NaBloPoMo: When is a Tweet Not a Tweet or a Cormorant Not a Cormorant? When One is the Number of Syllables in an Elizabethan Sonnet and the Other is an Anhinga. (A 420 CHARACTER, 9-LINE POEM)

When is a Tweet Not a Tweet or a Cormorant Not a Cormorant? When One is the Number of Syllables in an Elizabethan Sonnet and the Other is an Anhinga. (A 420 CHARACTER, 9-LINE POEM BY PATTY)

Double-crested Cormorant

Names don’t matter as much as what things ARE:

So, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,”

a Tweet is also the # of syllables in a sonnet*–or IS a sonnet–

and a cormorant is really an anhinga

who tosses & juggles fish so as to swallow it headfirst,

which is what I do when I juxtapose disparate ideas within 420 characters,

a # that USED to be the limit on Facebook “Updates”

but now I them call poems.

Names.

PATTY

* THIS IS BILLY COLLINS commenting on himself and SOCIAL MEDIA (it’s a quote I caught in the NYT and reminded me of the equality of numbers twixt the sonnet syllable count and the Tweet.): “I can proudly say that I’ve never tweeted, but I am struck by the apparent coincidence of the 140 characters — sounds like a Balzac novel — and the 140 syllables in the Elizabethan sonnet. Instead of tweeting that you had great pizza tonight, why not read some haiku byBuson? Doesn’t poetry seem just right for our ever shrinking attention spans?”

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AT THE TABLE ~ FIVE WOMEN AND A MOUNTAIN OF WORDS

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My neighborhood hotspot has small plates and long tables. Upbeat, hassle-free, welcoming. It’s where my writing group meets.

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Throughout the winter months, those ferociously l-o-n-g winter months,

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when the wind blows and the snow falls and there’s not a hint of spring in the air, picture windows draw in even the palest slant of light ~ the next best thing to being outside.

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So bask in the magic, here’s how life is lived around the communal table ~

IN THE SEATS

Mary, Patty, Sandy, Ency, Ronnie, Sue and Toni in spiritu

WHY THEY CAME

To talk about writing, chuckle, chortle, and guffaw

ON THE PLATES

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… and lots and lots of …

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WHAT THEY TALKED ABOUT

Droll well-informed discourse about almost drowning in a brook to save a dog, traveling with zip lock bags for underwear and barfing, migranes, bagels with peanut butter, Owl by Ellen Bryant Voigt, the word obligato*, Gertrude Stein who made a fetish of repetition, the word obligato*, (interlude ~ a swoosh of nostalgia), visual pixels, Medicine Wheel, Facebook, working at home, deadlines, lyrical responses to readings, the word obligato*, a writing course, sestinas, Isabel’s first chapter, Ted Kooser, poetry and porcelain thrones.

*At some point in the conversation, it’s appears that the group became fixated on this word. Anyone wish to contest this? My best guess ~ it probably happened.

Toni 3/13/13

 *obbligato |ˌäbləˈgätō|(also obligato )noun ( pl. obbligatos or obbligati |-ˈgätē| ) [ usu. with or as modifier ]an instrumental part, typically distinctive in effect, that is integral to a piece of music and should not be omitted in performance.ORIGIN Italian, literally ‘obligatory,’ from Latin obligatus, past participle of obligare (see oblige)

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: GEOMETRY

Gehry’s Sphere (Esfera) Sculpture and Mapfre Tower Building at Port Olimpic, Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)

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Frank Gehry is one of the world’s most influential architects. He’ s edgy, astonishing, and the antithesis of ordinary. Take a look at some of his work ~ the  Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA.

Ephraim Goldberg’s ( aka Frank Gehry) grandmother was his earliest influence. Together they built imaginary cities with woodshavings scavenged from his grandfather’s hardware store.

The Goldberg’s had a carp that swam around in the bathtub on Friday nights. And they always had gefilte fish for Sabbath dinner. Seems like the humble architect never lost his taste for fish. Gehry used fish motifs in many of his designs. “I never intended to build fish,” Gehry says, “In my mind, I say ‘Enough with the fish.’ But it has a life of its own.”Frank Gehry

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Gehry has a fondness for the aquatic. In the yacht harbor in Barcelona, I saw a Gehry-designed leviathan ~  a  bronze whale sculpture at the port’s entrance. It’s made out of stone, steel and glass and is a whimsical eye-catcher with its shiny metal plates that change color depending on the sun.

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Frank Gehry designed Fossil Watch

    Gehry works on the smaller stuff, too ~

 Fossil watches….

                ……and SuperLight chairs made from    aluminum. Can you say 6 pounds?gehry chair.jpg..

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Gehry’s latest project? Two words ~  Facebook Headquarters.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Gehry is Mark Zuckerberg’s go-to guy, the one who will create the largest open floor plan in the world.

FB is awash with trailblazers and pioneers.  The starchitect should feel right at home.

Toni 11/3/12