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Emerson,Raymond Carver & Theodore Rothke – American Originals

May 25th, 2016
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    Ralph Waldo Emerson -b. May 25, 1803

    1) When asked to sum up his work, he said his central doctrine was “the infinitude of the private man.” Emerson is also well known as a mentor and friend of fellow Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau (via wiki )
    Walt Whitman sent a copy of Leaves of Grass to Emerson.
    Emerson was strongly influenced by the Vedas, and much of his writing has strong shades of nondualism. One of the clearest examples of this can be found in his essay “The Over-soul”:

    Quotes by Emerson

    Children are all foreigners.

    Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.

    Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

    Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

    Emerson tweets
    – What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think
    – I can find my biography in every fable.

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    Raymond Carver -b. May 25, 1938

  • Prose as Architecture: two interviews with Raymond Carver

    Suppose I say summer,
    write the word “hummingbird,”
    put it in an envelope,
    take it down the hill
    to the box. When you open
    my letter you will recall
    those days and how much,
    just how much, I love you.
    Raymond Carver

    Dreams Are What We Wake Up From, directed by Daisy Goodwin. (Youtube)

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    b. May 25, 1908
    photo by Imogen Cunningham, 1959

    MY PAPA’S WALTZ

    The whiskey on your breath
    Could make a small boy dizzy;
    But I hung on like death:
    Such waltzing was not easy.

    We romped until the pans
    Slid from the kitchen shelf;
    My mother’s countenance
    Could not unfrown itself.

    The hand that held my wrist
    Was battered on one knuckle;
    At every step you missed
    My right ear scraped a buckle.

    You beat time on my head
    With a palm caked hard by dirt,
    Then waltzed me off to bed
    Still clinging to your shirt.

  • 5 Poems by Rothke on youtube here.

  • Robert Creeley – Two Poems & Two Photos – May 21, 2016

    May 21st, 2016
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    Robert Creeley (Photo by Jonathan Williams)

  • I know a man

    by Robert Creeley

    As I sd to my
    friend, because I am
    always talking,—John, I

    sd, which was not his
    name, the darkness sur-
    rounds us, what

    can we do against
    it, or else, shall we &
    why not, buy a goddamn big car,

    drive, he sd, for
    christ’s sake, look
    out where yr going.

    Poem via

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    Ginsberg, Anne Wildman and Robert Creeley.

  • Anne Wildman she has multiplied – number song.

  • America
    by Robert Creeley

    America, you ode for reality!
    Give back the people you took.

    Let the sun shine again
    on the four corners of the world

    you thought of first but do not
    own, or keep like a convenience.

    People are your own word, you
    invented that locus and term.

    Here, you said and say, is
    where we are. Give back

    what we are, these people you made,
    us, and nowhere but you to be.

    “America” Creeley’s poem serves to highlight the inconsistent attitude of America. Too often the nation is caught up in world affairs rather than addressing the issues at home.” via

    Daniel Berrigan, Poet, Jesuit Priest, Peace Activist Dies at 94

    May 1st, 2016
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    (DANIEL REV.BERRIGAN read two poems at . meeting In the Immaculate Conception Churchmen, then warned that the United States Is “being governed by wounded leaden.)

    Daniel Berrigan, Poet,Jesuit Priest, Peace Activist Dies at 94.
    NYtimes obit

    Daniel Berrigan (wiki)

    Protest against the Vietnam war..Berrigan, his brother Josephite priest Philip Berrigan, and Trappist monk Thomas Merton founded an interfaith coalition against the Vietnam War, and wrote letters to major newspapers arguing for an end to the war. In 1967, Daniel and Phillip were arrested for pouring blood on draft records as part of the Baltimore Four. Phillip was sentenced to six years in prison for defacing government property. This, and his belief that his support of prisoners of war during the war was not acknowledged and appreciated, further radicalized Berrigan against the United States government.

    Berrigan traveled to Hanoi with Howard Zinn during the Tet Offensive in January 1968 to “receive” three American airmen, the first American POWs released by the North Vietnamese since the U.S. bombing of that nation had begun.

  • The Church should be making art not just cover bands.

