it’s good for students to see for themselves how all the rules they’ve learned – how to write, how to form a sentence – and how the rules can be broken to make their writing even more impactful! “

Liza Barrette fell in love with poetry as a child. She even won $5 in a sophomore poetry contest for her poem titled “Carsick,” reminiscent of a family road trip. Since then, her passion for poetry has only grown as a former middle school teacher (for over 35 years) and current third grade school library teacher (after two years of distance learning due to Covid ) for middle and high school students. grades 7-12 at Mount Greylock Massachusetts Regional School in Williamstown, Mass.

The first thing Barrett did when they got back to school was really poetic “As no one in the last two years had checked poetry,” she said, “I went to the poetry section and I pulled out all the verse novels, poetry anthologies, and studies of poets, and put it all in front of the library with a nice sign. And it’s been circulating ever since.”

From book displays, Barrett moved on to a holiday celebration, Carry a Poem in Your Pocket Day. “I made this bag where I put copies of 25 to 30 different poems printed on colored paper and stood at the front door of the school while the children entered the school . I gave a poem to everyone who wanted to take one! said Barret. “All day long you could see the children looking at their poems, hearing them wondering what poems they had received and learning all kinds of poems – some famous, some obscure and some they may have known since elementary school.”

Poetry speaks to you in a way that other literature does not. Meaning can come to you so quickly.

For National Poetry Month last April, Barrett invited each of her teachers to share a photo of themselves with a favorite poem. Every day she stuck a poem and the teacher’s picture to the library book Read a Poem Every Day! bulletin board for a daily dose of poetry. She also invited students to share their favorites.

Then Barrett let the powers of poetry work. “Poetry speaks to you in a way that other literature does not. Meaning can come to you so fast,” Barrett said. “Children are more stressed and overwhelmed than ever. And, after all they have to read and understand for school, they can read a short, accessible poem; and it can mean whatever they want it to mean.

Then there is poetry’s ability to break down walls and build relationships. “You can walk up to the blackboard and read the poem of the day put together by a teacher or someone you know or don’t know, and it connects you to that person,” Barrett said. “Plus, seeing a poem someone likes makes you read it differently. You wonder why this is their favorite poem, and it also connects you to them.

Barrett believes poetry also helps students connect with their inner selves. “Poetry can answer questions like, ‘Who am I? What is my place in the world?’ to discover who we are now and who we want to become in the future,” Barrett said. “Poetry can make us think, wonder and feel – and help us become more of who we are!”

My Hero Academia Theory Sets Up Everything For Its Poetic Downfall https://riverandsoundreview.org/my-hero-academia-theory-sets-up-everything-for-its-poetic-downfall/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 19:48:00 +0000 https://riverandsoundreview.org/my-hero-academia-theory-sets-up-everything-for-its-poetic-downfall/

my hero academia is in the throes of its final war arc, and for the first time since the series began, we may have our first clue as to how villainous overlord All For One will meet its final downfall. Many fans always thought it was Izuku Midoriya and/or All Might’s fate to bring down All for One, but thanks to the latest My Hero Academia manga chapter, it seems more likely that whoever defeats All For One will be… himself.

WARNING: My Hero Academia Manga SPOILERS Follow!

In My Hero Academia Chapter 355, the team of professional heroes focus on their main objective in the final war: to stop All For One, once and for all. All Might’s ambitious Divide and Rule plan put All For One on a battlefield against top professional heroes Hawks and Endeavor – but the heroes’ best soldiers still weren’t enough.

Hawks and Endeavor needed a last minute save from Class 1-A’s Fumikage Tokoyami and Kyoka Jiro. During this rescue, Jiro revealed a power greater than anyone expected: the young hero’s sonic powers were turned against All For One, and instead of doing physical damage, Jiro’s powers awakened the souls of the oddities that All For One had stolen and stored. inside himself. Suddenly, the AFO armada of stolen oddities looks like the key to the big bad guy’s downfall!

It would certainly be poetic: the character of All For One was defined by the horror he caused by tracking down and stealing the power of weird users for decades, turning their gifts into evil weapons for evil. Thanks to Deku’s history with the One For All power, we’ve learned that Whims are more than just powers – they indeed have traces of the user’s “soul” within them. So the horror that All For One caused never ended for the victims – but now they can find their own justice, rather than having a hero “save” or “aveven” them.

That’s pretty much all the story of My Hero Academia has built from the start: a thematic point that only together, through collective, unified action, can we “save” society. , the world or ourselves. All For One has always been selfish above all else – even his parental bond with Tomura Shigaraki was a joke, as All For One just ultimately wanted to own the young boy’s body for himself. During this time, Izuku had to learn and understand that stopping the villains is not his only destiny, but the collective efforts of former OFA users and all the school friends and/or professional heroes that ‘Izuku’s facts are the real key to stopping All For Une.

At this point, there’s hardly anyone left who doesn’t want to take down All For One (except for his most loyal and craziest lieutenants). But it’ll be nice if all the years the villain spent making himself indestructible on the outside are undone by all the rot inside him.

My Hero Academia releases new chapters for FREE online.

Grammys Add Awards for Songwriters, Video Games and Poetry https://riverandsoundreview.org/grammys-add-awards-for-songwriters-video-games-and-poetry/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 13:46:54 +0000 https://riverandsoundreview.org/grammys-add-awards-for-songwriters-video-games-and-poetry/

The 2023 Grammy Awards will feature five new competitive categories, including those recognizing contributions by songwriters, music in video game soundtracks and spoken word poetry albums.

The Recording Academy on Wednesday unveiled its annual changes to next year’s Grammy Awards, which now enters its 65th year. The five new categories are: Songwriter of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Alternative Musical Performance, Best American Musical Performance, Best Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media, and Best Spoken Poetry Album.

The Grammys also added a category for Best Song for Spoken Change, which is not a competitive member-voted award, but a special merit award that will be awarded by a Blue Ribbon Committee and ratified by the Board of Directors. administration of the Recording Academy. Submissions must contain lyrical content that addresses a timely social issue and promotes understanding, peacebuilding, and empathy.

“We are thrilled to honor these diverse communities of music creators through the newly created awards and edits, and to continue to cultivate an environment that inspires change, progress and collaboration,” said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, in a statement. “The Academy’s top priority is to effectively represent the musicians we serve, and each year that means listening to our members and ensuring our rules and guidelines reflect our ever-changing industry.”

Among some of the other procedural adjustments to the eligibility requirements for the Grammys, the Academy added new entry fees for submissions beyond the five courtesy entries granted to Recording Academy members. And for an album to be eligible for the Grammy Awards, albums must now contain 75% unreleased recordings, up from only 50% previously. This rule was approved last year but will come into effect for 2023.

Finally, there were additional category changes that renamed the Best New Age Album category, made changes to categories in Classical areas to recognize other craft committees and composers, and made a new definition of what qualifies for the Best Remixed Recording category.

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The full list of rule amendments for the 65th Grammy Awards was voted on and adopted at the last semi-annual meeting of the Recording Academy Board of Trustees held in May.

Jon Batiste won album of the year at the 2022 Grammys for his album ‘We Are’, beating Taylor Swift and Kanye West and winning five Grammys overnight, becoming the first black artist to win album of the year since 2008.