Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bamgier to Zanesville to Wheeling to Washington to Morgantown to Cumberland to Hancock to Hagerstown to Frederick to Kensington

If statcounters are to be trusted (if I trusted myself I'd disable statcounters), these personal posts are less read than when I yodel about less-shittyism (or whatever hot topic it was when posted one of these in the past). Guess which I enjoy writing more and think are the better and know are my favorites. The above photo is at a metal shop buying sheets and beams and rods to sculpt a cow (as was the header last night, didya see? back tonight), the below

in a Loews where we bought wood and paint to sculpt a cow. Have some of tomorrow's planned music for the long drive home plus an extra Steven's poem which I'd c/ped for another motherfucking yodel on less-shittyism and how everybody sucks (yes me as most as you), fuck that, post gone, poem here.



Wallace Stevens

She sang beyond the genius of the sea.
The water never formed to mind or voice,
Like a body wholly body, fluttering
Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion
Made constant cry, caused constantly a cry,
That was not ours although we understood,
Inhuman, of the veritable ocean.

The sea was not a mask.  No more was she.
The song and water were not medleyed sound
Even if what she sang was what she heard.
Since what she sang was uttered word by word.
It may be that in all her phrases stirred
The grinding water and the gasping wind;
But it was she and not the sea we heard.

For she was the maker of the song she sang.
The ever-hooded, tragic-gestured sea
Was merely a place by which she walked to sing.
Whose spirit is this?  we said, because we knew
It was the spirit that we sought and knew
That we should ask this often as she sang.

If it was only the dark voice of the sea
That rose, or even colored by many waves;
If it was only the outer voice of sky
And cloud, of the sunken coral water-walled,
However clear, it would have been deep air,
The heaving speech of air, a summer sound
Repeated in a summer without end
And sound alone.  But it was more than that,
More even than her voice, and ours, among
The meaningless plungings of water and the wind,
Theatrical distances, bronze shadows heaped
On high horizons, mountainous atmospheres
Of sky and sea.
                      It was her voice that made
The sky acutest at its vanishing.
She measured to the hour its solitude.
She was the single artificer of the world
In which she sang.  And when she sang, the sea,
Whatever self it had, became the self
That was her song, for she was the maker.  Then we,
As we beheld her striding there alone,
Knew that there never was a world for her
Except the one she sang and, singing, made.

Ramon Fernandez, tell me, if you know,
Why, when the singing ended and we turned
Toward the town, tell why the glassy lights,
The lights in the fishing boats at anchor there,
As night descended, tilting in the air,
Mastered the night and portioned out the sea,
Fixing emblazoned zones and fiery poles,
Arranging, deepening, enchanting night.

Oh!  Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon,
The maker's rage to order words of the sea,
Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred,
And of ourselves and of our origins,
In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds.


  1. I took a sculpture class and remember having to buy all that wood and metal, not having any clue how to make it look cool and so intimidated by being 19 and turned loose with power tools, and wish I could go back now with a better artistic vision. There was this huge warehouse full of scrap metal in Akron that was incredible in its randomness.

    I hope she's doing some cool stuff though. I didn't stay an art major for long since I wasn't quite good at that.

  2. Yodelayheehoo. Milk & honey, or Fourth Reich, all I know is that the current pretzeldent is going to fuck our less-than-fair burg up on Friday, so, more poems.