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    Father Berrigan said that coaching the film’s stars, Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, on their roles as priests had been like working on two different planets. Irons plays the head of the mission and De Niro portrays an ex- mercenary and slave trader who becomes a priest.

    “Irons is more of a method actor,” said Father Berrigan. “He wanted to get inside the thinking of a Jesuit. I told him the only thing to do was to fast. He and I spent a day without food or water, and Irons frequently went off my himself to meditate.

    “De Niro is a natural genius. All he wanted to do was question me for hours about being a priest.”

    via Philly.com.

    He also had a way of popping up in the wider culture: as the “radical priest” in Paul Simon’s song “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”; as inspiration for the character Father Corrigan in Colum McCann’s 2009 novel, “Let the Great World Spin.” He even had a small movie role, appearing as a Jesuit priest in “The Mission” in 1989.

    Looking Back In Gratitude

    On my return to America House after the interview, I looked up the poem in the June 13, 1942, issue; it is called “Storm-Song,” an ode to the Virgin Mary. A decade or so later, an editor at Macmillan who had heard about Berrigan’s poetry asked him for a collection of his poems. He told Berrigan that he would give it to the “toughest reader” at Macmillan; and if the report was good, “we’ll publish it.” That reader turned out to be Marianne Moore, a highly regarded poet, who gave the manuscript a glowing report. It led to the publication in 1953 of Berrigan’s first book of poetry, Time Without Number, which won the Lamont Poetry Prize in 1957.

    Sparrow Improptu in Portland and Hilarious Falcon Flying from Bosnia to Syria – War and Peace, Spring of 2016

    March 26th, 2016
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    Sparrow transformed to a dove sitting on top of Saguaro. (Photo by Fung Lin Hall).

    This one bird to Sanders transformed the politics, World Peace Political revolution and Sparrow.

  • Coming to play with me orphan Sparrow…..Issa ‘s haiku translated by Robert Hass.. the orphan Sparrow came to play with our compassionate candidate Bernie Sanders.. what a treat for the world and we all pray for world peace.
    John Stewart called him “Bird”.

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  • Chapter I – the War Candidate – a nostalgia trip to Bosnia

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    Hillary was in Bosnia.. (Digital collage by Fung Lin Hall)

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  • Chapter II -the Peace Candidate

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    Peacock from Prague photo by Fung-Lin Hall 1996
    Valdstejnska zahrada – Mala Strana – Prague

    Vaclav Havel Peacock from Prague is saying hello to Birdy Sanders. We had Velvet Revolution.. I welcome Birdy Revolution for world peace.

    Havel

  • Martin Buber. I and thou.

    “The real struggle is not between East and West, or capitalism and communism, but between education and propaganda.”
    ― Martin Buber

    “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
    ― Martin Buber

  • See more Birds photos by Fung Lin Hall (Facebook)

  • Happy International Women’s day – March 8, 2016 – She has Multiplied, Poem by Ann Waldman + Cinema Stills

    March 8th, 2016
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  • (Yumi Shirakawa, Hideko Takamine, Yoko Minamida, Misako Uji and Yumiko Hasegawa visiting Elvis.)

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    Catherine Deneuve and Linh Dan Pham dancing tango from Indochine.

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    In Bloom – two young girls growing up in Tbilisi – a debut film by woman director from Georgia when it was ruled under Russia.

  • Meet Nikki Giovanni - Poet & Scholar.. (She is so cool).

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    Charulatta – Satyajit Ray

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    Ann Waldman – Number Song -She Has Multiplied
    I’ve multiplied, I’m 2.
    He was part of me
    he came out of me,
    he took a part of me
    He took me apart.
    I’m 2, he’s my art,
    no, he’s separate.
    He art one. I’m not
    done & I’m still one.
    I sing of my son. I’ve
    multiplied. My heart’s
    in 2, half to him & half
    to you,
    who are also a part
    of him, & you & he
    & I make trio of
    kind congruity.

