Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Poem Grinder

When things like Memorial Day come along, I have often posted some poetry readings. This follows here on the heels of an event where the Audionaut Collective appeared. This goes with a post yesterday of Ira Talking Song Hayes. It includes a poem by Li Po. Also Jack Vaughan's Foley's on Dover, Dr. Ransil's Garage and When will I arrive? Poetic allusions are made to Gene Autry, John Nash, Memphis Minnie.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Talking song ballad for Day of Memorial 2015

Had a great day yesterday at a poetry reading I attended and, if you know how poets are, you know somebody like me is going there imaging some insane concave of dead air may descend, a poet may get cotton mouth, and the call goes out "is there a poet in the house?" "Here I am!" I shout. And I'd been thinking about it being Memorial Day Weekend, and I'd been thinking of Peter LaFarge's  Ballad of Ira Hayes, so I worked it up in my mind, and plopped it on the piano here. When Johnny Cash put it out it floundered - he bought a full page in Billboard to promote it. Have much appreciation that the Hingham Veterans Dept. dutifully placed a new Veteran's flag on my fathers grave which I today visited with my mother. My brother Michael sings with me here. More guff: With all due respect to Peter LaFarge I post my rendition of the Ballad of Ira Hayes. God bless our service people and veterans on this Decoration Day. I want to remember the Battle of Iwo Jima and Ira Hayes. In my hometown into memoriam a float would cause gasps - a replication of the the Flag Raising. War is always in the air. And we should remember. And we should remember the brothers and sisters that battle has so wounded. There are superior versions of this - I  point you to Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Buffy St. Marie and author Peter La Farge. I didnt nail it but I thought I'd share it. I'm joined on it by my brother Michael. Happy Memorial Day.

Blue Moon of Protoplasmic Drop Kick

Jeff Hull Art as Process on Display Through Labor Day

Artist Jeff Hull's work on display: A tremendous effect, collected from a trove amassed over a periods of years. Here is a casual collection of spontaneous drawings that are part of a larger process  Never before such large drawings in such concentrated manner. To see them, the marks and density, over many (26) panels – a city block really – is quite amazing. Truly among the most astounding collections of art you will ever see. The corner of Huntington and Parker is where it's at.
                                                                                                                      – Jack Vaughan

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Titanic Clothesline Saga - MoonTraveller 2008

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Working poem of news Number 1205

If you read the paper most everyday

in your own mind you can come to be  a universe master.

Something can go big and surprisingly wrong

but to you it seems logical -

because you can see the developing evidence in your daily paper looking backward.

Like God watching the Preakness

I stopped time once, watching Kuwait invasion on TV at bar,

while reading day's paper with previous day's news of possible armed buildup on border

(and night before was reading Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which begins in Kuwait.)

So I understand the Unknown Known.

To be continued