We're well into the dog days of August. Today's highlights will let you do what the dogs do: beat the heat and stay indoors. You won't be disappointed in your explorations.
✦ PBS Arts has launched a 13-part series called Off Book that you may view online. The first of the bi-weekly episodes, Light Painting, features two photographers who demonstrate long-exposure photography and their use of color and kinetic light while shooting.
✦ A site I found through the Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog, ONandOnScreen comprises poems and videos. It's described as "a conversation between moving words and moving images, on and on." Among the features are Matthew Zapruder's poem "Poem for a Cloud Above a Statue", which is paired with Simon Christen's "The Unseen Sea"; and the collaborative poem and video "Invitation to Submit" by Jeannie Simms, Fiona Ng, Susie Hu, and Miles.
The site includes bios and an archive that's fun to poke around in. For its current summer issue, ONandOnScreen partnered with BOMB Magazine whose BOMBlog is highlighting weekly a poem and video selection.
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✦ Got an urge to see how poets write about medicinal plants and herbs? Whether your tastes run to aloe vera, bergamot, sorrel, or vervain, you'll find more than 50 poets' work on an A-to-Z list at Urban Physic Garden's Herbarium, which is also a print anthology that includes a CD featuring sound-poems and songs. The Herbarium launched July 22.
✦ Centos, erasures, and other forms of "found" poetry that use pieces of preexisting text (from newspaper articles, instruction booklets, dictionaries, speeches, personals ads, or any other text-based source) are celebrated in the new online quarterly The Found Poetry Review. The quarterly's site includes a series of weekly prompts, first launched July 5; you'll find links or sample texts as aids, and, after responding to a prompt, you may post in the comments section a link to your own poem or the poem itself. Submissions information is here.
✦ If you can't make it to Washington, D.C., before October 9 to see the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's exhibit "NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration", do the next best thing: watch this video and then check the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) tour schedule to learn whether and when the show is coming to your town.
✦ We take so much for granted. Imagine, as the children in this moving POV documentary do, having to wait for the arrival of books via donkeys. The children live in rural Magdalena Province, a poor and violent place deep in Colombia's interior, home to drug traffickers and armed gangs. Luis Soriano is the man who, with his "donkey library", awakens the children to the world of books.
Also see A History of the Bookmobile.