Book or Kindle?

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 26th of February 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

In this episode we discuss the battle of love that may define the 21st Century, Book v Kindle. Davy D reads his poem Breaking Free, written in a Prose Poetry style, which offers an opinion on both sides of the conversation. Prose Poetry came to prominence in France in the 19th Century with the works of essayist and poet Charles Baudelaire. There are many arguments about the form and whether Prose Poetry is poetry at all.  As poetry editor Peter Johnson says, “the Prose Poem plants one foot in prose, the other in poetry. Both heels resting precariously on banana peels.”

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Breaking Free

First Reading

The words, 12-point Baskerville, were trapped beneath glass, cold to touch. Despite being neat and ordered, with supporting white space, they read like a never-ending text. Dragged from room to room it was difficult to get any life into, or from them. Even at night the back-light failed to ignite their meaning, and despite regular warnings, they faded right there in front of my eyes. I had neither the energy or inclination to attempt resuscitation and a whole library evaporated into a cloud, devoid of any attempts at the Dewey Decimal Classification.   

 

Second Reading

It caught my eye from the boot of a Mini Cooper, sat trapped between Jamie Oliver and Jacqueline Wilson. In an act of rescue, the rough feel of a red tattered cover courted dreams of things to come. First Edition, 1899; each page scented with yellow tinges of history. “To darling Ivy, In remembrance of many holy associations and much kindness – The Reverend Bagshaw.”  Penciled from hands once lived now forgotten. Between pages 88 and 89 a pressed Violet. It fell to the muddy field. I knew I was in love.

© Davy D 2018

 

21 Comments

Nailed it Davy!, I think of it as fading colour, with strict form deepest red, and obvious fading to prose-poetry and prose where the red/pink change is seen at a slightly different point by everyone.
I choose pre-owned books whenever I can Davy, for the reasons in ‘Breaking Free’ (not cos I’m a short-armed/deep-pocketed tyke}.

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    Thanks Nigel and that is a good description and one that explains it well. For me it is more about the impact and emotion as opposed the label put on the poetry. I am like you with books. I prefer to buy from car boots or second hand / charity shops, unless one of my favourite Northern poets brings one to the market and them I’m tempted to stretch the pocket.

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A fascinating broadcast, Davy. Your prose poem is impressive. It is packed with meaning and pause-for-thought images. I love the neat juxtaposition of the two complementary (and exact) halves. The contrast between the two is well-expressed and makes your point powerfully. I must give more thought to my views on the differences, apart from the printed formats, between free verse and prose poetry.

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    Thank you for your kind words and feedback Roland, they are very much appreciated. I tried a number of other forms for this poem, but the prose poem fitted the best. I am not sure whether I still understand what makes a prose poem as the definitions and explanations are very conflicting.

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Davy, that was a great broadcast, so free and lively discussions.
Both prose/poetry readings are excellent and the precariously positioned poems are excellent. It is easy to surmise that you are not into Kindle. ” I had neither the energy or inclination to attempt resuscitation ”
and in 2nd reading “Between pages 88 and 89 a pressed Violet. It fell to the muddy field.”.
I use both ways to read but all poetry, spiritual and treasured literature
are in book form. Kindle Paperwhite lit from above ( not backlit) is a eye
saver.
Will stop here as it could become a whole broadcast. 😉 .
miriam

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    Thank you for your kind words Miriam and I am glad you enjoyed the broadcast. I have tried with the Kindle but can’t get away from the feel and excitement you get from a book. The Kindle does have benefits, as you quiet rightly point out. Having both available does mean more people can get to access the written word. Have a good weekend and enjoy the snow 🙂

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This was quite wonderful. Thank you for sharing, Daby. Listening to what you call “prose poetry” certainly brightened my day. (I am currently laid up and healing from pneumonia, which has been going around in epidemic proportions here in the states, so this is really my first time back on line to check out your posts.) Prose poetry, which I have always just called poetry, is actually my very favorite style!

It was immensely popular in the 60’s, when I was a teen, and how I wrote and presented most of my original poems. It also lent itself to lyrics well and so it was easy to transform my prose poems into songs. I think that is one of the reasons I loved Shakespeare so much. Because I felt he wrote like I did. (MUCH better of course but he used that style.) The Bard throws poetry into his prose all the time and it shakes up the rhythm and dialogue turning it into something even more special.I think that is why the early Shakespearean actors had a sing song way of speaking when they performed his plays. Doing this blog on poetic beats was a perfect way to present prose poetry. So hearing read it while actually looking at the words was a beautiful experience. Bravo!

