Merry Fourth from 7-Imp: “Propulsive Possibilities”

h1 July 4th, 2007 by Eisha and Jules

Walt Whitman, frontispiece to 'Leaves of Grass,' steel engraving by Samuel Hollyer from a lost daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison; image in the public domainJust a quick note to say happy 4th of July to everyone and to direct you to this recent and wonderful Poetry Friday post at Liz Garton Scanlon’s LiveJournal. She shares a poem written by her good friend, poet and teacher
W. Joe Hoppe. Liz shares a poem (in its entirety) that he wrote in 1992, entitled “It’d be a Happy Ending.” And it’s not only a wonderful poem, but it’s fitting for the fourth. So, go experience it. It’ll be worth your time (and then you’ll understand why we titled this post the way we did).

His poem at Liz’s post might make you want to read his newest anthology of poetry, Galvanized (2006, Dalton Publishing). We know we want to. (And we just have to add that Liz — in her post about the poem — describes him as “remarkable for all sorts of reasons, including his lovin’ dad energy, his amazing full-back tattoo, his wise and talented wife, and his buddist-midwestern-hotrod-classics sensibility.” How great is that description?) . . .

Also, Nancy at Journey Woman had some great poetry choices for the holiday for her most recent Poetry Friday entry. We particularly loved this:

America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn’t standing still.

That would be E.E. Cummings for you on this July 4th. Go read the rest of Nancy’s poetry choices, including “I Hear America Singing” by Uncle Walt (pictured here). Happy 4th to all . . .

6 comments to “Merry Fourth from 7-Imp: “Propulsive Possibilities””

  1. Eisha and Jules,

    Happy Independence Day to you, too! You ladies are blogging fools. Think I’ll order myself a copy of Galvanized. A person can’t own too many poetry books…right???

  2. Funny that you should say “blogging fools.” My huge to-be-read pile staring me in the face is prompting me to take a blog vacation for a bit, I think — rather, I will soon. And poor Eisha has to pack everything and move, so in a couple weeks we might announce that we’ll be silent for a bit of time (Eisha for maybe longer — how I wish I could just pop on over and help her pack, too).

    At least I’m going to *try* to stay away from the blog. Heh. Wish me luck.

    Happy 4th to you, too, Elaine!

  3. I love it that you and Liz are celebrating the Fourth with poetry. It’s like fireworks on the page.

  4. Jules– Making a decison to stay away from the blog only makes a person blog more. I’ve said, “I’m taking a break for a week,” and then had it pointed out that I was blogging more than ever.

  5. Alkelda, I can totally see that happening to me.

  6. Thanks, guys, for the nod. You’ll love Galvanize…

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