Some time ago my SoundCloud friend Mark introduced me to The Dangling Conversation. I thought I knew pretty much all of Simon and Garfunkel’s well known songs… but I was so wrong, I’d never heard this one.
I absolutely loved it and found myself drawn to listen to this delightful song again and again. One day while listening, I realised it might make an interesting poem for one of my spoken word creations. Here it is… with a simple video included. I also uploaded a version to my SoundCloud page.
I find it very interesting to speak poetry that isn’t mine. It helps form a different pattern in my mind on how to speak and how to write poems. We all have patterns that are part of how we think, which is perfectly natural, but it’s good to introduce something different now and then. It helps reduce limitations and expands the writer on the inside.
After I recorded my version of The Dangling Conversation I did some more research on the song and found a 1968 black and white film of a High School teacher reading the lyrics in the process of teaching her class poetry. I thought it was absolutely wonderful to see that. I love the way she saw those lyrics as pure poetry and not just a song… such a cool teacher!
Below, is a short documentary with some of her pupils talking about memories of their English literature teacher Mrs Ashcraft and the 1968 documentary High School by Frederick Wiseman.
The Dangling Conversation is from Simon and Garfunkels Parsely, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme album. If you’ve not heard it yet please visit You Tube for a free listen. I have an original vinyl copy, it’s a beautiful album.