This is simply me reading stuff. "Stuff" being poems and literature and essays and letters. And I'm also talking and praising and laughing and almost crying and hating and living and dying and loving and some other stuff. I try to keep this under 20 minutes because I have a deep fear of boring people.
“There is a charming quality, is there not,” he said to me, “in this silence; for hearts that are wounded, as mine is , a novelist whom you will read in time to come, claims that there is no remedy but silence and shadow. And see you this, my boy, there comes in all lives a time, towards which you still have far to go, when the weary eyes can endure but one kind of light; the light which a fine evening like this prepares for us in the stillroom of darkness, when the ears can listen to no music save what the moonlight breathes through the flute of silence.” - Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way."A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels, has mental experiences which are at once more intense and less articulate than those of a gregarious man. They are sluggish yet more wayward, and never without a melancholy tinge. Sights and impressions which others brush aside with a glance, a light comment, a smile, occupy him more than their due; they sink silently in, they take on meaning, they become experience, emotion, adventure. Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry." - Thomas Mann, Death in Venice "Good feeling, won't you stay with me just a little longer?" - Violent Femmes "I'll be so alone without you. Maybe you’ll be lonesome too." - Price, King & Stewart, You Belong to MeLINKS:Buy Frank Spicer's "My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer".Send your questions/comments/concerns to: email@example.comMy website: www.robynoneil.com"We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds."Anton Chekhov
Alfonsina Storni - The She-Wolf
"I am like the she-wolf. I travel alone and I laugh at the flock." - Alfonsina Storni"My biggest thrill this week was seeing that basket full of mini chips in the salon window." - MeLINKS:Buy Alfonsina Storni's Selected Poems HERE.Check out Western Exhibitions' Drawing Biennial!Watch F. Murray Abraham destroy all artists HERE.Mark Laita's excellent documentary youtube page THE SOFT WHITE UNDERBELLY. *I can't recommend this channel enough. He's doing some serious service here.
Mike White - Levi's Letter from Rehab on "Enlightened" + RIP Charles Simic
"We're animals, Amy. And some animals like to party. For me, God is a beer on the beach. Maybe that's f****d up, but at least it's honest." - Levi, Enlightened "Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all others were making ships." - Charles Simic "Today wasn't anything spectacular and that's what I loved about it." Me, January 2, 2023LINKS:Watch "Enlightened" on HBO HERE.Charles Simic's Obituary.My website: www.robynoneil.comMY SHOP
Eliot Weinberger - An Elemental Thing (The Rhinoceros)
"Modern natural philosophers have found God in the folds of the skin of the rhinoceros." - Voltaire"I found the saltiest, greasiest corn chip at the bottom of this Juanita's bag this morning. It totally blew my mind." - MeLINKS:Buy the book here: https://www.ndbooks.com/book/an-elemental-thing/See what you think about these Daniel Ladinsky "HAFIZ" books: https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/6/14/fake-hafez-how-a-supreme-persian-poet-of-love-was-erasedAnd please meet Rajiv Surendra AKA Kevin Gnapoor!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uo2nomf4I0
I'll Be Back!
Checking in after a long illness. Can't wait to start talking with you guys again! LINKS:Send your questions/comments/concerns to: firstname.lastname@example.orgMy website: www.robynoneil.comMe on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robyn_oneil/?hl=en
Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
"We got to install microwave ovens, custom kitchen deliveries." - Dire Straits "I love turkey sandwiches." - MeLINKS:Check out the Dire Straits video for "Money For Nothing" HERE!See Damien Jurado's website for tickets to his upcoming 25th anniversary show.My #1 Favorite Damien live video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1d1eobg9QYMy #2 Favorite Damien live video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-SEQrHvd2oMy #3 Favorite Damien live video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-kGUJOnuY4My #4 Favorite Damien live video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNHTmqAny3UMy #5 Favorite Damien live video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcqTZ7P_IKQMy #6 Favorite Damien live video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14pegmYlozISend your questions to: email@example.comMy website: www.robynoneil.comMe on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robyn_oneil/?hl=en
I have Alan Ginsberg reading "America", I have Langston Hughes reading "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", but I'd rather hear Robin introduce me to a new poet or author every week, or make me remember why I loved one. Art makes art.
That’s right, Robyn is a pee pee girl. (Listen back to 2017, and you’ll find out what this means.) I describe her podcast as part inspiration, part stand up comedy, part self help, and part - a friendly reminder to drink water and get some s*
Long-time listener, first time reviewer! I’ve long been a fan of Robyn's amazing and intricate drawings, and was delighted to discover her podcast. I always loved poetry in my youth, and this love has been rekindled with Robyn's book-throwing enthusiasm for the poems she reads to us. The episodes are a great way to start or end the day--always with a check in and much needed reminder to drink water and be kind to ourselves. As a fellow artist often working solo in my studio, Robyn feels like a kind of long-distance studio mate and artist friend. And seriously, what could be better than having someone read to you? Thank you Robyn for your care for your listeners and for sharing your love for poetry with us.