"What a loss, loss, loss, loss it is
to remain sober among the intoxicated and the unconscious. "
Beautiful! Very interesting post.
This talk of poetry between us inspired me to post about the Persian poet Rûmî on my Basenotes blog here.
Ahahaha, how can you resist him? Those poems are fantastic.
I'm just a student right now and have always been a poetry lover, but calling myself a poet might be a bit presumptuous...
I do occasionally write for class or when the mood strikes me, but usually it is either lighthearted or deeply emotional-- so I only write in extreme cases or in times of dire boredom.
IF YOU in the village think that my work was a good one,
Who closed the saloons and stopped all playing at cards,
And haled old Daisy Fraser before Justice Arnett,
In many a crusade to purge the people of sin;
Why do you let the milliner's daughter Dora,
And the worthless son of Benjamin Pantier
Nightly make my grave their unholy pillow?
—Edgar Lee Masters "A. D. Blood"
I read some of them years ago. It's been a while since I've looked at any of them. I'll have to see where they can be read online. Edgar Lee Masters's curious conceit was to have the dead eulogize each other. It must have been quite a shock to the 1915 reading public! Are you a poet yourself, or just a poetry reader?
Oh, BTW, I guess we're friends now. Where's the champagne?
I do not know e e cummings very well, but I must check him out now-- what a fantastic poem!
Have you read the Spoon River Anthology?
Yes, I loved Williams's poems back in my own English lit days. I saw your reference and looked the poem up online. I used to have a book of them around here somewhere, among the piles... I'm also a huge fan of e e cummings. Do you know his poems? If not, they're definitely worth checking out.
Here's a fvorite e e cummings of mine:
let it go - the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise - let it go it
was sworn to
let them go - the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers - you must let them go they
let all go - the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things - let all go
so comes love
~ e. e. cummings ~
Aha! William Carlos Williams must be popular on Basenotes .
One of my *new* favorite poems! We were studying its connection to Hemingway in my english class the other day, and then I stumbled upon Saxifrage's name. I love the subtlety of the poem-- it says so little but manages to speak volumes. Are you familiar with the poem?
"Let the snake wait under
and the writing
be of words, slow and quick, sharp
to strike, quiet to wait,
-- through metaphor to reconcile
the people and the stones.
Compose. (No ideas
but in things) Invent!
Saxifrage is my flower that splits