June 14th, 2008

poetry

Poet's Corner: Danse Russe

Danse Russe

If when my wife is sleeping
and the baby and Kathleen
are sleeping
and the sun is a flame-white disc
in silken mists
above shining trees,-
if I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
waving my shirt round my head
and singing softly to myself:
"I am lonely, lonely,
I was born to be lonely,
I am best so!"
If I admire my arms, my face,
my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
against the yellow drawn shades,-

Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?

William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963)

movies, oscars

The Squid and the Whale

Just finished watching The Squid and the Whale, which takes place in 1986 and features a character who tries to pass off a Pink Floyd song as an original composition. Granted, high school students are not generally well known for their ability to think things through, but it strains credulity to think anyone could think they could get away with such a thing. It wasn't even an old, Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd song, it was "Hey You," which was only seven years old at the time. I was a high school student in 1986, and I know WLUP -- a popular station among my fellow students -- played Pink Floyd all the time. So I call shenanigans on that whole subplot.

The rest of the movie was good though. Jeff Daniels was great, and I liked that his character didn't get some kind of phony redemptive scene at the end.