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December 19, 2020 - 1:45pm
posted by Press Release in poetry, news, Reflective Christmas 2020, coronavirus.
"Reflective Christmas of 2020"
 
By Beth Allen, DVM,  12-8-2020
 
This Christmas I looked in "the mirror" and what did I see?
The eye of a country saying, "How can this all be?"
A flicker of light splashed across "the iris,"
Another deadly day against the war with the virus.
The colors I see within all matter without question,
So why do some deny that all souls deserve a place that, to them, is called heaven?
There should be endless gratitude to those that really care,
Look harder to see that it's really not all that rare.
Janitors, truck drivers, grocery workers and teachers,
Hard-working people with incredible features.
To some our indebtedness can never be repaid,
There's our healthcare workers, especially the doctors and nurses...
While still others, in some political roles, think only of lining their purses.
What would it take to reach those who think it's all fake?
Hoarding toilet paper and other items, not sharing for Pete's sake!
It's more than just surviving that the reflection displays,
It's the Soul of our Nation that this mirror portrays.
Mighty Army of Angels, take grip of our hearts!
With all the life energies of those who depart,
Together with an explosion of loving kindness, to infuse a collective vision and take fast....
The much needed empathy, the fuel...onto the virus we'll cast!
If all will commit to mere basic actions, this reflection can be real,
Believing in a different future and choosing to simply feel.
 
P.S. I'm praying that our nation isn't growing numb to the staggering daily coronavirus number of deaths. We need to hang on, feel the impact, and do our patriotic duty to truly care about one another.
April 30, 2020 - 10:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, arts, entertainment.
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Howard Owens reads "Third Avenue in Sunlight" by Anthony Hecht.

Hecht was a Literature professor at the University of Rochester. Below is a short video of Hect talking about poetry.

This concludes our poetry month readings. I hope you enjoyed them.

April 27, 2020 - 11:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, arts, entertainment, batavia.

Mike Hodgins reads "House by the Side of the Road" by Sam Walter Floss. Mike said this poem was one of the favorites of his father, John Hodgins, the late local artist and county legislator.

April 26, 2020 - 2:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, arts, entertiament, Batavia Players.
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Avey Williams reads Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess. Avey is associated with Batavia Players.

April 24, 2020 - 6:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, video, elba, arts, entertainment.
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Elba resident Lucine Kauffman reads "Leisure" by W.H. Davies.

April 23, 2020 - 3:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, video, Batavia Players.
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Jane Burk reads "Reflections on Man" from "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. Burk is a member of Batavia Players.

April 21, 2020 - 7:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, arts, Literature, video.
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Richard Beatty recites "Highlands" by Bob Dylan.

April 20, 2020 - 7:23pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, Batavia HS, batavia, video.
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Macayla Burke reciting "Oh me! Oh life!" by Walt Whitman. Burke is a student at Batavia High School.

April 16, 2020 - 10:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, video, Batavia Players.
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Wendy Williams reads "Fern Hill" by Dylan Thomas. Williams is a member of Batavia Players.

Below, a video analysis of the poem.

April 15, 2020 - 11:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, arts, entertainment, video.
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Jane Burk, a member of Batavia Players, reads "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.

April 14, 2020 - 4:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, baseball, video.
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Paul Spiotta, the voice of the Muckdogs and a member of Batavia Players, reads "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, in memory of his friend, local sports icon, the late Wayne Fuller.

April 13, 2020 - 10:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, Batavia Players, video, arts, entertainment.
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Jessica Hill, an artist in residence with Batavia Players, reads William Shakespeare's Sonnet 116.

April 12, 2020 - 10:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, bill kauffman, news, video.
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For our continuing National Poetry Month series, Bill Kauffman reads "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front," by Wendell Berry.

April 11, 2020 - 4:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, Batavia Players.
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Two poems by Harold Pinter read by Rodrigo Beilfuss, artistic director of Shakespeare in the Ruins in Manitoba, Canada, and an artist in residence at the Harvester 56 Theater.

April 8, 2020 - 12:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, Batavia Players, news, video.
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Dorothy Gerhart reads Robert Frost -- "The Exposed Nest." Gerhart is a member of Batavia Players.

April 7, 2020 - 2:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, Batavia Players, news, video.
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Jane Burk reads Dylan Thomas "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night." Burk is a member of Batavia Players.

If you would like to read a poem, please send a video of you reading a favorite poem to:   [email protected]

April 5, 2020 - 11:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, news, video, Batavia Players.
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Our second poem posted today because I didn't get to it on Friday and Saturday. Tonight, Wendy Williams reads Sonnet 43, "How Do I Love Thee," by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Williams is a member of Batavia Players.

You, too, can read a poem for us on The Batavian. Submit your video to [email protected]

April is National Poetry Month.

April 5, 2020 - 12:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, Batavia Players, news.
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Pat Burk reads Cat Morgan introduces himself by T.S. Eliot.

Burk is the executive director of Batavia Players and helped recruit members of Harvester 56 Theater to provide us these poetry readings.

April is National Poetry Month. 

T.S. Eliot is one of my favorite poets. In his classic, "The Waste Land," Eliot began with the observation, "April is the cruelest month."

April 2, 2020 - 7:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in National Poetry Month, poetry, news, video, live stream.
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Tonight The Batavian is hosting a live poetry reading featuring three Western New York poets, Scott W. Williams, Maria Sebastian, and Christopher M. Waide.

April 2, 2020 - 11:09am
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, National Poetry Month, Batavia Players, video, news.
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April is National Poetry Month and so, as we shelter in place, The Batavian will strive to bring a little light into your life with poetry.

This morning, we present Emilio Viera reading Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare. Viera is a member of Harvester 56 Theater/Batavia Players.

We welcome your contribution to our daily video posting. Submit a video of yourself reading a favorite poem to [email protected]

Tonight at 8 o'clock, The Batavian is hosting a live poetry reading featuring three Western New York poets, Scott W. Williams, Maria Sebastian, and Christopher M. Waide. Here's a link to the YouTube live stream so you can set a reminder for yourself to watch.

Below is a video from YouTube about Sonnet 29.

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