Saturday, December 30, 2017

ALL THE KING'S HORSES ~







TIME OF GRATITUDE ~




Heard enough about Russia, this year, have you?

Take a different route and read from the growing opus (thanks to translator Peter France) of the Russian poet and essayist and all-around man of the folk and outdoors Gennady Aygi.

 Born in the small Soviet republic of Chuvashia, Aygi takes us by the arm through fields of poetry and over mud roads and with this modest book of essays to poets that have meant the world to him: Khlebnikov, Kruchoeykh, Mayakovsky, Pasternak, and then to neighboring wonders: Kafka, Transformer, Celan and Rene Char.

New Directions publishers have been keeping the Aygi book cupboard full.



New Directions, 2017




Friday, December 29, 2017

HENCE ~




Hence



sculpted minarets

of clouds gone



hence — or thence?



No dreams

are that well formed.




.




No one can depict



the absolute bracelets

of the orbits



touched upon

by electrons



as feeling dithers

between words




———————————

Rae Armantrout
ENTANGLEMENTS
Wesleyan 2017








Thursday, December 28, 2017

Monday, December 25, 2017

DECEMBER ~










HEY JOE ~









Guitar Shorty's wife, Marcia, was Jimi Hendrix's half-sister.
Listen to Shorty and hear what got Jimi Hendrix behind the guitar.

FREDDIE KING ~











JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES ~







25 MINUTES TO GO ~





TROUBLESOME WATERS ~









SING AWAY ~








AT THE COUNTRY WEDDING ~








At The Country Wedding






They don’t tinkle

Champagne glasses

With their spoons here

And only the old folks

Are sitting down.

A country western group

Has lugged its equipment upstairs,

And later today and into the evening

This young married couple

Will learn the sweet

And rotten joys

From the masters of it —

Dancing fathers and mothers,

Lonesome aunts and yodeling uncles.

But for the moment

Paper plates are heaped with

Homemade ham, biscuits and beans

And all a few people want

Is a kiss,

So tapping on the side

Of a beer bottle with a knife

Quiets the whole grange hall down

Into love.










Pacific





Lovelier —

When the

Bandana from

My pocket is

Worn around

Her neck










Sand Dollar






We’ve waited all year

And traveled all morning

Just arrive like this —

In the very same place

We were a year ago today.

And you are just as beautiful,

Your long skirt blowing in sand,

As we walk for miles along

The edge of the leaving tide

Picking up seashells and stone

That we’ll select more carefully

The longer we are here —

Which is no place with a name,

Except someplace in our heart.

Where that day, unlike any other,

You found excitedly a sand dollar

Washed in during the night,

Left in a tidal pool, and

Kneeling while taking it up,

Placed it home in my hand.









Picture






I remember you

The only person

For miles standing

In the Athabasca River

Because you wanted to

Warm late October day

South of Jasper

Sandals in your hand

White-checkered dress

Just off the roadside

Car waiting and you

Freezing for a moment

In the water melted

Out of the surrounding

Mountains of snow



————————————

BOB ARNOLD
I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012







SLEIGH RIDE ~











SANTA, BABY ~









LET IT SNOW ~








DRIFTING ~







YUELTIDE ~







L o n g h o u s e

s a y s

c h e e r s
! ! !

Sunday, December 24, 2017

SHIP IN THE SKY ~








JIMINY ~






Martin Short





THE SNOWMAN ~











BOB IN ITALY WITH WALTER ~







Where's Walter been for some years now? we wonder —
Just the other day in comes two lovely postcards in an envelope
postmarked from Italy, and from Walter. He's sent a detailed photograph 
from his balcony window of a woodcutter's dooryard, and this card
of one of my poems, English and Italian. So honored.






Saturday, December 23, 2017

WHY WAS I BORN ~





One more derelict-duty you tube posting that was there (honest)
 when I did the posting
but then has disappeared, and it has all the right to do so — 
I'll catch up with more music to make up for the loss, 
including more JC.










UNCOMMON PEOPLE ~











Well chiseled out portraits
from Little Richard
to Prince,
no corners cut —
perhaps the best piece
is on John Lennon



Henry Holt
2017