Category Archives: Poetry

Consider

From Robert Fulford, “How Martin Amis puts the personal in personal essay“, National Post, December 9, 2017, p. WP2, in relation to Martin Amis, The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump. Essays and Reportage, 1986-2016. We can learn … Continue reading

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O’Hara and Mad Men

Wrote about Frank O’Hara and Mad Men. Producer Matthew Weiner also putting out audio book of O’Hara poetry, one year after Mad Men ended: Maybe needs that Jon Hamm as Don Draper voice: Weeks before O’Hara’s untimely death, in 1966, … Continue reading

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Catastrophe

Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, in Mad Men, reciting part of Frank O’Hara’s “Mayakovsky“, from Meditations in an Emergency (1957): and interesting, and modern.

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Transient

Received a thank you label, with a section to peel back, and then Ah. life grows lovely where you are. Mathilde Blind Didn’t know who Mathilde Blind was. Find out that she is a famous poet, with dramatic life, subject … Continue reading

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Wasp, Ant

From Elmore Leonard’s Pronto (1993) in which the protagonist, Harry Arno, discusses his wartime experience guarding poet Ezra Pound in Italy: Once, I asked him how he was doing. He said he was watching a wasp build a house with … Continue reading

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November Precision

…amidst the blur of image. At the last public performance of William Hawkins, November 28, 2015: Shadow glance I remember you ____________________________________ Postscript, July 13, 2013: And there he was

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Passed

Wrote about him on several occasions. Informed that he passed earlier today. He being informed about terminals three days prior. Wrote about his last public performance, as here, originally published November 30, 2015: Energy of Performance William Hawkins, two days … Continue reading

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Energy of Performance

William Hawkins, two days ago: Have seen these circumstances more than once. The energy that comes, that is not there otherwise. All for the performance. And then total exhaustion, that the audience does not see. When one says that an … Continue reading

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The Last Poets: Wake Up, Niggers

Night descends as the sun’s light ends And black comes back, to blend again And with the death of the sun Night and blackness become one Blackness being you Peeping through the red, the white, and the blue Dreaming of … Continue reading

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Forslack and Forless

Being the title to a 1974 poem by William Hawkins, contained in an advance copy of The Collected Poems of William Hawkins (edited by Cameron Anstee), Chaudière Books, 2015 (formal publication date May 15): I ran like water, as river … Continue reading

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