Monday Musings

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October (section I)
Is it winter again, is it cold again,
didn’t Frank just slip on the ice,
didn’t he heal, weren’t the spring seeds planted
didn’t the night end,
didn’t the melting ice
flood the narrow gutters
wasn’t my body
rescued, wasn’t it safe
didn’t the scar form, invisible
above the injury
terror and cold,
didn’t they just end, wasn’t the back garden
harrowed and planted–
I remember how the earth felt, red and dense,
in stiff rows, weren’t the seeds planted,
didn’t vines climb the south wall
I can’t hear your voice
for the wind’s cries, whistling over the bare ground
I no longer care
what sound it makes
when was I silenced, when did it first seem
pointless to describe that sound
what it sounds like can’t change what it is–
didn’t the night end, wasn’t the earth
safe when it was planted
didn’t we plant the seeds,
weren’t we necessary to the earth,
the vines, were they harvested?

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Louise Glück

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RETRACTION

The Sarah Palin banned book list is false. I was a tad suspicious of it considering that the books were all highly targeted on other, genuine “banned lists.” If you type Sarah Palin and banned book list into google, you can find all the particulars. Snopes.com also has a post about it.
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Agatha Christie on tape.

Is it wrong to be disturbed by the fact that the current number one best seller in hard cover non-fiction is Stori Telling by Tori Spelling? Not only is the rhyming terrible but notice how she spelled “stori.” Yikes!

As a bright spot, D. Sedaris’s When You Are Engulfed in Flames is #4 after Obama Nation. Sigh…

It appears that poets are beginning to follow celebrities in that they are branching out into other mediums and talents. This isn’t anything new but I have to say that these collages are pretty neat.

Here are some of my favorites courtesy of the NY Times:


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