Thursday, May 29, 2014
A Talent for Self-Realization Will Get You Only as Far as the Vacant Lot Next to the Lumber Yard
Iannis Xenakis was born ninety-two years ago today. Play loud.
The Egoslavian birthdayiest month of the year continues. Will continue. There's one last May birthday, an apt Egoslavian High Holy Day day after tomorrow for finishing.
Persepolis one, two, three, four, five, six.
Bohor one, two.
Xenakis here before one, two, three. Can't find the rest.
The Complete Electronic Music of Iannis Xenakis.
LIFE IS A DREAM
A talent for self-realization
will get you only as far as the vacant lot
next to the lumber yard, where they have rollcall.
My name begins with an A,
so is one of the first to be read off.
I am wondering where to stand - could that group of three
or four others be the beginning of the line?
Before I have a chance to find out, a rodent-like
man pushes at my shoulders. "It's that way," he hisses.
"Didn't they teach you anything at school? That a photograph
of anything can be real, or maybe not? The corner of the stove,
a cloud of midges at dusk-time."
I know I'll have a chance to learn more
later on. Waiting is what's called for, meanwhile.
It's true that life can be anything, but certain thinkgs
definitely aren't it. This glove hand,
for instance, that glides
so securely into mine, as though it intends to stay.