Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday commute ciii: still paint, turning sill

Many days in the woods he wonders what it is
that he has for so long hunted down. We go hand
in hand, he thinks, into the dark pleasure,
but we are rewarded alone, just as we are married
into aloneness ..
There is light or more light, darkness and less darkness.
It is, he decides, a quality without definition.
Like the arbitrary silence in the white woods,
leaving tracks in the snow he cannot recognize.

Jack Gilbert
Refusing Heaven
  Not the Happiness but
  the Consequence of Happiness
Knopf, 2005©

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

'as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on the screen'

Failing again the other day,
to read my telephone screen
in the sunshine, either with
polarizing lenses or bare-
back, as it were, should I
have resolved then and there
to investigate an app that
would go on recite to me on
call, such content as I may
care to entertain, selected
from the heaps of inputs to
which we're all subjected?

But it would take fuh-evah
to educate an app in all my
preferences; and possibly,
if there's anything worse
than being nannied, it's
being nannied without be-
ing known. Again, however,
if one were to think about
it, a nanny app to read to
me from my nanny device,
could only carry diminish-
ment to diminishing returns,
which I happen to think, ar-
rived 'long about the same
time as the Touch Screen,
and the enthralling dance
of Cover Flow. Where would
go, unlikelihood?

I ran into a fellow who
struck me as conversant in
devices in the sunshine,
but this was no confidant. 
What peach would read his
Prufrock as incompetent?
How assume the spirit our
devices so distrust? A
most disarming greeting,
yet not a feeble posture,
the genuine condition?

T.S. Eliot
  of  J. Alfred Prufrock

Monday, February 24, 2014

Spare us the rapture for Ukraine

No time is so tricky for any peoples of the world, that the American Right Wing will not condemn an American gov-ernment which does not extend a com-plicating hand. Thus the other day, the Right's senior prince of posture and pusillanimity flexed his perfor-ated nostrils that the nation lacks a nitwit capable of Reaganesque rattling of play sabers, to tweak the head of one nation to exploit the misery of another. I didn't listen because I didn't have to, at how the Murdoch network lent its droolers' chorus to the rousing of Right thinking in our exploited class. Voltaire said, in such a pinch we would have invented God. He hadn't imagined Mark Twain.

Times are hard in Ukraine. The novelty of this condition escapes us all, but the opportunity for mischief is not to be dismissed on grounds of futility. Already the IMF, Odyssean genius for infiltration that it is, has promised gobs of technical assistance and dreamy luscious lucre - only not with-out appropriate reforms, need they say. With such reforms, many a free people has been bent to the capital wheel; and who knows when we shall see Greeks again? Not to be outdone, the American government has said, whatever the IMF will do, it will do gladly. Tories have the best of both worlds: a complaisant American government, to blame when their policies fail.