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By: Elia Powers | August 25, 2005
Back when Atari video game systems weren't considered retro, Yucef Merhi was playing around with words and video cords. The Venezuelan-born Merhi wrote poems as a hobby and mastered the Atari 2600 by the time he had reached junior high. That was when he decided to get creative by mixing the mediums. Through programming ingenuity, Merhi wired the Atari to act like a primitive computer, enabling him to post poetic messages on the video screen. He then gave others the chance to fiddle with his words.
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By Britney Barnes | September 24, 2009
Exploring the nature of memory, examining how and what a person remembers, might sound daunting for some, but Kate Buckley chose it as the theme for her second book of poems. The collection looks at how memory can heal and “lead us through the dark valley of loss to love.” “I envisioned the book as a journey for readers to examine their own humanity,” Buckley said. The Laguna Beach resident will debut her second collection of poems, “Follow Me Down,” at 8 p.m. Friday at Golden West College.
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March 11, 2004
Andrew Edwards What do bouncing bunnies, wicked weasels and tiny turkeys have in common? The fictional animals are all featured in original poems written by second-grade children in Carolyn Sczech's class at Smith Elementary School. When writing their short poems, many of the child authors wrote about favorite animals engaged in humorous adventures. Sczech concluded a series of lessons on poetry by asking her children to write alliterative poems -- one-liners in which all the words begin with the same letter.
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By Kelly Strodl | October 19, 2006
For Mifanwy Kaiser, prison was one of the most accomplished times of her life. For years, Kaiser prepared inmates for high school GED testing in Oldham County, Ky. When she took the job teaching inmate students, only one or two out of seven would pass. So she had them write poetry about the information they had difficult retaining. "I always use poetry in everything I do," Kaiser said. Writing poems on the information they had trouble remembering helped the inmates emotionally connect with what they were learning.
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April 18, 2002
Paul Saitowitz Lois Riley Starbuck's name is three words long -- a bit longer than the average person's name. Whether or not that has anything to do with her penchant as a wordsmith may be left up for debate, but it seems that someone who loves language the way she does wouldn't be fit to have just a two-word name. Starbuck, a Surf City resident, has been writing ever since the skills to to grip a pen and put it to paper descended upon her. She still has poems she remembers writing in her elementary school days.
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By Michael Miller | February 22, 2012
Last week, I judged a competition where entrants had to have a grabbing lead, a dynamic storytelling style and a wealth of information condensed into a finite number of words. I'm talking, of course, about Poetry Out Loud. For the second straight year, I got invited to help preside over the annual event sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in which high school students dramatically recite poems from memory. Friday afternoon, a dozen students vied at the local competition at the Orange County Department of Education headquarters in Costa Mesa.
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By Michael Alexander | March 29, 2007
Two up-and-coming poets will read from their works at Golden West College on Friday, the night of the Tebot Bach poetry organization's monthly featured readings. One writes of the distance between Russia and America, and the other writes to bridge the gap between himself and his own life. Stephen Gyllenhaal is better known as a film and TV director, or as the father of acting star siblings Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. But it's precisely the struggles with work, with Hollywood and with family that turned Gyllenhaal into a poet.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | March 9, 2011
The poet Joyce Kilmer, in 1913, wrote the oft-quoted lines, "I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree. " The Huntington Beach Tree Society, though, is encouraging people to come as close as they can on Arbor Day. The nonprofit society plans to host a tree-planting dedication Tuesday in front of the traffic median at Main Street and Adams Avenue. As part of the festivities, President Jean Nagy and others have invited visitors to present their favorite poems about trees.
