Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.
After all, the sky flashes, the great sea yearns,
we ourselves flash and yearn,
and moreover my mother told me as a boy
(repeatedly) ‘Ever to confess you’re bored
means you have no
Inner Resources.’ I conclude now I have no
inner resources, because I am heavy bored.
Peoples bore me,
literature bores me, especially great literature,
Henry bores me, with his plights & gripes
as bad as achilles,
who loves people and valiant art, which bores me.
And the tranquil hills, & gin, look like a drag
and somehow a dog
has taken itself & its tail considerably away
into mountains or sea or sky, leaving
behind: me, wag.
“In 1890, one man had the idea to collect every bird ever mentioned in Shakespeare
and release them into Central Park. The only bird to survive in the New World was the European
Starling, now one of the commonest birds in America. Its introduction is now widely considered
a major environmental disaster.
The Commoners is a moving image essay about starlings, poetry, and the purist rhetoric used
to describe “invasive species.” It is also about the paths people forge through history, intentionally
or not, as they attempt to change the natural world.”
Extracted from a longer video recorded at the Unversity of Chicago
To my shame I knew nothing of Kleinzahler’s work until I read about him
in the Guardian a couple of weeks ago.
To my great surprise ‘Before Dawn on Bluff Road’ ( from the Guardian article)
had me blubbing like a baby.
Anyway – see what you think to the three here.
From Lewis LaCook.
Like his poetry – fragile, complex & perfectly judged
( or – better – judged according to careful & complex
personal criteria, of which we kind of get a glimpse,
Lingers in the mind long afterwards.
Writer, musician, artist & general polymath Talan Memmott turns his attention
to film in this series of shorts made in collaboration with Sandy Florian.
They say Nameless is a collaboration between Sandy Florian and Talan Memmott…
they make excessively short experimental narrative films, mostly in Paris…
Short they may be but Florian & Memmott’s works are assured, quirky,
evocative & entertaining.
You can see the whole series to date here .