David Reads “A Supermarket California,” by Allen Ginsberg

For the printed version of the text I will direct you to Poetryarchive.org where you can also hear Ginsberg’s reading. Um… no, I still haven’t listened to it yet. The very idea is intimidating. And if you’d like to know more about the movie Howl, check out this article at SlashFilm. If you are in my neck of Penn’s Woods when this thing hits the theaters (and I imagine it will be at the Campus Theater in Lewisburg eventually), let me know and we can take a pack of us to view it!

One Art, by Elizabeth Bishop

This is one of my favorite poems, and while Elizabeth Bishop has fun with the French Villanelle form, I have a little fun at the expense of my Irish brother, Vincent. I enjoyed recording this reading and even have one really fantastic blooper reel that I might be willing to show to you (if you plead and beg nicely) as a result of the cat caterwauling in the background.

The text of the poem is printed there, just below my handsome face. Enjoy!

One Art
by Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

–Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

There are some sings that Micah and I took pictures of recently. We need to send these to PassiveAgressiveNotes.com or the Fail Blog. Now, just how confident would you be seeing this on the bathroom door when you take your kids out for Pizza? Some of you locals might recognize this!

Or how about this one at the laundromat where I have had my jeans stolen (not off my body, you know. I think I left them in a dryer). This guy really needs to calm down, or take meds. The good news is that they did send my check for $1.25 finally! Damned washer stole my quarters!

What if Kirk and Spock…

Maybe you already know this song. But I just heard it last night and it cracked me up. I am very happy this week. I had a fantastic time over Christmas with my sons and some time with my family, and one of my dearest friends and I have at last admitted that we are head over heels for each other. My boyfriend, Brian is just the sweetest cutest cadet in the galaxy! So, anywho, since I’ve been so giddy and happy since Christmas, enjoying the way 2009 has “earned its keep,” I’m posting silly gay videos on my blog. Enjoy!