September 30, 2011 §
The new poetry post (with extra box for music)
My new poetry post in front of the house has been standing empty for about a month while I considered what would be the right poem to inaugurate the little box with a glass front and a hinged lid. Should it be a poem about poetry? Should it be about music? Should it be something silly or something deep? Should I look to old favorites like Shelley and Keats or get one of my poet-friends to contribute?
Today I finally took the plunge and printed up the first poem, by Sarah Lindsay: Zucchini Shofar
I wish I could figure out how to make the poem display on this page, but if you click on the link you’ll get it.
I have loved this poem for several years and every time I read it, including just now, during the Days of Awe, standing in front of my house and reading it through the glass of the poetry box, I am smitten with the feeling that I wrote it myself, or could have, or would have, had I been a poet and been at that wedding and heard the sounding zucchini and all those nieces and nephews playing their instruments or if I had ever thought of making the plumbing in a half-built house resound with a trumpeting raspberry or ever realized that the ephemeral art I practice has everything in common with butter that melts into homemade cornbread.
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Here’s an article on rare woods and ivory used in musical instruments. Ebony, ivory, rosewood, pau d’arco, and other rarities have long been used in musical instruments for their beauty, density and acoustic properties. But such substances have long been illegal to import, even if they are part of an old piano or guitar.
It seems that musicians have had instruments seized in customs-gone entirely, forever, plus been hit with huge fines for crossing the Canadian border with an old instrument. Bringing in pianos with ivory keys is impossible-the keys have to be removed and replaced with plastic before they go through customs.