Friday, June 10, 2011


This week I've been reading LUCKY FISH (poems) by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

In a poem entitled "The Ghost-Fish Postcards," there are some very inviting lines:

“The whole planet howls – a conch blown on the beach, a pair of monkeys grate papaya rind into each other’s hungry mouths, a simple bee in a jeweled tulip. What is your sound & when & where should I listen?”

(emphasis mine)

So I've been thinking about sounds. And listening.

The first thought that popped into my head in response to the query was, "my sound is Ben Sollee on the cello."

I'll be listening to Ben as I drive today to the Poetry Retreat with Rebecca Kai Dotlich. I'm excited! And I will be back Monday to tell you about it.

Meanwhile, tell me: What is your sound? And don't forget to visit Anastasia for Poetry Friday Roundup.


  1. Thanks for the video! Love Ben's music (where have I been that I hadn't heard of him before?).

    My sound, at least at this moment, is lips smacking as they wrap themselves around a warm biscuit with jam.

    Have fun at the retreat. Can't wait to hear all about it.

  2. What a lovely post, Irene.

    At the moment, I hear a French horn playing (my daughter is practicing), so I can't think of any other sounds. Except a cat purring (also nearby).

  3. I'm going right out to get some Ben Sollee CD's at the library!

    Because of a recent trip to the Alhambra in Granada, where fountains and small rivulets of water run all through the gardens, I'm noticing that sound lately - running water, very soothing, especially if you hear two "water-songs" at once.

  4. P.S. I envy you that retreat with Rebecca Kai Dotlich and hope you'll post details when you're home.

  5. Thanks for linking me back! And what a great question: what is your sound? Mine is giggling middle schoolers, I think. And myself saying, "Shhh" as I try to get them to read silently...


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