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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 10:15 AM
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The RetroLounge Daily Poem Thread (Sat 12/27/2008)
Dial H for Hero

Once Picasso told meon an afternoon of bitter, busy snow
in light so confident, so boastful of its home
in the sun, youd think we would be sweltering,
and so his observation made sensethat everything
and everyone is as faceted as a cubist day at the beach.
That was the same light Einstein lifted for me
is a lesbian barwe werent lesbian, neither of us,
but, after all, we were facetedand in his hand it appeared
as compact as an apple: indeed, he pared it
using his teeth alone, in a single sinuous spiral
of golden rind, and everybody applauded
as if we were the stage show. No, thats wrong, its points,
not facets, said Seurat, its all confetti of light (the trouble
with friends of geniusthose advance scouts
of the mind and the spirit
is vision, like these two, in collision) and then, by way
of exemplification, he dipped his right forefinger daintily
into the oceanwe were at the beach, at duskand
when he removed it and lifted it up to my inspection, there
in the center of his fingerprint, like some mythic creature
waiting at the center of the maze, was a single
aglow confetto, acting as a nexus for the swift
oncoming night...and when I mentioned this confusion
of at-variance cosmologies to Marie Curiewe were in bed
together (not sexually, Id like to lay that rumor
to rest), and reading our individual books
by the cool, blue radiation her body cast forth
she rolled her eyes and said yes without listening really,
she was lost in a new collection of poetry by my old friend
David, mesmerized, as if he were the hero (and why not?
isnt he raising Ben? and didnt he help Patricia ease
her mother through the final gates? and arent these poems
the result of his dangerous visit to the quicksand
of American conspiracy paranoia?), she was wandering
in the thick of his words, their heft and weft (the way
that certain photographs invite our loopy dawdling
in the up-close, weathered texture of a silos side),
and so I couldnt count on her adjudicating anything,
now how will I decide between the test of faith
and the structures of reason, how will I determine insularity
or empire, yes or arbitrate between a quantum-mechanical state
and the actual, with my guiding lights themselves
so cattywampus to each other? And anyway, mostly
its all lies, said the Baron Munchausen, what the Buddhists
say is maya: illusion. Trust me, I know.
He was sitting across the room from usI was there,
a local watering hole, with Galileo and Georgia OKeeffe.
Youre listening to him? and Galileo rose up like a promontory
in his exacerbation, sloshing the foam
of his Oktoberfest special over our tableand pointed,
apoplectic, at Munchausen with the same finger that once
had pointed through the chill air to the cankered face
of the moon in a time when nobody else would admit
the truth of the sky, That man is a fiction!

Albert Goldbarth

*************

:hi:

RL
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 10:40 AM
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1. Great poem Retro
a little thick to read this early (for me at least) so I'll go back and read it a third time later.

This one line is perfect - "(the trouble
with friends of geniusthose advance scouts
of the mind and the spirit
is vision, like these two, in collision) "

Even those who aren't brilliant collide. We see it here every day. :P

Lelapin leaves for Chicago in a few hours. Then it's back to deathly quiet here. x(

:hug:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 12:19 PM
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5. It is a more involved read, yes.
but it pays dividends...

:hug:

I have 8 yr old girls on a play date afternoon.

I'll take the quiet.

:hi:

RL
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 12:27 PM
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7. Hehe
have fun. :)
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 06:05 PM
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8. So??
did you survive?

:)
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 11:31 AM
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2. Good morning, my dear Retro!
I agree with lizzie!

A little dense for real comprehension now...

I need my coffee!

It looks wonderful, though...

Thank you!

Oh, BTW...I ordered those books you recommended...

I'm sure they will help me.

:hi:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 12:18 PM
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4. Glad to hear you ordered them.
I found them very helpful... and still do.

:hi:

RL
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blueraven95 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 12:02 PM
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3. afternoon...
:hi:
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RetroLounge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-27-08 12:20 PM
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6. Afternoon...
:hi:

RL
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