Creating Poetry Everywhere

18 Apr

As we head into the last third of National Poetry Month, we bring you a delightful 8-minute visit with poet Jack Collom, renowned for teaching thousands of Boulder County schoolchildren to love and write poetry and also for his stint as a “poetry busker,” during which he wrote poetry on demand for passersby on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall.

Many thanks to Jenna Woods for creating this “MROHP Short” and to Joyce Gordon who recorded the original nearly two-hours-long interview from which this short video was distilled. You can listen to the original interview on our online archive at http://oralhistory.boulderlibrary.org/interview/oh1448/. The short version, “Creating Poetry Everywhere,” is below:

4 Responses to “Creating Poetry Everywhere”

  1. akismet-2c8cccccfadf48fa612e98b2e7b8ab0a April 21, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    What a beautiful piece — beautiful human being. And the poetry! I have tingles.

    • boulderoralhistory April 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      That’s just how we feel too about Jack and this short piece. Thank you!

  2. Daniel York April 19, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Boulder Oral History Project – Thx so much for the Jack Collom piece. My father, who passed away many years ago, also participated in the in-school project Mr. Collom refers to. My father had the same moustache, the same messy office, the same breathing apparatus and the same gleam in his eye. My wife and I live in LA now but as a child in the ’50s I used to visit Eldorado Springs to visit my grandmother who lived alone in a cabin there. She had no hot water and walked down her steep drive every morning for a bucket of coal. She made perfect pies on her old stove and told mesmerizing stories about bears and high wire walkers. You made my day. – Daniel York

    • boulderoralhistory April 21, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

      Daniel:
      What wonderful memories. You made OUR day by recounting them. If you read this reply, I would love to know your grandmother’s name. Also, you might enjoy another “short” that we have about Eldorado Springs and the Eldorado pool, which includes a picture of the high wire walker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkBRMtSDE7A
      Susan (program manager)

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