This was an audio visual experiment for me. While I very much enjoy the personal readings on camera, I have wanted to toy with various other methods as well. I downloaded the Audacity audio recorder and found the tools for filtering sound and raising pitch, etc. to be very helpful.

I suppose this has turned out in some ways to be my twist on the style used by SpokenVerse. He is a master and you should check out his channel here:

The images were easily found in google searches, but the lovely older couple I found on the blog Food for Thought here:…

Gwendolyn Brooks seems to be known in modern high schools mostly by her poem “We Real Cool,” in which she extols the value of staying in school, laying off the gin and not “lurking late” in the local pool halls. Obviously the poem has wide application for youngsters, but as usual I fear that teachers spend a bit too much time preaching from it, when they could subtly let it speak for itself.

“The Bean Eaters” is one of my favorite poems by Brooks, and one that seems to have influenced my occasional love of rhymes within the line, as well as the musical use of assonance and consonance. It’s a lovely little piece, and a genuine pleasure to read.

The Bean Eaters
by Gwendolyn Brooks

They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair.
Dinner is a casual affair.
Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood, 
Tin flatware.

Two who are Mostly Good.
Two who have lived their day,
But keep on putting on their clothes
And putting things away.

And remembering . . .
Remembering, with twinklings and twinges,
As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that
          is full of beads and receipts and dolls and cloths,
          tobacco crumbs, vases and fringes.

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