Posts Tagged ‘ death ’

Galina Rymbu; Poems – palmermethode

the moving space of the revolution
you think you’re Nekrasov or something, bitch?
war machines all along the roadside
the functionary of the whip
took a taste
little dialogues going on in a black bar
conspirators sleep
in butovo, golianovo, khimki
halted by knowledge
bought on sale
but my beloved isn’t sleeping
what will you do
but my lover isn’t sleeping
what should I tell him
a boy in a freshly bought che guevara t-shirt
thrashing about incoherently in a jail cell
in his face you can see a beast, a bear,
pieces of a wolf, a machine gun report
the hallways of our houses are covered with slime
livelihood leaves no space for life
and no strength to choose death
so they choose struggle
washing the bodies of the dead with the red nightmare
buying your son a toy out of inertia
hinting at war
but my beloved isn’t sleeping
she’s crossed over the barrier
but my lover isn’t sleeping
he’s already setting everyone free
though he says: the liberation narrative is dead
and this autumn the sacrificial smoke of animals will rise into the air
this autumn a pale fire
we gave ghosts the keys to our apartment
people with no savings come out to meet us
this autumn rips your heart out
it screams, “where is your heart?”
and everything inside burns
the body is a travelling puppet show of criticism, fury, horror
and there’s no impulse anymore
to tear off one’s shirt, to tear away and stomp down the wet highway
these are the words of someone who’s never known age
for someone who
never loved and died

Source: Galina Rymbu; Poems – palmermethode


When Old News Is Good News: The Effect of 6 Elderly New Yorkers on One Middle-Aged Reporter – The New York Times


Helen Moses and John Leland at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale, N.Y. CreditEdu Bayer for The New York Times

No, I did not get depressed spending time with old people. I became more patient, less anxious, more capable of loving, less afraid of death and decline.

Which is to say, more like an old person. And grateful for it.  – John Leland. The Effect of 6 Elderly New Yorkers on One Middle-Aged Reporter – The New York Times

Irina Ratushinskaya, Soviet Dissident and Writer, Dies at 63 (4 March 1954, Odessa – 5 July 2017, Moscow)


Poems Ms. Ratushinskaya wrote on cigarette papers in prison.
Credit Marianne Barcellona/The LIFE Images Collection, via Getty Images

And I will tell of the first beauty I saw in captivity.
A frost-covered window! No spy-holes, nor walls,
Nor cell-bars, nor the long endured pain —
Only a blue radiance on a tiny pane of glass.Irina Ratushinskayafrom one of the soap poemsIrina Ratushinskaya

John Ashbery, Celebrated and Challenging Poet, Dies at 90 – The New York Times


John Ashbery, Paris, 1959. Photo by Walter Silver.


In the poem “In a Wonderful Place,” published in the 2009 collection “Planisphere,” he offered a brief, bittersweet look back.


I spent years exhausting my good works

on the public, all for seconds

Time to shut down colored alphabets

flutter in the fresh breeze of autumn. It

draws like a rout. Or a treat.


John Ashbery– The New York Times

in the future, your body won’t be buried, it will be dissolved | WIRED UK


Bones from a resomated body are processed and scattered in the ocean
credit Spencer Lowell

For centuries, humanity’s dead bodies have been either buried or cremated. Now, a growing movement is advocating for a cleaner, more sensitive alternative

Source: in the future, your body won’t be buried, it will be dissolved | WIRED UK

abandonedbuildings: after Pasolini 1


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Khadija Saye: artist on cusp of recognition when she died in Grenfell | UK news | The Guardian

Khadija Saye, who has been named as a victim of the Grenfell Tower fire, had met with an influential gallery director only a day before her death. Photograph: Daffyd Jones/PA

Work of Khadija Saye, who died in Wednesday’s fire, was being exhibited at Venice Biennale and had caught eye of influential director

Source: Khadija Saye: artist on cusp of recognition when she died in Grenfell | UK news | The Guardian