Monday, 19 November 2007 - 17:27 ESTName: "LAV"
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Saturday, 17 November 2007
Chocolate Jesus, T. S. Eliot & the Half-Eaten Moon
Since there was a week missed while I was away, I thought I’d make up with an extra posting. The true prompting for this was my stumbling on the Tom Waits' performance of “Chocolate Jesus” on Late Night, posted on YouTube. Just way too good not to share.
In addition, I was struck by the following paragraph by James Longenbach in his review of the Hollander’s translation of Dante’s Paradiso in Sunday November 11th New York Times Book Review:
I’m not sure I totally agree with the last line; that is to say, it is true but, like a two-edged sword, may cut both ways. Rhyme may lull us from this very purpose. All in all, though, I found this observation cogent.
Since this is an additional posting, I thought I would dip back into issue #129 and see if there isn’t a little something more to be mined there:
deep deep seeing
translated by Scott Watson
between rain showers¾
the letters making up the name
worn off the headstone
~ Gary Hotham
-- the morning birds have
eaten half the moon –
leaving plenty for us
~ Tim Robbins
Till next week … Don
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