Saturday, September 25, 2010

Saturday Sharing (My Finds Are Yours)

Today's edition of Saturday Sharing takes you all over the map of the Web. It begins in Yorkshire, England, where poet Simon Armitage has been trail-blazing, and ends at a Moscow Olympiad that will really get you thinking. In between are pit stops in Gainesville, Florida, Toronto, Canada, and Waterville, Maine, plus at least one virtual hot spot at a place called Mental Floss.

✭ I love the idea of incising poetry in stone to mark a hiking trail. 

✭ In Gainesville, Florida, the Next Chapter Book Store gives young people with disabilities a place to work and socialize and creates a home for hundreds of donated books. The book store is a member of the Our Neighbor outreach program, which provides housing and opportunities for men and women with physical disabilities, and collaborates with Interactive Neighborhood for Kids.

✭ If you've always wanted a poster of your favorite book, visit Postertext, a company that says its book posters allow you to "literally hang your favorite book on the wall with the complete text arranged to depict a memorable scene". New posters are added weekly. Among current offerings are book posters for Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Moby Dick, The Bible (New Testament), and the Constitution of the United States (I'd never thought of that as a book but no matter). Included among works-in-progress are posters for Ulysses, Dracula, and War of the Worlds. The company's blog ensures you keep up to date with new arrivals.

✭ Like facts? Like 'em better when they're amazing? Check out The Amazing Fact Genenerator.

✭ The Special Collections of Colby College, in Waterville, Maine, include "Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems", a wonderful selection of poetry arranged in clusters, with manuscript samples and transcript overlays that allow one to view versions before and after publication. Audio recordings are provided, as well as a guide for viewing the manuscript samples. The papers of poet Wesley McNair are housed at Colby, too. Find time to see McNair's "My Life as a Poet: A Multimedia Memoir" on video (be patient, it takes time to load); a text version with linked images is here.

✭ Looking for a linguistic challenge? These puzzles from the University of Oregon Department of Linguistics offer innumerable opportunities to apply your common sense and logic, and also require no little patience. The puzzles are color-coded to distinguish level of difficulty. For added pleasure, check out the First International Olympiad in Linguistics, where you may download individual and team linguistic problems and their solutions. (No cheating!)

Today marks the start of Banned Books Week. Celebrate by reading something that's been taken off the shelves at your local schools or libraries!


Sandra Heska King said...

I love the idea of using poetry to mark path! Hiking and otherwise.

Awesome finds. Again.

Michael Perkins said...

okay...the banned books thing is really cool.

Anonymous said...

Great list today! I am pretty sure I need one of those book posters, and we enjoyed playing around with the fact generator. And I *love* the idea of marking paths with poetry. Around here we have a huge "rails to trails" movement, where they are converting old railroad beds to walking/biking trails. I just think it would be so cool to have poetry along the path-- a line at a time. It would definitely make the walk more enjoyable! :)

Matt @ The Church of No People said...

Love the fact generator. It's basically a trivia machine. Always good fun to pull out some random fact at a party.

Jingle said...

you have such fantastic idea about poetry and poetry sharing,
thanks for the post.

love the idea of "incising poetry in stone"...

Jingle said...

Hello, friend:

Our Monday Poetry Potluck Is NOW open, linking is open from Sunday 8pm to Tuesday, 8pm, welcome join us by linking in 1 to 3 poems, you could use an old poem, the more you share, the happier we are…hurry up!
Thanks in advance.
Hope to see you soon…