Saturday Show and Tell – Poetry, Princesses, and Paths of Myth 10/8/2016

Saturday Show and Tell – a showcase of things each week that lit up my brain and fired my imagination. Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite Disney Princess? Mine is Sleeping Beauty. I love the  romantic dancing scene in the woods and that sometimes in the original film, her eyes are brown. As a brown-eyed princess myself, it seemed the proper color. Also, I’m still in love with Prince Philip, and he had the best horse.

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Jason Porath has built an entire website devoted to women & girls who should be Disney princesses, but for one reason or another (politics mostly), will probably never be. He draws the cover art, tells the story, and includes the historical footnote or two to keep it interesting. It’s a smart site that makes history fun and gets the creative juices flowing.  Oh, and yes, there’s a book to be released this month!

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Poet Roy G. Guzman is on fire. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. His poem, Restored Mural for Orlando, was made into a chapbook to raise funds for the Orlando shooting early this year. Every time I read his work, I am caught unawares by emotions and images I didn’t know were there.  You can find out more about him at his website. I won’t paste any passages here, because the structure of his work is too enmeshed and organic to do it justice by tearing it apart. You can read his latest published pieces at The Collapsar.

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The Cosmic Hunt is a mythological tale which is present in many cultures throughout history. I never realized it was made up of mythemes. In fact, I’d never heard that word until this week. Julien D’Huy has written a beautiful longread on his research and analysis of how myths travel over time. It’s a blend of storytelling, evolutionary theory, computer modeling, and detailed analysis. It’s also a little bit like magic.

The dialogue starts with you. Have a favorite thing this week you’d like to share?

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