July 10th, 2010


This day in Twitter

Today's tweets:

  • 00:13 Foreclosure relief = socialism, farm subsidies = not socialism. You're a freedom-hating terrorist if you say otherwise. bit.ly/ako5KZ #
  • 00:19 This rule change makes the Best New Artist category only marginally less meaningless than it already was. bit.ly/9LF3Mq #
  • 00:35 This is a terrible, terrible joke, but it made me laugh anyway. bit.ly/buldfx #
  • 10:32 Last K: KT Tunstall - Suddenly I See (which should be under T, of course, but WMP doesn't know it). First L: L7 - Pretend We're Dead #
  • 14:26 Last L: Lunatic Calm - Sound of the Revolution. First M: Madeleine Peyroux - Don't Wait Too Long. #
  • 14:28 I'm trying not to be bugged by WMP's inability to sort by last name, but failing. I appreciate that it knows to ignore articles though. #
  • 16:24 Made it through Marshall Crenshaw, will pick up with Marvelous 3 on Monday. Five points if you can guess the song! #
  • 16:39 Mallards v. Woodchucks at the old ball game tonight. A bit on the hot side, but at least the humidity has broken. #fb #
  • 16:52 @aheaton I hope David was with you. A tour like that requires someone who couldn't case less. #
  • 23:23 Mallards win, 7-6 in the bottom of the 10th. Can't argue with the result, but man, that was a long f'ing game. #fb #

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Poet's Corner: Cut Grass

Cut Grass

Cut grass lies frail:
Brief is the breath
Mown stalks exhale.
Long, long the death

It dies in the white hours
Of young-leafed June
With chestnut flowers,
With hedges snowlike strewn,

White lilac bowed,
Lost lanes of Queen Anne's lace,
And that high-builded cloud
Moving at summer's pace.

Philip Larkin (1922–1985)

Earlier this week I read that the English city of Hull will for the rest of the year be displaying excerpts of poems by Philip Larkin, who lived in Hull for 30 years prior to his death in 1985, on public buses as part of a celebration of his life and works on the 25th anniversary of his passing. Looking back through my archives, I was surprised to see I'd never featured a poem by Larkin here, and resolved to do something about it.

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