Sunday, February 18, 2018

III ~












I have followed this musician's career from the start and on the bright-side: this is the father of Rufus and Martha and equally sweet singer Lucy; also Loudon Wainwright and Leonard Cohen were related (Rufus had a daughter, Viva, with Lorca Cohen) and LW can still play, from time to time, a fine, nimble talkin' folk-blues of his own mode. 
Otherwise, the book's storyteller is a wiggler on the edge of irksome.





Saturday, February 17, 2018

DENIS JOHNSON ~




Denis Johnson (1983)






Everything Denis Johnson wrote and published was well written. Everything.
None of it was as strong and original and potent as his short and vivid Jesus' Son, but it was still very good, and you weren't going to do wrong, or waste your time. That includes his new book of stories
(and last book) The Largesse of the Sea Maiden. Again, don't go expecting Jesus' Son, it isn't there, try as he might. Every writer wants to top his best book. Denis Johnson is now dead. He left us a small library to read — nine novels, one novella, two books of short stories, five collections of poetry, two collections of plays, and one book of reportage, Seek: Reports from the edges of America & Beyond that should be really hunted down and read. I happen to like, and I read each of his books as they appeared over time, his poetry, Jesus' Son (naturally), his little crime caper Nobody Move and Train Dreams. The other books were fine books but the ones I mention were Denis Johnson as played by John Garfield.
I always think of John Garfield when I read Denis Johnson.

[ BA ]




Random House 2018







Friday, February 16, 2018

BLIND WILLIE MCTELL ~








ONE LESS BELL TO ANSWER ~








sorry, another dud — not every apple on the tree. . .



WHY BOB DYLAN MATTERS ~





Bland title, one great photograph (the cover), handy size volume,
and all written by a senior professor of Latin at Harvard University
where ages ago Dylan curled up in the grass with guitars and Eric Von Schmidt.
The reading won't hurt you.
In fact, it will help you grow!





Dey St. / Morrow
2017





Thursday, February 15, 2018

PABLO NERUDA (SONG) ~







TRAVEL PICTURES ~






“There was still a unity in the world and there were complete poets."
And Heine was one of them in more ways than one.
(1797-1856)





Archipelago Books





TINY ISLAND ~












Tuesday, February 13, 2018

ELLEN BASS ~







Prayer


Once I wore a dress liquid as vodka.

My lover watched me ascend

from the subway

like I was an underground spring

breaking through.

I want to stop wanting to be wanted like that.

I'm tired of the song the rain sings in June,

the earth, her ornate crown of trees

spiking up from her loamy head.

There are things I wanted, like everyone.

But to this angel of wishes I've worshiped

so long, I ask now to admit

the world as it is.


————————
ELLEN BASS
Like a Beggar
Copper Canyon Press, 2014





Oddly, Copper Canyon Press claims Like A Beggar is the poet's third book of poetry,
neglecting to note her first book of poetry — one that I fell for at the time — 
I'm Not Your Laughing Daughter (Univ. Mass. Press, 1973). Find that neglected book.






Monday, February 12, 2018

END OF STORY ~









5 Year Old Logic On A Winter Night





Under quilts he

says he is too hot



folding down the bed to

a sheet & one blanket



he looks up & says

he is too cold








End Of Story





Looking out at the hillside

Across the river and over the

Trees from our home Carson asks —

Did we climb that mountain?



I say, No, but mommy and I did.



Nodding, he decides, Oh yeah,

We climbed that before I was born.






Childhood






jumping

to look

into a

mirror






Off To School






except for

his base-

ball cap I

could kiss

him easily


————————————

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