    N U M B E R
    S O N G

    Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau, Louis Malle filmed Zazie with Philippe Noiret

    November 23rd, 2015
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    Zazie In the Metro

    Louis Malle passed away on Nov 23, 1995

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    Philippe Noiret passed away on Nov 23, 2006
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    Exercises in Style

    Poem by Raymond Queneau

    Rue Galilée
    Why has no one ever sung the rue Galilee
    rue Galilée full of dahlias
    rue Galilée full of hydrangeas
    rue Galilée with noble pediments
    rue Galilée loved by pedestrians
    rue Galilée lined with canals
    rue Galilée adored by cars
    rue Galilée terrible beauty
    rue Galilée which is really she
    whom I must sing
    in prose and in verse
    to all the Universe
    rue Croix-Nivert
    translated by Rachel Galvin

    James Broughton – Seeing the Light

    November 10th, 2015
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    Portrait of James Broughton (via)

    Bunuel has Catholic zen. Dryer has Protestant zen.
    Stravinsky has Russian zen. Eisenstein almost lost his.
    Precise spontaneity is the only way of hitting the target.
    When you know how to be where you are and to do what you do, you can take any risk.
    Order does not interfere with freedom, as Bach proved.
    Bach makes all kinds of freedom live together harmoniously.

    James Broughton
    (Seeing the Light – page 48)

  • Poet, Memoirist, Playwright, Film maker - James Broughton (wiki)
    (November 10, 1913 – May 17, 1999) was an American poet and poetic filmmaker. He was part of the San Francisco Renaissance, a precursor to the Beat poets.

  • He briefly lived with the film critic Pauline Kael and they had a daughter, Gina, who was born in 1948

  • Ubu Roi – Pataphysical Life of Alfred Jarry

    September 8th, 2015
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    Ubu Roi

    It is considered a wild, bizarre and comic play, significant for the way it overturns cultural rules, norms, and conventions. For those who were in the audience on that night to witness the response, including William Butler Yeats, it seemed an event of revolutionary importance. It is now seen by some to have opened the door for what became known as modernism in the twentieth century. It is a precursor to Dada, Surrealism and Theatre of the Absurd. It is the first of three stylised burlesques in which Jarry satirises power, greed, and their evil practices—in particular the propensity of the complacent bourgeoisie to abuse the authority engendered by success.

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    Alfred Jarry
    Born 8 September 1873
    Laval, Mayenne, France
    Died 1 November 1907 (aged 34)
    Paris, France

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    Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life by Alastair Brotchie – review

    Both Burroughs and Ballard were inspired by him, he had a profound influence on the British authors associated with New Worlds magazine, and was admired by artists from Duchamp to Paolozzi as well as any number of playwrights, including Artaud, Beckett and Ionesco. His posthumous Exploits and Opinions of Dr Faustroll, Pataphysician has been cited several of today’s most innovative authors. This fine biography, written with loving honesty by Alastair Brotchie, is the best to date.

    The Fiction duo (J.G. Ballard and Alfred Jarry)

    Raymond Queneau, Jean Genet, Eugène Ionesco, Boris Vian were Pataphysics followers.


  • Jarry’s Bike (previous post)

    Alfred Jarry was played by an actress, Annette Robertson in Always on Sunday (a film by Ken Russell on Henri Rousseau’s bio pic)

  • John Cage, Silence, Time Lapse and Vexations

    September 5th, 2015
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  • Silence (repost) Time Lapse

  • Stones by John Cage
    John Cage (image source)

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    Vexations - Satie and John Cage

    Blaise Cendrars, Kuniyoshi, V. Gassman – Overlooked Masters Who Were Born on Sept 1

    September 1st, 2015
  • ‘What a writer learns from Cendrars is to follow his nose, to obey life’s commands, to worship no other god but life.’ – Henry Miller

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    Blaise Cendrars : September 1, 1887

    Blaise Cendrars was born Frédéric Louis Sauser
    Cendrars… the name he chose was a mix of cendres, ashes, and ars, or art.

    “I am haunted by no phantoms. It is rather that the ashes I stir up contain the crystallization that hold the image (reduced or synthetic) of the living and impure beings that they constituted before the intervention of the fire. If life has a meaning, this image (from the beyond?) has perhaps some significance. That is what I should like to know. And it is why I write.”(BLAISE CENDRARS [the greatest poetic spirit of the 20th century] )

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    Yasuo Kuniyoshi 1 September 1893

    Yasuo Kuniyoshi A Modernist often overlooked gets a Smithsonian Retrospective (see many images here)

    Kuniyoshi portrait by Arnold Newman

  • Vittorio Gassman was Il Mattatore
    Al Pacino’s Scent of a woman was a remake.. Vittorio played first. His early film Mambo was a hit..he did some Hollywood films. . Vittorio seduced Audrey (War & Peace) and played opposite Elizabeth Taylor, married Shelley Winters.. had a daughter. Gassman played an Italian Patriarch in The Family.

