Friday, May 26, 2017

DON'T LET ME DOWN ~










KATHY ACKER ~







"There's going to be a world
where the imagination is created
by joy not suffering,
a man and a woman
can love each other again
they can kiss and fuck again
(a woman's going to come along
and make this world for me
even though I'm not
alive anymore)."



M O R E !






Thursday, May 25, 2017

SO AMAZING ~






Trump's Message in the guest book
for the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial







AUGUST KLEINZAHLER ~







A poet and essayist who may be a finer essayist since
he has poetry in his essays, and essays in his poetry.
He's a remarkable toss-up.

To my mind, this is an ideal collection on the true ground
of contemporary poetry — with the intriguing portraits
of poets, and likewise the general life of Kleinzahler who
shares the days and nights and life of a poet.

Check out the subjects; Thom Gunn, James Schuyler's Letters, 
Leonard Michaels (a poet in a fiction writer if there ever was one),
John Berryman, EE Cummings, Christopher Logue, James Merrill,
Kenneth Cox (the one and only), Roy Fisher, Lorine Niedecker,
Basil Bunting (are you catching your breath?), Christopher Middleton,
Louis Zukofsky, Richard Brautigan (a bit too nasty about RB), Allen
Ginsberg (with Peter Orlovsky barking against the door) Lucia Berlin
(more poetry in the fiction), and wonderful side road trips to Alaska,
old homestead Palisades New Jersey, AK's music gluttony 
(a romp to read).
Don't even think to hesitate. 

[ BA ]




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August Kleinzahler
Sallies, Romps, Portraits, and Send-offs
Farrar 2017










Wednesday, May 24, 2017

LITTLE RICHARD DYLAN ~






H a p p y     B i r t h d a y

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Grandpa's 75 years old here
Shut up!
Going strong


"Early Roman Kings"
All the early Roman kings
In their sharkskin suits
Bow ties and buttons
High top boots
Drivin' the spikes in
Blazin' the rails
Nailed in their coffins
In top hats and tails
Fly away, little bird
Fly away, flap your wings
Fly by night
Like the early Roman kings

All the early roman kings
In the early early morn
Coming down the mountain
Distributing the corn
Speeding through the forest
Racing down the track
You try to get away
They drag you back
Tomorrow is Friday
We'll see what it brings
Everybody's talking
Bout the early roman kings

They're peddlers and they're meddlers
They buy and they sell
They destroyed your city
They'll destroy you as well
They're lecherous and treacherous
Hell-bent for leather
Each of 'em bigger
Than all them put together
Sluggers and muggers
Wearing fancy gold rings
All the women goin' crazy
For the early Roman kings

I can dress up your wounds
With a blood-clotted rag
I ain't afraid to make love
To a bitch or a hag
If you see me comin'
And you're standing there
Wave your handkerchief
In the air
I ain't dead yet
Ma Bell still rings
I keep my fingers crossed
Like them early roman kings

I can strip you of life
Strip you of breath
Ship you down
To the house of death
One day
You will ask for me
There'll be no one else
That you'll wanna see
Bring down my fiddle
Tune up my strings
I'm gonna break it wide open
Like the early roman kings

I was up on black mountain
The day Detroit fell
They killed 'em all off
And they sent 'em to hell
Ding dong daddy
You're coming up short
Gonna put you on trial
In a Sicilian court
I've had my fun
I've had my flings
Gonna shake em all down
Like the early roman kings


_______________________

Bob Dylan







GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY ~







Happy Birthday!


I WANT YOU ~






Happy Birthday
Bob Dylan




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WELDON KEES ~









Xantha Street


I close my eyes and all I see is rain
And bruised mouths lined above the silverware.
But rooms are empty as the country now:
The angels rise to Heaven splendidly
On page 289, but the evening still comes on.

Poorly cast in an eighth-rate Grand Guignol
Where every agonist proclaims his purity,
One's sight grows sharper in the glass:
The climate of murder hastens newer weeds.
And crippled neighbors wear divergent frowns
That no one saw before. — Nailed up in a box,
Nailed up in a pen, nailed up in a room
That once enclosed you amiably, you write,
"Finished. No More. The end," signing your name,
Frantic, but proud of penmanship. Beasts howl outside;
Authorities, however, keep the pavements clean.

It is to them that every face is turned,
Who steady rooms this earthquake rocks,
Graphing some future, indistinct, already frayed.
These rooms of ours are those that rock the worst.
Cold in the heart and colder in the brain,
We blink in darkened rooms toward exists that are gone.


___________________


Weldon Kees
The Collected Poems of Weldon Kees
edited by Donald Justice
Nebraska




"[The] narrator — hero. . .is Robinson Crusoe, utterly alone on Madison Avenue,

a stranger and afraid in the world of high-pain news weeklies, fashionable galleries,
jazz concerts, highbrow movies, sophisticated reviews — the world in which Weldon Kees
was eminently successful. Whenever he said, in these gripping poems, that it filled him with
absolute horror, he meant it. On July 18, 1955 his car was found on the approach to Golden
Gate Bridge. He has never been seen since."

— Kenneth Rexroth, New York Times Book Review

Monday, May 22, 2017

ALL AS ONE ~








Quit School






The workers

each one

smiling

talking

joking

faces

in the

sun




the boss 

listens

grimaces

worries

can’t wait

to get

back to

work










He’s Our Son






He’s our son

I’m very proud of him

especially today



he’s come out to work with me

in the woods, along the river

on an island damaged by flood



he’s been gone from home 7 years

been married & divorced

rebuilt his life, now a new girl



he’s also becoming overweight in

a little episode of life we can all make fun

of since he could slide it off in a matter of



weeks, he’s young! out of shape for

the work we are doing — lugging firewood

off this island, across bedrock, fording a creek



and then climbing up stone stairs of the river bank

to the road and dumping our loads countless times

into the back of the pickup truck



countless times, all morning, and it’s all over

his great young man face when he looks at me all

sweaty when we’re done and he exclaims “Jesus!”






Picking His Spots





There’s nothing like coming to bed

on a late summer rainy night



and my love is dead asleep with the rain

and the big male cat is



asleep on my side






All As One






We brought home the wood  —

it’s a tradition older than these hills

we brought it from



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Bob Arnold
BEAUTIFUL   DAYS
Longhouse