Saturday, March 2, 2013

.. a song new like rain

   It gets more and more simplistic:
   Good and bad, evil and bad;
      what else do we know?

But there was that train of thought
That satisfied one nicely: how one was going to climb down
Out of here, hopefully
To arrive on a perfectly flat spit of sand
Level with the water.

  But for all you I 
  Have neglected, ignored,
  Not been that friend that is     approaching,
  I ask forgiveness, a song new     like rain.
  Please sing it to me.

John Ashbery
April Galleons
  Posture of Unease
Collected Poems,
op. cit.

Winchimes Cypress Point
22 December 2012,
arriving late March

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Qu'est-ce qu'un connoisseur?

     There is a film of dust
            on the lucid morning ..
     Flavors that keep us from
            caring too long.

John Ashbery
April Galleons
  Posture of Unease
Collected Poems
op. cit.

I feel this belongs
to Valéry Lorenzo.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

In his own music, Britten

    The centenary of
    England's great-
    est composer af-
    ter Purcell will
    bring fine music
    forward to a new
    time, and infor-
    mation of sorrow.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Reform in postal servitude

    In the United States,
    there is talk of giv-
    ing our letter carri-
    ers Saturday off. But
    wholesome habits only
    find a new expression
    in the spirit of fine