    Vittorio Gassman recites Cesar Pavese - Death Will Come With Your Eyes

    Vittorio Gassman 1 September 1922

    A Story – A Poem by Li-Young Lee

    August 19th, 2015
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  • Happy birthday Li-Young Lee

    He was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Chinese parents.
    Lee’s father, who was a personal physician to Mao Zedong while in China, relocated his family to Indonesia, where he helped found Gamaliel University. His father was exiled and spent 19 months in an Indonesian prison camp in Macau. In 1959 the Lee family fled the country to escape anti-Chinese sentiment and after a five-year trek through Hong Kong and Japan, they settled in the United States in 1964.

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    Hikari Oe (Kenzaburo Oe’s composer son who was born with autism)

    A Story – Poem by Li-Young Lee

    Sad is the man who is asked for a story
    and can’t come up with one.

    His five-year-old son waits in his lap.
    Not the same story, Baba. A new one.
    The man rubs his chin, scratches his ear.

    In a room full of books in a world
    of stories, he can recall
    not one, and soon, he thinks, the boy
    will give up on his father.

    Already the man lives far ahead, he sees
    the day this boy will go. Don’t go!
    Hear the alligator story! The angel story once more!
    You love the spider story. You laugh at the spider.
    Let me tell it!

    But the boy is packing his shirts,
    he is looking for his keys. Are you a god,
    the man screams, that I sit mute before you?
    Am I a god that I should never disappoint?

    But the boy is here. Please, Baba, a story?
    It is an emotional rather than logical equation,
    an earthly rather than heavenly one,
    which posits that a boy’s supplications
    and a father’s love add up to silence.
    Li-Young Lee

    Pablo Neruda – The Artichoke with a Tender Heart

    July 12th, 2015

    The artichoke
    With a tender heart
    Dressed up like a warrior…
    — Pablo Neruda, An Ode To An Artichoke

    Born: July 12, 1904, Parral, Chile

    “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” Pablo Neruda

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    Poetry foundation

    Veinte poemas also brought the author notoriety due to its explicit celebration of sexuality, and, as Robert Clemens remarked in the Saturday Review, “established him at the outset as a frank, sensuous spokesman for love.” While other Latin American poets of the time used sexually explicit imagery, Neruda was the first to win popular acceptance for his presentation. Mixing memories of his love affairs with memories of the wilderness of southern Chile, he creates a poetic sequence that not only describes a physical liaison, but also evokes the sense of displacement that Neruda felt in leaving the wilderness for the city.

    The art of poetry Pablo Neruda (interview)

    INTERVIEWER

    Did you choose “Neruda” because of the Czech poet Jan Neruda?

    NERUDA

    I’d read a short story of his. I’ve never read his poetry, but he has a book entitled Stories from Malá Strana about the humble people of that neighborhood in Prague. It is possible that my new name came from there. As I say, the whole matter is so far back in my memory that I don’t recall. Nevertheless, the Czechs think of me as one of them, as part of their nation, and I’ve had a very friendly connection with them.

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    Philippe Noiret as Pablo Neruda from Il Postino

  • Pablo Neruda Chile’s Greatest Poet, murdered by Pinochet?

    Neruda, famed for his passionate love poems and staunch communist views, is presumed to have died from prostate cancer just days after the 1973 coup that ushered in the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

    “There is initial evidence that he was poisoned and in that sense the signs point to the intervention of specific agents … that could constitute a crime against humanity,” Francisco Ugas, the head of the government’s humans rights department, said on Wednesday.

    The poet’s chauffeur has said Gen Pinochet’s agents took advantage of Neruda’s illness to inject poison into his stomach while he was bedridden at the Santa Maria clinic in Santiago.

  • See Pablo Neruda illustrations. Artists on Pablo Neruda