Sunday, January 24, 2021

BOOKEND

Here's the last lines of a poem I wrote the day after the 2016 presidential election (and one of the last poems in my last book, ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY: Poems 1960-2017), seems to me now to bookend the final lines of Amanda Gorman's inauguration poem:

"'You / can't have up without down, / success without failure, / pleasure without pain,' and I / would add,  dark days without / ones filled with light. Let us / be that light for those who will / need it now."

(C) 2018 Michael Lally

Friday, January 22, 2021

A NEW LIST

Woke up this morning with an alphabetized list of some favorite movies (as works of the film arts and crafts, not necessarily woke political perspective) that begin with the word "THE" and here it is:

THE AFRICAN QUEEN

THE AMERICAN

THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY

THE APARTMENT

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE

THE BANDWAGON

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

THE BIG LEBOWSKI 

THE BIG SLEEP

THE BLACKBOARD JUNGLE

THE BLUE DAHLIA 

THE BOXER

THE CAINE MUTINY

THE CLOCK

THE COMMITMENTS

THE COOL WORLD 

THE COOLER

THE DESCENDANTS

THE EQUALIZER

THE FIGHTER

THE GODFATHER

THE GODFATHER TWO

THE GUNFIGHTER

THE GREAT SANTINI

THE HATE U GIVE

THE HUSTLER

THE INFORMER

THE KILLERS

THE KILLING

THE LADY EVE

THE LADY VANISHES

THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS 

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

THE MALTESE FALCON

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING

THE PETRIFIED FOREST

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY

THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO

THE QUIET MAN

THE RED SHOES

THE REMAINS OF THE DAY

THE SEARCHERS

THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER

THE STRANGER

THE 39 STEPS

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA NEVADA

THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG 

THE WANDERERS

THE WAY WE WERE

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (ACTUALLY A HOUSE I WAS RENTING IN SANTA MONICA)

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

DOUBLE YES

Well no one can say gaga, lopez, and garth can't sing, especially in such a challenging environment (the wind alone was causing problems with the mics) but what purity of tone and pitch...and so went the whole ceremony, everyone doing their bit pretty terrifically, including biden's speech, but the highlight(s) for me were gaga and gorman, the latter's poise and focus delivering such a well wrought poem opened the door to the future for all of us...

YES

What a perfectly focused and brilliantly simple ceremony at the reflecting pool at dusk to commemorate the 400,000 who were taken by Covid-19. Poignantly dignified and promising prologue to a new era. 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

PPS TO LAST TWO POSTS

There's way too many poets whose work I like and love whose names didn't pop up in my post-op brain in my last two posts, the miracle for me is that for ten years after the 2009 brain operation, I lost the compulsion to make lists so I'm just happy it comes back now and then...there is no ranking to any of these lists in relation to each other, except alphabetically...if I ever said I liked or loved your poetry, your name should be on these lists, and even if I never did, if you're friends of mine, in the real world and/or the online one and you write poetry, you should probably be on here, but the mysteries of the brain offer me only so many names at a time and I want to stop somewhere so this is the last addendum...

DONALD BERGER

MERRILL GILFILLAN

BARBARA HENNING

BOB HOLMAN

P. INMAN

VINCENT KATZ

RON KOLM

DAVID LEHMAN

DAVID MARGOSHES

E. ETHELBERT MILLER

WANDA PHIPPS

WANG PING

JOHN REED

BOB ROSENTHAL

KYLE SCHLESINGER

NEIL SILVERBLATT

TONY TOWLE

DAVID TRINIDAD

QUINCY TROUPE

NATHAN WHITING

JOHN YAU

PS

Woke up this morning with another list of some favorite poets I forgot in yesterday's (Jan 16th) list:

LAURA BOSS

LEE ANN BROWN

EVE BRANDSTEIN

THERESA BURNS

NANA-AMA DANQUAH

TINA DARRAGH

LYNNE DRYER

LISA DUGGAN

MARIA  MAZZIOTTI GILLAN

MITCH HIGHFILL

TY GRANDERSON JONES

BETH JOSELOW

STELLA KAMAKARIS

BURT KIMMELMAN

DOUG LANG

JOAN LARKIN

KEVIN MCCOLLISTER

KEN MCCULLOUGH

GLENN MOTT

GERLAD NICOSIA

CHARLES NORTH

ALICE NOTLEY

MAUREEN OWEN

PUMA PERL

ARAM SAROYAN

SIMON SCHUCAT

MARIA SERRANO

DANNY SHOT

RON SILLIMAN

ROBERT SLATER

PATTI SMITH

GARY SNYDER

HEDY STRAUS

CHRIS TYSH

GEORGE TYSH

CECILIA VICUNA

DIANE WARD

BERNARD WELT

JEFFREY CYPHERS WRIGHT

DON YORTY

BILL ZAVATSKY

[I know there's tons more but this is who popped up in my head this morning]