Monday, August 12, 2013

And in Places It Seems That a Large, Now Absent, Animal Must Have Passed the Night


Jane Kenyon

The grasses in the field have toppled,
and in places it seems that a large, now
absent, animal must have passed the night.
The hay will right itself if the day

turns dry. I miss you steadily, painfully.
None of your blustering entrances
or exits, doors swinging wildly
on their hinges, or your huge unconscious
sighs when you read something sad,
like Henry Adams’s letters from Japan,
where he traveled after Clover died.

Everything blooming bows down in the rain:
white irises, red peonies; and the poppies
with their black and secret centers
lie shattered on the lawn.


  1. of slug .. on a quic',the new.. clash .. .

  2. the harry nilsson song i wanted to hear again right now was "the most beautiful world in the world" - that ringo saying "goodbye harry" at the end

  3. Dude's gonna look as awesome in 40 years as Nixon does now, all thanks to head-in-a-jar technology.

  4. Saw Sun Ra on my first ever trip to NYC in or about 1984. Somewhere down in Alphabet City, b/w Aves C & D maybe. Way before it got gentrified/hipsterized. With Wisdoc who was then far from my fiance and whom I'd come from Philly to visit to see if we wanted to keep the thing that started a few months earlier going. Also, saw him/them on SNL at some point early on when it wasn't a forum curated by Justin Timberlake or some such.

    Not sure 'incrementalism' is the word. [implies success in a given direction; an American footyball territorial conquest] 'Process' is. Or at least is closer. The end of process is never. It just is. Right/left eddying is in medias res, part of the flow [of the game]. Endlessly frustrating, especially for the impatient [especially when the other team is controlling the flow of play].

    I will agree: Obama, from all indications, is weaker than Cheney at imposing his will on the bureaucratic institutions which report to him—or to his appointees. At manipulating the process.

    At times I get the sense he's overwhelmed by the Congressional and insider/entrenched bureaucratic push back and unsure how to proceed. Over his head. But that doesn't mean I'm not pulling for him.

    On a positive note: my cable co. for some reason just unlocked Fox Soccer Channel! Just in time for the EPL to begin on NBC sports networks (which I already have). Still, no more Sunday talking heads shows! Bobblespeak translations only for me from now on.

  5. So your house will be empty tomorrow and Thursday?

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    1. Nah, you can say hello to Romeo, our neighbor's African Ridgeback, who's keeping the cats company.