She was older than me I guess; summer was invented for her to wear that dress.
I'd never pictured the taking off of that dress quite so explicitly until I read about it in Lumsden's poem. (Another lovely feature of the poem is the striking word "amidkiss"—as in undoing a clasp "amidkiss.")
The Morning After the Night Before* The Captain Friend of the Devil (Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter) Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther (words by A. E. Stallings) Land without Nightingales* Long Enough Alisa's Bridge Tambourine* Penny a Point Rumpus* Gingerbread Blues Turned in Time* (Markus Bachmann / Andrew Shields) Judas Kiss* Pale Horse If I Had Known (Greg Brown) Better Never Than Late*
You Know I Know You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (Bob Dylan)
Many thanks to all the people who came to the concert! It was great to have such an attentive and friendly audience.
Yes, the worst terrorist attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic. Politicians and media organizations wind up such people at their, and our, peril.
If we're going to have laws that define certain crimes as terrorism and hence worthy of more serious punishment, then we should apply them to American terrorists of the right. As Lindsay Beyerstein suggests, Operation Rescue might well be a terrorist organization according to the terms of the Patriot Act and other recent laws:
The feds will probably stop short of investigating Tiller's murder as a terrorist attack. That designation would unleash vast federal powers to investigate large swathes of the radical anti-choice movement and hold accountable anyone who gives them the slightest aid and comfort.The feds are simply not prepared for the political fallout that would ensue if, say, Operation Rescue were officially designated as a terrorist organization.
The thing about privilege is that if you have it, you might not even realize it. It's not something you have to actively seek in order to benefit from--most of the time it just happens. There might not even be any conscious intent on the part of the person extending the privilege--it's just an after-effect of a society where white-maleness has been privileged for so long that it feels natural to both extend and receive it.
Nadia Leonti and Stefan Strittmatter Kuppel, Basel, June 10, 2009
Leonti played a brilliant concert last night at the Kuppel in Basel, celebrating the release of "Everyone/I". Get yourself a copy of this brilliant recording! (Full disclosure: I wrote two of the lyrics.)
New poets on lyrikline recently include the American poet Christian Hawkey. And there are, as usual, many new translations into English for your reading pleasure: Karol Chmel (Slovakia), Mária Ridzoňová Ferenčuhová (Slovakia), Michal Habaj (Slovakia), Katarína Kucbelová (Slovakia), Branko Maleš (Croatia), Sonja Manojlović (Croatia), Sibila Petlevski (Croatia), Adam Pluszka (Poland), Peter Šulej (Slovakia), Gonçalo M. Tavares (Portugal), Torild Wardenær (Norway).
At first, it struck me how young they all look here, even in comparison to the Stop Making Sense movie a few years later. But then I checked their dates on Wikipedia, and they were all in their late twenties even when this was recorded.
Talking Heads: still one of the best bands I have ever seen live!
My friend Don Brown on War and Peace: "What makes Tolstoy the lord of realist fiction is that he knows that what 'everyone' feels is what convention dictates they feel, but that what each individual feels is what their own natures dictate."
I've been looking at War and Peace as my epic for this summer (after the Aeneid last summer), and Don happens to be reading it, too, which definitely makes me much more likely to choose it!
If you're interested in German poetry, please order a book from Urs Engeler Editor, and pass the idea on to anyone you know who is also interested in German poetry. See the announcement on the webpage.
After Rafael Nadal lost at the French Open yesterday, I talked with several people who dismissed Tommy Haas as a potential threat to Roger Federer in their match today. In third set, though, the score was 6-7, 5-7, 3-4, 30-40 on Federer's serve, Haas had a break point to serve for the match, and I was thinking, "See, Haas is a dangerous, canny veteran!"
On that break point, Federer ran around a backhand and drilled a crosscourt forehand, a shot he'd been missing all day—but this one went in, and Federer proceeded to win the next nine games, and then the match in the fifth set: 6-7, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, 6-2.
All I can say is, "Roger, don't do that to me again in the next three rounds!" :-)