Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Giant Breathing Cell Exhaling Its Waste

Still have zero desire to play POTUS 12 (much less the next gnashing of motherfucking congressional chicken). I do feel like playing some John Coltrane, who two DJs told me was born 85 years ago yesterday, a song one of them played.

Hey, did you know Washington DC has a professional soccer team?


August Kleinzahler

How much meat moves
Into the city each night
The decks of its bridges tremble
In the liquefaction of sodium light
And the moon a chemical orange

Semitrailers strain their axles
Shivering as they take the long curve
Over warehouses and lofts
The wilderness of streets below
The mesh of it
With Joe on the front stoop smoking
And Louise on the phone with her mother

Out of the haze of industrial meadows
They arrive, numberless
Hauling tons of dead lamb
Bone and flesh and offal
Miles to the ports and channels
Of the city's shimmering membrane
A giant breathing cell
Exhaling its waste
From the stacks by the river
And feeding through the night


  1. Re: Warren - The makeup of her opposition is enough for me to support her. Just as Republican attempts to keep people from voting are enough to make me keep doing it, in spite of the evidence against its effectiveness.

    Oh, and mini-Hred, Charles Lane, put up some horrid dreck cheering the execution of Troy Davis.

    P.S. Sign my petition!

  2. Music's usually good, but good music today. Happy birthday Mr. Coltrane. If I'm in the right mood, which I am sometimes but not always, A Bell Is a Cup is my favorite Wire album, and "Kidney Bingos" is my favorite song on it.

  3. POTUS 12 sounds like a really bad TV sh - nevermind.

    I wonder what the over/under was on which sentence Drum finished typing before he could no longer maintain a straight face.

  4. We'll have no trash-talking on Dr. Warren thankyouverymuch. She hasn't earned it. Besides it has been a while since anybody has said it better.

    "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there—good for you!

    But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.

    Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea—God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."

  5. Hi BDR, thanks for the linky link.

    ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© ,

    your petition is amusing. Can I call you if the?

  6. @Sasha: My wife is already jealous of my crush on her. That video was like political porn.

  7. Jonathan, I go by all sorts of names, including "if". Thus, 'if the' is perfectly fine.