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April 28, 2021 - 3:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, GO ART!, video, arts, entertainment.
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Gregory Hallock, executive director of GO ART!, reads poems by Annette Daniels Taylor for National Poetry Month.

April 23, 2021 - 5:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, video, arts, entertainment.
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Batavia resident Dan Crofts reading "The Dark Night" by John of the Cross for National Poetry Month.

April 22, 2021 - 11:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, video.
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Eric Zwieg, a writer and musician from Batavia, reads "Sometimes We Wake Transformed" by Jason Irwin for National Poetry Month.

April 21, 2021 - 10:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, bill kauffman, video, elba.
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Elba resident Bill Kauffman reads 'To a Siberian Woodsman' by Wendell Berry for National Poetry Month.

April 20, 2021 - 10:57am
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S. Shade Zajac, conductor and musical director for the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, reading "Power" by Jim Morrison for National Poetry Month.

April 15, 2021 - 11:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, video, nici johnson.
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Nici Johnson, radio personality with WBTA, reads "Flamingo Watching" by Kay Ryan.

April 14, 2021 - 6:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, arts, entertainment, video.
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For National Poetry Month, David Reilly reads "Nostalgia" by Billy Collins.

April 12, 2021 - 2:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, video, byron hoot.
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Byron Hoot is not a Batavia resident but over the years he's become a significant part of our local literary climate, attending local literary events and the annual John Gardner Society reading of the famous author's work at the Pok-A-Dot each October.

He's reading one of his own poems, "The Discomfort of Healing."

April is National Poetry Month.

April 9, 2021 - 2:05pm
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For National Poetry Month, we asked several local school superintendents to read a poem for us. The first submission comes from Matthew Calderon, superintendent of Pembroke Central schools. He's reading "Sick" by Shel Silverstein.

April 8, 2021 - 10:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, Batavia Players, video.
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"Dirty Face" by Shel Silverstein read by Avelynn William for National Poetry Month.

April 7, 2021 - 6:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, video, poetry month, Batavia Players.
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Poetry Month: "The Shortest Day" by Sarah Cooper read by Wendy Williams.

April 6, 2021 - 5:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, Batavia Players, video.
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April is National Poetry Month, and as we did last year, we've asked Batavia Players to read some poems for us. Today, "Pangur Ban" is read by Dorothy Gerhart.

You, members of our community, are also invited to submit videos of yourself reading a poem. Please record your video with your camera set to produce a horizontal frame, keep it steady, well-lit with good quality audio. You can send us your video via wetransfer.com, emailed to: [email protected].

April 2, 2021 - 11:19am
posted by Howard B. Owens in poetry, Batavia Players.
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April is National Poetry Month, and as we did last year, we've asked Batavia Players to read some poems for us. We start with 'In the Woods' by Oscar Wilde read by Stephen VanValkenburg. 

You, members of our community, are also invited to submit videos of yourself reading a poem. Please record your video with your camera set to produce a horizontal frame, keep it steady, well-lit with good quality audio. You can send us your video via wetransfer.com, emailed to: [email protected].

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.

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