new old kid on the blog,
with an occasional
old or new poem written off
the old writer's block
Nice. And crazy, but who am I to talk.In my first wobbly foray out of the field hospital in a week -- 2:30 a.m., only time I dare the streets any more -- I encountered a rustling spectre in a pear tree.A mature male California Mule Deer, with fully developed, noble rack of horns.And I said: Hello.And he... vamoosed into the night.
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The deleted comment was "Psalm" by George Oppen but the stanzas were skewered by Google; thankfully, the deer are still out there if you "google" you-know-what.
I guess google automatically left-justiies ..... everything ? Pity. "Psalm" is an important poem... Oppen an important poet....that entire Manhattan group of friends... a solid plinth for us to leap out frommaybe, even, as the deer leaps leap ?--could have posted the poem in a format that google wldn't recognize and cldn't mess with ? like:"The small nouns/Crying faith/In this which the wild deer/Startle, and stare out."close this way but, yet "no cigar ?If ONLY I had read Rakos'si AND Oppen's prior to my dropping out in 1975... besides ALL of WCW and a little of Ted Enslin (who came late to that group) things might have been....as it turned out I discovered Oppen and Rakosi around 1998. Connected with Carl Rakosi via a cpl of letters in 2000 (sent him a copy of my 1974 The City & some drawings & Nine Perfect Ensos)and also visited Ted in 2000that cluster "in this which" just might 'open' the door to a poets entire boddhi of works written ?sure is nice to return to and re:visit "stuff" in the quiet of this (mostly) solitude and isolation... if ONLYto quiete this "too busy mind"
BOY ! I sure am sloppy with my sentences... leaves my "self" lots of editing to do when I get too old to give a shit about The Crowd?
“Psalm” indeed a wonderful poem as is the body of Oppen’s work; these Objectivist “guys” (who were later to be (mis)appropriated by the LangPo Gang were virtual non-entities to the English lit program at the UW back in the late 60s, early 70s so I also came to them rather too late, I’m afraid, around the beginning of the 80s. BTW, speaking of Oppen and Rakosi, a few years back, a former student of mine who was then working for the small Greek publishing firm of Gavrielidis, asked me to suggest some books by poets for a series of translations he was overseeing and I came back with Oppen’s “Of Being Numerous” and Rakosi’s “Amulet.” –Oppen’s book came out two years ago and Carl’s is due any time--first time ever in Greek for these guys. Neat, eh?