Tuesday, August 16, 2011

MC ESCHER


http://www.mcescher.com/


BROKE


The other night I stayed up late listening to music. I started listening to Modest Mouse, something I hadn't listened to in a long time. I remembered that I used to own this 7" with an amazing song on it. I remembered the cover image and I remembered that the song had a crescendo-ing structure and that it was depressing, in the best way. I could not for the life of me remember what the song was called. Today I 'googled' "Modest Mouse 7 inches" and found it immediately.

This song reminds me of living in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Apart from that, I think its great.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=72h5g66mMZ8



Resist Psychic Death - Bikini Kill

CANT GET THIS SONG OUTTA MY HEAD
RESIST PSYCHIC DEATH BY BIKINI KILL
Your world not mine Your world not ours
Your world not mine Your world not ours
I will resist with every inch and every breath
I will resist this psychic death
I will resist with every inch and every breath
I will resist this psychic death
There's more than two ways of thinking
There's more than one way of knowing
There's more than two ways of being
There's more than one way of going somewhere
Silence inside of me silence inside
Silence inside of me silence inside
Silence inside of me silence inside
Silence inside of me silence inside
I will resist with every inch and every breath
I will resist this psychic death


www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W_LAKG_934


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Philip Levine: the new US Poet Laureate

"Fact is, silence is the perfect water:
unlike rain it falls from no clouds
to wash our minds, to ease our tired eyes,
to give heart to the thin blades of grass
fighting through the concrete for even air
dirtied by our endless stream of words."

- from “He Would Never Use One Word Where None Would Do” 1999

About writing poetry when not working the night shift, Levine has written:

"I believed even then that if I could transform my experience into poetry I would give it the value and dignity it did not begin to possess on its own. I thought too that if I could write about it I could come to understand it; I believed that if I could understand my life—or at least the part my work played in it—I could embrace it with some degree of joy, an element conspicuously missing from my life."

SOURCES:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/10/books/philip-levine-is-to-be-us-poet-laureate.html?_r=1
http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/19

Congratulations, Mr. Levine, you have done well.