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By Michael Miller | April 4, 2012
Last week, Times Community News got a surprise visit from a poet. No, Rita Dove or Mark Strand didn't stop by the newsroom. But our story on DrunkRescue, a new Huntington Beach business that offers rides home for out-on-the-town drunks, got an online reader comment much different from the usual anonymous posting. It was different, mainly, because it was written in rhymed couplets. I emailed the author and asked for his or her name so we could print the comment in Mailbag (it's in our letters page this week)
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By Michael Miller | April 4, 2012
Last week, Times Community News got a surprise visit from a poet. No, Rita Dove or Mark Strand didn't stop by the newsroom. But our story on DrunkRescue, a new Huntington Beach business that offers rides home for out-on-the-town drunks, got an online reader comment much different from the usual anonymous posting. It was different, mainly, because it was written in rhymed couplets. I emailed the author and asked for his or her name so we could print the comment in Mailbag (it's in our letters page this week)
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By Michael Miller | February 22, 2012
Last week, I judged a competition where entrants had to have a grabbing lead, a dynamic storytelling style and a wealth of information condensed into a finite number of words. I'm talking, of course, about Poetry Out Loud. For the second straight year, I got invited to help preside over the annual event sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in which high school students dramatically recite poems from memory. Friday afternoon, a dozen students vied at the local competition at the Orange County Department of Education headquarters in Costa Mesa.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | March 9, 2011
The poet Joyce Kilmer, in 1913, wrote the oft-quoted lines, "I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree. " The Huntington Beach Tree Society, though, is encouraging people to come as close as they can on Arbor Day. The nonprofit society plans to host a tree-planting dedication Tuesday in front of the traffic median at Main Street and Adams Avenue. As part of the festivities, President Jean Nagy and others have invited visitors to present their favorite poems about trees.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Britney Barnes | September 24, 2009
Exploring the nature of memory, examining how and what a person remembers, might sound daunting for some, but Kate Buckley chose it as the theme for her second book of poems. The collection looks at how memory can heal and “lead us through the dark valley of loss to love.” “I envisioned the book as a journey for readers to examine their own humanity,” Buckley said. The Laguna Beach resident will debut her second collection of poems, “Follow Me Down,” at 8 p.m. Friday at Golden West College.
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By Michael Alexander | March 30, 2007
Two up-and-coming poets will read from their works at Golden West College on Friday, the night of the Tebot Bach poetry organization's monthly featured readings. One writes of the distance between Russia and America, and the other writes to bridge the gap between himself and his own life. Stephen Gyllenhaal is better known as a film and TV director, or as the father of acting star siblings Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. But it's precisely the struggles with work, with Hollywood and with family that turned Gyllenhaal into a poet.
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | October 19, 2006
For Mifanwy Kaiser, prison was one of the most accomplished times of her life. For years, Kaiser prepared inmates for high school GED testing in Oldham County, Ky. When she took the job teaching inmate students, only one or two out of seven would pass. So she had them write poetry about the information they had difficult retaining. "I always use poetry in everything I do," Kaiser said. Writing poems on the information they had trouble remembering helped the inmates emotionally connect with what they were learning.
NEWS
By: Elia Powers | August 25, 2005
Back when Atari video game systems weren't considered retro, Yucef Merhi was playing around with words and video cords. The Venezuelan-born Merhi wrote poems as a hobby and mastered the Atari 2600 by the time he had reached junior high. That was when he decided to get creative by mixing the mediums. Through programming ingenuity, Merhi wired the Atari to act like a primitive computer, enabling him to post poetic messages on the video screen. He then gave others the chance to fiddle with his words.
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By: | July 30, 2005
Men don't cry between hello and goodbye -- it's a lesson that Anthony "Tony the Hat" Monkiewicz learned over five years. The 65-year-old Costa Mesa resident, who earned his nickname by wearing one of his many hats every day since he was a young boy, lost someone very close to him -- his girlfriend Patricia Postal -- to cancer in 1998. He was overcome with grief -- but not the type of grief you'd expect. Monkiewicz felt guilty. Guilty that he'd never told her how much he loved her, that Postal never knew how important she was to him. He felt he had not done right by her in life.
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March 11, 2004
Andrew Edwards What do bouncing bunnies, wicked weasels and tiny turkeys have in common? The fictional animals are all featured in original poems written by second-grade children in Carolyn Sczech's class at Smith Elementary School. When writing their short poems, many of the child authors wrote about favorite animals engaged in humorous adventures. Sczech concluded a series of lessons on poetry by asking her children to write alliterative poems -- one-liners in which all the words begin with the same letter.
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