Concert in Boston - Seraphim Singers - New Sacred Choral Music - Richard Clark and Adam Wood
  • Wait - you're a musician as well as a poet? And an economist?

    Wonders never cease with you, Adam! Tell me - do you also wear a bow tie by chance?
  • ryandryand
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    He's also a Grill Master. A local legend.
  • Adam, you have officially jumped to the top of the list of "People I Must Meet from the CMAA Forum".
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  • Perhaps because he so often chips in with the flippant quip (or cartoon) on this forum, I was surprised yesterday by the grace and depth of Adam's poetry. Among other poets represented on the concert were George Herbert, John Donne, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Not bad company.
    Thanked by 1Adam Wood
  • Well, even brilliance can have its flippant side - just think of all the scatological humor of Mozart.
  • Adam WoodAdam Wood
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    just think of all the scatological humor of

    ...me

    one of the my favorite things I have written is:


    On Fussbudgets


    Does any blight or cursed venom
    Have a bite that’s worse than them in
    whom no happy triffling matter
    fails to launch an angry pratter
    blusterbunding out the gullet,
    of dispar’ging comments, full? It
    really is an aweful mir’cle
    how the purtin prudy jerk’ll
    blab displeasure, frown on happy
    thoughts and spread his brand of crappi-
    ness where e’er his gazing lands,
    confident he understands.

    Sure he knows the right and reason,
    thinking adaptation treason,
    squaling for some ideal marmy
    rule to keep us safe from harm, he
    pukes his half-digested fussing
    on the rest of us there, cussing
    anyone who dares to change,
    expand, adapt, or rearrange
    whatever pointless, made-up canon
    at this moment’s good for damnin’
    things that other folks have done,
    and those people’s sense of fun.

    Giddy at the thought of every-
    body else’s happy reverie
    really being wrong, and more
    “it goes to show how really poor
    the thinking and the culture is
    these days.” They never seem to notice
    (stubborn as a tired ass is)
    that they see through poop-hued glasses.
    Not to mention half the time
    or more they haven’t caught the rhyme
    or reason for the rules they follow,
    (insert vulgar pun on “swallow”).

    Scared to have a joyful living,
    hiding from decisions, giving
    weight too much to old opinions
    acting as the soulless minions
    of a kingdom’s vain pretender,
    wanting what they can’t remember.
    Gone be you! I banish thusly
    buckle-hatted pikers fuss’ly
    stewing in their grievous jury-
    room of molding righteous fury,
    Glad I am that unlike he,
    I am mostly scruple-free.
    Thanked by 2Salieri eft94530
  • SalieriSalieri
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    Oh, thank goodness. For a moment I was afraid that that might be FREE VERSE!
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  • " . . . they see through poop-hued glasses."

    Now that's an image to remember.
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  • Adam WoodAdam Wood
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    For a moment I was afraid that that might be FREE VERSE!


    http://adammichaelwood.com/against-freeverse/
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  • melofluentmelofluent
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    Were that line "scheidt-stained glasses..." you'd get a two-fer.
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  • oldhymnsoldhymns
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    The Seraphim Singers did a superb job with the Clark-Wood piece last night at St. Cecilia's. What a great concert in a magnificent church!
    Thanked by 1Adam Wood