Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick 031: Remind You of Keats
This episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick is a ParkCast, recorded outdoors under the clear blue late winter skies at a park near the lush and lavish studios of MWS Media.
What’s the occasion?
I had just finished a somewhat difficult writing session on “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay,” and it brought up some stuff about mortality and drive and the weight of time. I felt like talking it out with you.
You helped me by providing me this outlet. I think you’ll find some value in listening.
Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode
- “The Perfumed Air at Kwaanantag Bay” is my next work of fiction: a novella set in my Shaper’s World storyworld. I’m this close to offering a pre-order on this thing. Stay tuned.
- This episode helps fulfill a promise I made to you in episode 029 of Sonitotum.
- I used Easy Voice Recorder Pro, an Android app, to record this episode. It’s outdoors, so it sounds a little different!
- I talked about my back injury in episode 030 of Sonitotum.
- Mary Oliver was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet. In the episode, I mentioned that the day I was recording was the anniversary of her birth, but that was incorrect. February 24th was actually the 200th anniversary of the death of Keats, of whom Oliver wrote.
- Maria Popova’s Instagram post about Oliver and Keats provided the prod to do this episode.
- In the episode, I read a bit from Mary Oliver’s poem “The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac (Part Three),” which you can find in her collection Blue Horses. You can hear Oliver read it herself, too.
- John Keats was a poet, a contemporary of Shelley and Byron. He died at the age of 25.
- Here’s a link to that Bram Stoker / Dracula meme…
- My podcast app of choice (you can find Sonitotum there, too!) is Podcast Addict.
- Perhaps as a fitting bookend to the anniversary of Keats dying at 25… after I recorded this episode, I learned of the death of legendary poet and the founder of City Lights (the bookstore and the publishing house), Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who died on February 22, 2021… at the age of 101. Without City Lights, I might not have discovered Charles Bukowski, and though his work, John Fante… so I am grateful to Lawrence Ferlinghetti indeed.
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The opening theme song of Sonitotum is “Anastasia” written, performed, and recorded by yours truly, Matthew Wayne Selznick. You can hear or buy the full song on YouTube, Spotify, Amazon.com, iTunes, or just about anywhere you can buy or stream music online.
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