Push Pull Tug Topple Tumble Fall

In Artists, Current reading, Irish Mist, Local projects, Music, Poetry, Revision, Sanford Meisner, Theater on September 2, 2014 at 8:15 am

At the personal level, I must instigate a cash flow reversal soon. Unpaid holidays during which book acquisition runs high: one way to stare down the chasm when the rent comes due.

However. Important but not the point here. The point involves a dialectic i.e. two terminal and polar opposites. For instance: Donald Ray Pollock’s The Devil All The Time someone lent me the other day. Now, here’s a guy who keeps on track from prologue to final sentence. Call it a morality play set in the deeper realms of human debasement (then, take a nice long walk with the dog once you put it down.) Then: along come don marquis’  archy and mehitabel – in this instance, poem xlvi mehitabel sees paris wherein mehitabel meets up with francy, an alley cat with a love for the catacombs (“francy seems to see something attractive about morgues when he gets lit up the old morgue he says was a more romantic morgue but vandal hands have torn it down“).

Voilà. Entre les deux. In the left corner, weighing twenty-thousand kilo the twin figures of  gleeful sinners and doomed lovers about to crush through the foundations, like radioactive sludge. And in the right corner, wispier and more inconsequential than a piece of fluff, a cockroach poet and his muse – morality tales revisited with as light a foot as available on any confusing day on earth.

You happen to be a little scrivener scrivening somewhere entre les deux?  bonne chance!

Don’t forget: apart from reading and writing, regular walks; music; plus some kind of intellectual exercise way beyond your understanding. Astrophysics, for instance. And one intellectual exercise way, way below your perceived accomplishments (first-grade school material is one good way to boggle the mind. Which is what I’m about to do right now.)


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