Favorite Poem – As We Are So Wonderfully Done with Each Other

by Kenneth Patchen

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Patchen was an American  poet, born 1911 and died 1972. He was an influence on the Beat poets (Ginsberg, Corso, etc). I’ve read a handful of his poems; this one stood out to me. Love it.

 

 


“As We Are So Wonderfully Done with Each Other”

BY KENNETH PATCHEN

As we are so wonderfully done with each other

We can walk into our separate sleep

On floors of music where the milkwhite cloak of childhood lies

O my lady, my fairest dear, my sweetest, loveliest one

Your lips have splashed my dull house with the speech of flowers

My hands are hallowed where they touched over your

       soft curving.

It is good to be weary from that brilliant work

It is being God to feel your breathing under me

A waterglass on the bureau fills with morning . . .

Don’t let anyone in to wake us.

Pasted from <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/179291>

 

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

agirlwalkshomeWatched A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. You’ll often hear it billed as an “Iranian”movie,  but it’s not really. Amirpour is an Iranian-American, which is not the same thing. The movie is in Farsi, and the setting does look like it could be Iran, but it’s really California.

It’s a good movie. A good vampire movie. Not much of a plot, and in places doesn’t make a lot of sense. It does have a really great sense of poetic style, really reminiscence of the early Jarmusch films, but without the humor. Amirpour says she’s not a Jarmusch fan, which is very odd. Her  movie suggests she is.

Food Equivalency:  Kabob at a nice place

 

John Adams – David McCullough

john_adamsI’ve read several of McCullough’s books – The Great  Bridge,  Truman, Johnstown Flood. Always enjoyed them. I’ve been struggling a bit with this one. I don’t think it’s the book, I think I’m just tired of the subject. I just finished a biography of George Mason and another of George Washington, so the information is getting repetitive.

Few tidbits about the book……

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Sing Out! – Broadside Magazine

Sing Out! magazine provides access to all back issues of its sister publication, Broadside, on its website.

 

Check them out here.

Broadside #6

 

Sing-Out! was an important publication in the 60’s. It was a primitive, homemade-looking magazine, consisting of only a few pages per issue. However, it is a wonderful document of the politics of the time and the role folk music played. Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs and many, many others contributed. Blowin’ in the Wind is featured in Issue #6.

Really enjoyable to read all these years later. Thanks to Sing Out! for making it available for free.