Archive for May, 2010

Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010)

~ by way of  Pamela Robertson-Pearce ( via Claudia Drake

Shizunojo Takeshita / Fay Aoyagi, translator

短夜や乳ぜり啼く児を須可捨焉乎(すてつちまをか)   竹下しづの女

mijikayo ya chizeri naku ko o sutecchimao ka

short summer night —

shall I throw away a baby

crying for my milk

~ Shizunojo Takeshita

~ from “Gendai no Haiku” (Modern Haiku),
edited by Shobin Hirai, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1996.
Translator’s Note:  Shizunojo Takeshita
(1887-1951). This is her signature haiku.

Louise Bourgeois, Artist and Sculptor, Is Dead

Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010)

(see Bourgeois On Writing)

Requiem for the Gulf

video by planetjose and music, lux aeterna, by Clint Mansell

Scientific American / Slick Solution: How Microbes Will Clean Up the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Scientific American: Slick Solution . . .

– Mahmoud Darwish

If the catastrophe goes on, it has gone on/ dragonflies
will mime, mummify in despair until one grows
an aardvark’s tongue, licks its wings and legs free
to procreate new “lines of flight”/ and the egret
now a brown duck, will find a ship or a rock on which to dock
beguiled and perplexed like someone saved from drowning
though not from Poseidon’s beasts/ no use trying
to hose its feathers down, no down, no downtime, or time
for this one bird when sight is set on the future
of a thousand other birds/ don’t worry
they quickly learn from the floating drift-carcasses
and dolphin logs, and from those who have survived
who will perish in their intoxicated plumes like sleeping
under car hoods in a mechanic’s garage for 5000 miles
on end, oil change, and Gulf jumbo shrimp gulping/
If all is one, one is not all/ the earth always wins for losing.

– Fady Joudah

(posted by the poet Amy King
on Poets for Living Waters
May 28, 2010)

work break –

my  smoke ring

’rounds a star


~ Donna Fleischer
November 3, 2009