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Strangeways • View topic - Other people's poems
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 10:52 am
by Eight of nine lives

PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:51 pm
by chicken
marlon l. fick:

<!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE</div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->Crows

Crows love midwinter mornings
as I do
staggering, black
and shiny--out of their asylum.
Mornings so cold the air is seized
in the impasse
of its bitterness, a white, violet mist
hovering in the absence.

They drop from the naked trees for what remains.
Suet that hangs in a cage,
tethered to a limb.
Too bright, like lacquered boxes.
Too bright the shine on them.
Not yet defined from darkness.

We hope for what we understand,
pain that comes and goes and comes like winter,
in welcomed revelations.
A cardinal blooming on some January thorn.
Doves weeping, eating seeds that rained through cracks.
Sparrows purchased for pennies in Jerusalem
and eaten by the poor. It's what we
learned by repetition, first having, then
not having. Seeing
and not seeing.
Not a force of darkness spinning on beyond our reach.

Jesus says to live like crows.
It's remembering the sermon
as one of them jabs its black beak in the suet.
Don't worry a minute of your life.
Don't gather stores for winter.
Don't plant or harvest.
But the other birds are worried. A blue jay swoops
under a nearby pine shrill with jealousy. And
a sparrow in a leafless redbud is occupied by a mute terror.

In another account by the French explorer, de Creve Coeur,
crows leave a man hanging in a cage with his eyes picked out,
staring out of nothing at the empty horizon.

I'm outside.
I'm shivering.
I begin to not understand the need I have
to gather details.
That rabbis, for example, forbid mentioning of crows in prayer.
Or Pliny thinking crows were absent-minded
and couldn't find their ways back home.
I can't stop shivering.

The search for paradise, for the pain that goes away,
was not a search but a wandering. Haphazard.
And the black roots
so deep in me. The bitterness.
It's staggering.


--Marlon Ohnesorge-Fick <!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->


he's quite good.
and he's my friend. :D :D :D :D :D

PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 12:44 pm
by madmancmonkey

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:49 am
by chicken

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:53 am
by Boxguy
Here's [Untitled]. It's out of Marlon's book Selected Poems. I'd strongly urge everyone to pick up a copy if you can find one. If you do, read "Stick Figure". It's incredible.

<!--quoteo--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE</div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->[Untitled]

I will be with you,
a common thing you use everyday,
a brush, a necklace,
the favorite stone you hold in your hand
when you're afraid.

I can't be more than this
and I've gone deaf to the world
like an old man whose thoughts
are the white birds asleep in the stones of cathedrals,
like the emptiness inside them.
<!--QuoteEnd--></div><!--QuoteEEnd-->

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:08 pm
by chicken

Re: Other people's poems

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:14 pm
by chicken
Robert Bly: "The Blinding of Samson"


I used his string of thoughts in a poem I wrote called: "Isaac, revisited" because Isaac, like Samson, was blind later in life (though from different causes).

One more from Robert Bly. In this one he is reading his translation of a poem by a guy named Kabir--who was an Indian poet from a very long time ago. This clip is totally awesome because the musical accompaniment by Armenian brilliance (when "Arto" sings at the end, it's just beautiful!!!!!!).

Re: Other people's poems

PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:57 am
by chicken
has anyone ever heard of Billy Collins?

Re: Other people's poems

PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:28 am
by chicken

Re: Other people's poems

PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:39 am
by Boxguy

Re: Other people's poems

PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:06 am
by chicken

Re: Other people's poems

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:47 am
by Noonan McKane
silhouettes and shadows
watch the revolution
no more free steps to heaven
just walky talky
heaven or hearth
just big heads and drums
full speed and pagan

it's no game

i am barred from the event
i really don't understand the situation

it's no game

documentaries on refugees
couples 'gainst the target
you throw a rock against the road
and it breaks into pieces
draw the blinds on yesterday
and it's all so much scarier
put a bullet in my brain
and it makes all the papers

and it's no game

Re: Other people's poems

PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:32 am
by chicken