On the debate of Kindle or books, I have several things to say (No surprise there) on that subject. I collect old books. If I had the energy to arise from my easy chair and cast off my blanket I could go to my shelves which display my antique collection, which I consider my little treasures. I don’t have huge collections, but they are special to me. I have an entire set of Mark Twain books from 1901-1920 from an early book of the month club. My Mother purchased them in the mid 1950’s for my siblings and I. She found them in a used a book store and they were in perfect condition. A woman who had passed bought them for her children and it looked like they only read Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, leaving the rest with that beautiful untouched binding, his gold leafed signature, delicate linen, and leather that has a patina and scent that is simply heavenly. My brother, sister and I read them all and enjoyed them thoroughly, so they were well loved.But now they are over a hundred years old. I also have a collection of Dorothy Parker Poetry books. She was my mother’s favorite poet and I took her paperback copy of “Enough Rope” to college with me and fell in love with the style and wit of Ms. Parker. For my 60th birthday my sister found at a special book shop a first edition copy of that book. What a great gift!! I have several books of hers that are a second printing so this first edition hard copy was a treat.
I have collected versions of Jane Austen novels after first reading Pride and Prejudice in my teens and have a plethora of copies that are hardbound, leather, paperback etc. And since I am an avid Sherlock Holmes fan I have also collected Conan Doyle’s adventures for years. My children over the years have found several copies from the turn of the century that are now part of my collection.
I won’t bore you with my other novels but as you can tell I have a passion for old books. They are like a fireworks of tactile experiences whenever I open them. And somehow you not only seem to feel the author’s words when you turn each page, but also the group of readers who sat and enjoyed them.

BUT…. I LOVE MY KINDLE!!! Which I actually read on my iPad pro. (It is a little larger than an iPad mini.) So, I am hooked on reading a novel first on my kindle since I am getting older. You see, I LIKE making the fonts larger and I cannot read the small print anymore on many of the ancient books. (It takes away from the plot if I have to squint.) And If I really, really like a novel after reading it on my kindle, then I purchase it in a hard copy. My poetry books I also buy in hard copy, but I will read them on a kindle first as well if they are available. Of course, my antique poetry books that I have found in stores or in old furniture are wonderful too. I have mom mom’s old poetry books and they are all leather copies that are smaller so she could carry them in a picket or purse.

I would say that I love the old and the new. I can still find the emotion through the glass because I can SEE it better. But the hard copy is by my side and I often flip back and forth with the real book between my fingers to go back and reread sections while swiping my kindle. So, I am still getting that tactile experience combined with the electronic. The best of both worlds! How lucky we are to be alive in 2018!
Sorry this was so long. It is the first time I have written anything in more than a week. I guess my antibiotics are finally working and I am getting better. Hooray! Thanks again for this listening experience!!

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    Sorry to hear you have not been well Lesley, but good to hear you are on the mend. I am so pleased this provided a bit of medicine for you. I think it is wonderful to have some treasures in book form. I love to browse antique and second hand stores to but my books and have a couple of gems in my collection. You make a very eloquent and passionate case for the Kindle and I suppose in time I may have to defer to the technology. Thank you for your feedback on the Prose Poetry as sometimes when I write it I am not sure what it is and I am beginning to find a little more of it as I ease into the works of Shakespeare. Hope your weekend is going well and your recovery continuing.

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Thank you for sharing your prose poetry with us! The word pictures you paint in my head are vivid and ponderful! 🙂

I’ve written prose poetry but didn’t know that’s what it was called until recently. 🙂 I’m learning. 🙂

My youngest bought me a Kindle 5 years ago. I use it. But, I still love book-books best. I like the feel of a book and the smell. 🙂

Having taught Kindergarten and having taught MANY children to read…I collect old Basel Readers I find in antique stores and thrift store. Basel Reader books and book series that were used to teach children how to read. A few of the ones I have are VERY old! 🙂 Even older than me!!! 😮

HUGS!!! Stay warm, stay safe! 🙂
PS…Spring will sprung soon! 😀

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    Thank you for your response and comments Carolyn. I have never heard of Basel Reader Books. I suppose they must be the equivalent of the Janet and John books we had here in the UK, which were for the same purpose. I am like you about the prose poetry. I often wonder what the difference is between that and free verse. I read the academic descriptions and it makes my head hurt lol. Hope you are having a good weekend 🙂

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I love my Kindle and use it for games, music, etc. While I don’t have the patience to read anything lengthy via e-book or a book, nothing compares to the feel of a traditional book. Excellent broadcast, Davy.

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    Thank you for your kind words and response Eugenia and glad you enjoyed the show. I agree, there is something about the feel of a traditional book that allows it to take on its own character. It is a bit like spending some time with a good friend.

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Loved the poems & interesting conversation on prose. I will always be a book lover myself.💕💘💕

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