Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The New Absence Is Always the Same

That's Kate Bush's new single. After fifteen listenings, better than mkay, not near wow, but never judge an album by the first single. 50 Words for Snow releases November 21. Was recorded during the Director's Cut sessions - and I have multiple issues with Director's Cut - but maybe her new sounds and textures sound better with new material. Regardless (and it might be great, lord, I hope it's great), Kate Bush has one of the two permanent spots in my sillyass desert island five game.


Philip Larkin

The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found   
A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,   
Killed. It had been in the long grass.

I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.   
Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world   
Unmendably. Burial was no help:

Next morning I got up and it did not.
The first day after a death, the new absence   
Is always the same; we should be careful

Of each other, we should be kind   
While there is still time.


  1. "I do hope honest capitalism is possible in America"


    Seriously, just mind-numbingly, incomprehensibly stupid.

  2. Yup! I had meant to use a question mark - fixed now.

  3. From the WaPo:

    Members of the Boston Police Department moved in to dismantle and destroy tents after protesters ignored multiple warnings to move from the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a strip of parks and public spaces where they have been camped out for more than a week, the Boston Globe reports. Members of the media were told to leave and not to film. Patrol wagons were lined up on one side.

    (Emphasis mine)