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Myth, Magic, and Poetry in the month of April

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“What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life. “
-- Ted Hughes

For those of us working in the field of mythic arts, myth and magic is the reality of our lives: the ability to see the world through the lens of metaphor, poetry, and the oldest stories of humankind.

In honor of National Poetry Month, please go here to hear Ted Hughes read his gorgeous, gorgeous work. I love his poems, particularly those those rooted deep in myth and in his love of the natural world. He lived in a village not far from here and I used to see him on occasion, dining at a restaurant just down the street from my old cottage. It's sad to think we'll see no more of him...but his poems live on.


Lovely post accompanying a lovely image. Thanks for the link. I will definitely check it out. I've been making a much more active effort to seek out poetry this month than I have in any of the past several Aprils since The Endicott Studio made me aware that there even was such a thing as National Poetry Month. One of the books I've really been enjoying is A Guide to Folk Tales in Fragile Dialects.

Hey Terri: I also wanted to mention to readers of your blog the fabulous article by Anne Skea Ted Hughes and Crow at the Journal of Mythic Arts. The URL is:

I'd already linked to the Anne Skea article in my post (from the words "rooted deep in myth")...but that's a rather obscure link I suppose. If you missed it, then perhaps others did too -- so thanks for mentioning it here!

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