Monday, November 14, 2016

"Against the Evidence" by David Ignatow (And My Commentary)

Compartment C, Car 293
Edward HOPPER (1882-1967)
Against the Evidence
by David Ignatow

As I reach to close each book
lying open on my desk, it leaps up
to snap at my fingers.  My legs
won't hold me, I must sit down.
My fingers pain me
where the thick leaves snapped together
at my touch.

        All my life
I've held books in my hands
like children, carefully turning
their pages and straightening out
their creases.  I use books
almost apologetically.  I believe
I often think their thoughts for them.
Reading, I never know where theirs leave off
and mine begin.  I am so much alone
in the world, I can observe the stars
or study the breeze, I can count the steps
on a stair on the way up or down,
and I can look at another human being
Judging a Book
Robin Cheers

it is for the sake of politeness.
Nothing must be said of estrangement
among the race and yet
nothing is said at all
because of that.
But no book will help either.
I stroke my desk,
its wood so smooth, so patient and still.
I set a typewriter on its surface
and begin to type
to tell myself my troubles.
Against the evidence, I live by choice.

I think we live in an age of separation.  Too much connectivity and the ease for which we can communicate has, perhaps, sequestered the need to really communicate meaningfully.  Social media and online chat Apps have turned communication into more of  superficial conversation.  We connect via cords and Wifi signals, yet we fail to connect on a deeper level.  If you disagree, ask yourself:  when was the last time I had a true heart-to-heart via Snapchat?  (I personally never have!)

I recently completed Selected Poems by David Ignatow.  This particular selection of poetry seems to mirror urban city life.  He often demonstrates how well the paved streets connect us to each others doors, yet how easily they walk us into opposite directions.  Published in 1975, long before the internet (and the general use of computers) opened gateways of communication (which were probably unimaginable back then), it seems that the author sensed an oncoming separation between people.  

How sad some of the classic great authors would be had they known that one day email would replace the need for letter-writing.  Even the interpersonal act of writing and mailing letters is considered a lost art these days!  Doesn't that make you sad?

No wonder so many of us (myself included) turn to great works of literature to find pieces of ourselves.  To understand and converse and interact with a world which really speaks (even when that world is imaginary!).  I've also wondered if, just maybe, the world is losing more and more (or creating less and less) of the deep thinkers.  Entertainment is so easy to get these days, distraction is paramount to deep mental reflection.  Maybe we have entered a time when the only thing left to connect us, truly by the heart and mind, is the arts!  

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Super Moon in Gloaming

A big-moon sky has set the hills afire.  My window pane shades the world a slightly-gray panoramic view.  I watch a black-tree horizon grow long; the many-fingered branches of dogwood and dusty milkweed glisten against early dew.

My red-black glass of wine is but a planet all its own.  Shiny and bulbous as an unclaimed Pluto.  I place its nectar to my lips and taste the stars.

Harvest moon dips low
Earth spins her blue-gray gloaming
a slow shadow dance.

Inspired by a poetry prompt at dVerse.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Noteworthy Links

I know I'm not consistent on these Thursday posts.  Life get's busy.

Anyway, here are my recent favorite internet finds.  Enjoy!

1)  Literary Hub - 'Literary Hub is an organizing principle in the service of literary culture, a single, trusted, daily source for all the news, ideas and richness of contemporary literary life.'

Learn about authors, books, and a whole other plethora of interesting facts related to literature and writers.

2) Soul PanCake - Their YouTube description simply states.  'We make stuff that matters.'

Find uplifting and enlightening videos pertaining to the bigger questions of life, new age creators, happiness, and informative news.

3)  New Age Creators - 'New Age Creators is an international creative collaboration aiming to bring people from all across the world together through the power of creativity.'

There's some really great guest videos among a select library of videos pertaining to creativity.  It's definitely worth a watch.