QUOTE OF THE DAY from Charles Simic, when talking about using his poetry “to convey how it feels living here and now in a country that has lost its way and may yet end up on the trash heap of history as so many empires have” —
“‘We are fucked, Charlie,’ a neighbor told me and he didn’t have to explain to me what he meant. In the meantime, the lilacs have blossomed, the children are chasing each other and laughing in the school playground and I’m going for a nice long walk in the woods.”
Simon Armitage – Privet
Because I’d done wrong I was sent to hell,
down black steps to the airless tombs
of mothballed contraptions and broken tools.
Piled on a shelf every daffodil bulb
Maurice Harmon – In Good Times or In Bad
In good times or in bad,
Hail, rain or shine,
Made use of what she had.
Hi, she says, leaning on the railing.
What are you doing, homework?
Well, sort of, I say. I’m waiting for my friend.
I’m waiting for my heart, she says.
Paul Laurence Dunbar – A Lazy Day
The trees bend down along the stream,
Where anchored swings my tiny boat.
The day is one to drowse and dream
And list the thrush’s throttling note.
Brenda Hillman – Autumn Ritual with Hate Turned Sideways
—i pull the hate
on a rope ladder to the resting zone…
***pull the A on down.
(the following letter is from a 7th grader) –
dear brenda hillman from elle
Posted in response to yesterday’s events.