Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wounded Knee trivia, poem

Trivia: Michael Blake told me that reading Brown’s, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” was his inspiration to write “Dances with Wolves.”  Brown borrowed his title from a poem, “American Names” by Stephen Vincent Benet.

Wounded Knee Remembered

by Charles Redner

Tears frozen on lovely faces

owners’ of harden-hearts

slaughter a Nation’s promise.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Anonymous my ...

Watched “Anonymous” last week and while taking umbrage with the plot, I rather enjoyed the period movie. Enjoyed, even though the director made a valid attempt in crafting a Shakespeare the buffoon depicted of Mozart in “Amadeus.”  However, a real fright came when the popcorn counter person blindly accepted the premise of the film, that Shakespeare never wrote any of the works attributed to him.   Like “Shakespeare In Love,” the film creates a buzz about the Bard, but does this one do more harm?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Perfect Blend

By Charles Redner

Van Morrison wails,
daisy petals wave.

Maroon cousins wink
mustard centers ablaze.

Warm rays ride a swift breeze
brushing along receptive skin.

Music on nature’s canvass
paints a sunny, cool and content creature—

a perfect blend.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Luis Urrea in San Diego

San Diego (LaJolla), Friday, Dec. 2, Warwick’s Bookstore could hold no more. Packed house listen to Luis Alberto Urrea talk about his newest novel, “Queen of America” (A stand-alone sequel to Hummingbird’s Daughter). I arrived late and had difficulty getting in the door. Much love and hugs all around.