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Aretha Franklin ‘Change Gonna Come’ Tribute – YouTube

Have adored Aretha, since first discovering her when I was a high school sophomore. She transforms this song. Didn’t think Sam Cooke’s version could be bested. She transformed every song she sang. – word pond  

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme only once in own concert (1965) on Vimeo

Bob Dylan – Murder Most Foul (Official Audio) – YouTube

Poetry as a Blowtorch of Protest


Sean Bonney, Our Death (image courtesy Commune Editions)

While despondency and madness appear aplenty in Sean Bonney’s writing, its keynote is pure, hard rage.

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Faith No More Mike Patton This guy’s in Love With You – YouTube

Marianne Williamson Drops Out of 2020 Race – The New York Times

In her message to supporters, Ms. Williamson said that she would back the eventual Democratic nominee, no matter who it is: “I will be there with all my energy and in full support.”

“Things are changing swiftly and dramatically in this country, and I have faith that something is awakening among us,” she wrote. “A politics of conscience is still yet possible. And yes … love willprevail.”

Choman Hardi: A Day for Love on Vimeo

November Sky | Icebox

November Sky

November sky
Quite as blue as over
April’s blossoms


My partner and I have been together for over a decade. For several years now, this has been a miracle that, like most miracles, has come to seem everyday.

Yawning blue I
Never tire of you, oh,
Tire not of me

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Sean Bonney’s Hate Poems « Post45


The text of ruminations then commences:

On appelle Calendrier le decoupage et l’étiquetage des morceaux de temps. C’est grâce à ce classement que nous nous retrouvons dans le dévidage de l’existence.

Sans calendrier nous ne serions bougrement pas à la noce: on vivoterait à l”aveuglette, kif-kif les animaux.

The calendar is our name for the cutting up and labeling of bits of time. It’s thanks to this arrangement we that can find our way around in the unraveling of existence.

Without the calendar we wouldn’t be in such a fucking mess: we’d scrape by blindly, same as the animals.25

“Same as the animals” also means, or will do as code for, “who gives a fuck.” Blah blah. “We both know what that means.”

Blah blah is also an associative trigger that the poem sees coming. The excoriation sets off a memory prepared earlier. The next sentence is “It put me in mind of the mass incineration of farm animals that happened in Britain, in 2001.” The shift up into a literary idiom (“it put me in mind of”) is subtly, but clearly, stagy: the poet is not just thinking of something, he is performing a reminiscence. The text knows that the scene brought in for the purpose of this reminiscence (the mass incineration of farm animals) is by this point in the authorship liable to seem generic. An associative trigger in a poem by Bonney, seen coming or not, will not put the poet in mind of a nice Christmas. Association doesn’t work like that, especially not within the prison of the prose block, and certainly never in a “Love Poem.”

This too is part of the stagy consistency of the text, which knows (as you also know) that writing is now, in the contemporary eternal dévidage, either a stranglehold on devastation or a longwinded airy load of bullshit and nothing. “The poetic moans of this century have been, for the most part, a banal patina of snobbery, vanity and sophistry,” reports the “Letter on Riots and Doubt.”

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“A way of shutting my eyes”: Reflections on the Photographic Turn in Recent Literary Memoirs | 3 Quarks Daily

by Rafaël Newman For Fred Weinstein “What is hidden is for us Westerners more ‘true’ than what is visible,” Roland Barthes proposed, in Camera Lucida, his phenomenology of the photograph, almost forty years ago. In the decades since, the internet, nanotechnology, and viral marketing have challenged his privileging of the unseen over the seen by…

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