Saturday, May 26, 2018

A NEW LIST!

As I've said probably too often, I was born with a compulsion to make lists in my head, in my poetry, in my conversation, etc. but the minute I came to after my brain operation in November of 2009, and ever since, I can't put a list of more than two items together in my head without giving up or having to consult my computer or bookshelves.

In conversation with a friend recently about how I can fall in love with a writer's words on the page so intensely I feel a deep need to read every word that writer has ever written, and still reread them, I started listing authors I felt that way about. Here's a much expanded version of what I came up with (with help from my bookshelves and limiting it to pre-my generation (unless already deceased)):

Dante
Goethe
Laurence Sterne
Walt Whitman
Emily Dickinson
Theodore Dreiser
Rainer Maria Rilke
James Joyce
William Carlos Williams
Blaise Cendrars
Edith Wharton
Zora Neale Hurston
Jean Toomer
Jean Rhys
William Saroyan
Martha Gelhorn
Muriel Rukeyser
Samuel Beckett
Henry Miller
James Baldwin
Jack Kerouac
Gary Snyder
Frank O'Hara
James Schuyler
John Ashbery
Diane di Prima
Michael McClure
Hubert Selby Jr.
Henry Roth
Joanne Kyger
Bobbie Louise Hawkins
Lee Lally
Ted Berrigan
Joe Brainard
Etheridge Knight
Lorenzo Thomas
Roberto Bolano
Tim Dlugos

Thursday, May 24, 2018

ONCE

I've posted this before, but it's a favorite old photo as it shows me and my entire, living, immediate family on our back porch toward the end of World War Two, yet obviously mostly happy. My father, Jimmy, looking like a film noir character; my brother Tommy in his Army Air Corps uniform (he would later become Father Campion, Franciscan friar, missionary in Japan for almost his entire adult life); my brother Robert (his middle name, first name William); my mother, Irene, holding me; and my brother "Buddy" (real name James, who would shortly join the Navy and be on Okinawa when the final battles were fought); my sisters Joan (in dark coat); and Irene (in light coat). All gone except for Irene and me. But all still very much alive in my heart (despite some times of dissension among us, all healed now).

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

HBO'S FAHRENHEIT 451

Some fine actors doing their best to overcome terrible direction, writing, editing, and art producing (and producing period) and failing. The only thing positive I got out of sitting through this was the satisfaction that I'd read all the books I heard quoted from or mentioned or appearing on camera, and some of the quotes from some of those books. Otherwise not only a mess, but a mess that occasionally seemed to be trying to blame a dystopian anti-intellectual future on the Black Lives Matter and Me Too movements! Ack.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

BARBARA BARG R.I.P.

Barbara Barg was so multi-talented you have to go to her web site (here) to understand just a taste of what that meant. She was so loved by so many, go to my Facebook timeline (open to the public supposedly) to read her dear friend Maggie Dubris's perfect expression of that love. I knew her first as a poet (and musician). So here is an early poem that appeared in Eileen Myles' magazine dodgems in the 1970s:

THE SEVEN STAGES OF ENLIGHTENMENT

Dopey
Sleepy
Grumpy
Sneezy
Happy
Doc &
Bashful

Monday, May 21, 2018

RBG

This is an inspiring documentary because it's about the inspiring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and because it was made almost entirely by women—from directors to cinematographer, producers to editors, etc.—and because it's an important history lesson about how important Supreme Court Justices can be in their lasting impact on almost every aspect of society and gives the lie to the rightwing (and Russian et. al.) instigated misdirection that there's no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans.... just watch this and see the difference between Justices nominated by Republican presidents and those nominated by Democrats. Watch this film even if you think you already know enough about "notorious RBG"—you're in for some surprises...

Saturday, May 19, 2018

NOONDAY MINI-RANT (MY RESPONSE TO A FRIEND'S POST THAT HOMESCHOOLING MIGHT BE THE ANSWER TO THE SCHOOL SHOOTINGS)

hardcore conservatives like sec. of ed. betsy devos et. al. WANT people to abandon public education for home schooling and religious based private schools etc.and they want to take tax money from public education and give it to homeschoolers and private schools to do it....because public education is what helped create the logic and reasoning and evidence-based liberal reforms that led to curbs on corporate and one percenters' greed etc.