Episode 20 – Angst Couplets

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Jen’s 4th grade poetry and original artwork.

In the twentieth episode of Queens of All Trades, Jen and Cait discuss writing poetry.

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Highschool Angst Poetry by Jen:

#20

 Blue eyes crying,

Brown eyes crying

Tears mingled with soft rain,

in long, slow, solemn dance.

Friendship created,

Friendship ever tried.

Memories flash like lightning,

Pain ripping and roaring as thunder.

Questions pouring into the mind,

but left stagnant and unanswered.

Longing for the others touch,

wishing for shared tears.

Dusk and Hazel are without comfort.

Eyes like

Velvetine and Ice

cry alone.

#27

They say that love is the most exquisite flower.

Yes, maybe, but what kind?

Is it a rose?

But roses have thorns,

and thorns draw blood.

Perhaps that is why it is compared with a rose.

Although beautiful,

Love sometimes requires pain

and blood.

Love is a flower.

Yes, but what kind?

Flowers are forever haunted by the makers of honey.

The little workers that slave all day,

collecting every drop of sweet nectar.

But love is also give and take.

The flower gives its nectar freely,

but in turn is pollinated by the bees.

Just as love should be given freely.

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Love is a flower.

Yes, but what kind?

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All flowers die.

Their graceful silken petals crumble to dust.

The vibrant colors fade to a dim reflection

and the scent becomes putrid.

Is love like this also?

Some say that love is an illusion of beauty,

just as the flower is an illusion.

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Love is a flower.

No, love cannot be compared to any flower on earth.

 

College Angst Poetry by Cait:

swan song (I)
swan song
pale neck sweeping
low, a cradle curved
and rocking gently
swinging in the tempered
beat of sorrow
quiet, swaying
porcelain arch that
bends to meet the shadow
olive, where his shoulder
breaks the waves of her
reluctance foaming
softly lapping at
his collar where their
pulses join a moment
before halting, palm outstretched
to press on sternums
matching in their flat
expanse of flesh, a feeling
welling to the throat
that means the time is
coursing, racing, drifting
and the weight will
disappear from view
and memory like a
breeze, the warm caress
too strong, too tender
to survive where distance
grows the separation
a migration
and a whisper
their refrain
swan song (II)
her languid body folded
to his spine in haunted peace
the weave of feathers stitched
from wing to sky
unbroken and unmarred
the white smooth down a slope
of winter, flash of light
that marks their silhouette
a shadow made of two
the limbs outstretched
unsullied gray and green
their silent flight and yearning
like a ripple breaking
calm and clear still waters
gone to rough where
bodies lifted, startled
from where they lay together
clarion call of loss streaking
egret throats the smell of
dusk and thunder, aching
strong and heavy with
the sound of rending
flesh apart with very
solid stroke of air across
a frame unbound and
airborne with the wind
of borrowed time
lament unwinding, curling
up like smoke in tendrils
sugar fine and blank
like alabaster, slanting
gusts of longing
angry heat
without direction

 

Episode 18 – Feminist Art

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In the eighteenth episode of Queens of All Trades, Jen and Cait discuss art with special guest, Jeannine.

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Jeannine’s Website

 

Fiona Staples:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiona_Staples

http://fionastaples.tumblr.com/

Johannes Vermeer:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Vermeer

http://www.essentialvermeer.com/vermeer_painting_part_one.html#.Wc3LpWhSxPY

Hellenistic Sculpture:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellenistic_art

Pride and Prejudice (2005) Sculpture Gallery (Chatsworth House):

 

The Birth of Venus:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birth_of_Venus

Hieronymus Bosch:

https://www.hieronymus-bosch.org/

Salvador Dali:

http://thedali.org/timeline/

Marc Chagall:

http://www.theartstory.org/artist-chagall-marc.htm

Episode 17 – Team Jeff

In the seventeenth episode of Queens of All Trades, Jen and Cait discuss running with special guest, Jeff.

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Peachtree Road Race:

https://www.atlantatrackclub.org/peachtree

Badwater Ultramarathon:

http://www.badwater.com/

Lake Tahoe Relay:

http://www.laketahoemarathon.com/

Kentucky Bourbon Chase Relay:

https://www.bourbonchase.com/

 

Episode 15 – Spontaneous Song & Dance

In the fifteenth episode of Queens of All Trades, Jen and Cait discuss musical theater with special guest, Caleb.

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Our Spotify Playlist

Our First Musicals (Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins):

 

 

 

Our Favorites (Little Shop of Horrors, The King and I, Singin’ in the Rain):

 

 

 

Shows We Would Be In/Parts We Would Play:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musical Theater TV (SMASH, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Galavant):

 

 

 

Movie Musical Mentions (Guys and Dolls, Peter Pan, The Harvey Girls, Chicago, Dreamgirls, Into the Woods, Cinderella, The Music Man, Newsies, Hairspray, The Last 5 Years):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musicals that Surprised Us (Spring Awakening, Fun Home, Memphis, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat): 

 

 

 

 

Obscure/Underrated Musicals (Once on this Island, The Boyfriend, Zombie Prom, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee): 

 

 

 

 

Other Mentions (Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Secret Garden, Once Upon a Mattress, The Wizard of Oz):