1) Pictures – Nature

Nasa image, captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, shows virtually simultaneous solar eruptions on opposite sides of the sun (Guardian)

A stampede of wild ponies in Hexigten, Mongolia, is captured by 62-year-old photographer Li Gang, who spends winters trailing the horses in temperatures well below freezing (Guardian)

Volcanic lightning seen above Shinmoedake Volcano, Miyazaki, Japan (LA Times)

2) Memories?

A friend sent me this video. I would mention her name but I can’t remember it.

Pam Peterson

How do you keep your mind, and imagination, sharp?

3) Poetry

Excerpts from the works of Alan Ginsberg:

a. From “Howl”

Angelheaded hipsters burning for the the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,

Who poverty and tatters and hollowed-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz

b. From “Footnote to Howl”

Holy the sea holy the desert holy the railroad holy the locomotive holy the visions holy the hallucinations holy the miracles holy the eyeball holy the abyss!

Holy forgiveness! mercy! charity! faith! Holy! Ours! bodies! suffering! magnanimity!

Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul!

c. From “Song”

The warm bodies shine together in the darkness

the hand moves to the center of the flesh

the skin trembles in happiness

and the soul comes joyful to the eye

The complete version of “Howl” contains many obscene words. The poem “Song” does not. Should high school students be allowed to read obscene literature? Pretending of course that you could keep them from doing it.

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