by Kenneth Patchen
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
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>
Disease, insanity, and death were the angels that attended my cradle, and since then have followed me throughout my life.
– Edvard Munch
Watched 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
Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic.
– W. H. Auden
If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character, would you slow down? Or speed up?
– Chuck Palahniuk
Very predictable, but mildly entertaining. Many better ways to spend your time, but if you’re really tired or something, you could do worse.
Food equivalency: McDonald’s Fish Fillet
I’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……
Continue reading “John Adams – David McCullough”
In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.
– Ann Frank
Sing Out! magazine provides access to all back issues of its sister publication, Broadside, on its website.
Check them out here.
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.
What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?
– Logan P. Smith