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A. E. Stallings: Triolet

This came recently in a mailing from Poetry Magazine.  I don’t have the inclination to kill more trees with more magazine subscriptions, but this poem did seem fanciful to me so I’m sharing it here.

Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther

A.E. Stallings


Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,

The booze and the neon and Saturday night,

The swaying in darkness, the lovers like spoons?

Why should the Devil get all the good tunes?

Does he hum them to while away sad afternoons

And the long, lonesome Sundays? Or sing them for spite?

Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,

The booze and the neon and the Saturday night?


I vote for more Saturday nights and lovers like spoons.  You?

Colin Hay

I had the fortune to see Colin Hay in concert at the Ark in Ann Arbor on Tuesday.  Just let me say: YIPPEEEEEE!  He was divine, lyrical, magical, and a boat-load of fun!  You may know him as the former front man for Men At Work.  You may remember his contribution to the movie Garden State.  You may have seen him on Scrubs (below).  All of these pale in comparison to what he is, alone with a guitar and some bottles of water, in a small venue, on a cold and rainy day.  Listen to him! Find him in concert near you!  Go!

Thinking of Dad

Today would have been my dad’s 67th birthday.  Here’s missing you today and always!

Seriously, he’s quite the cutie, no?

Waltz With Bashir

I heard about this movie only because the same director’s new movie was reviewed but my library doesn’t have it.  So I checked out Waltz With Bashir.  I had no idea what it was about, but was hooked from second one.  I had to brush up on my Middle Eastern history as this is about the Israeli-Lebanon war of 1982.  Thank heavens for Wikipedia!  While the movie is political, what I thought was really important was how it portrayed the individual soldiers and their responses to the violence, centered on the Sabra and Shatila Massacre.  Following Wikipedia, I discovered how each movement of troops, each bombing or massacre or battle was justified as a response to some earlier violence.  This goes way beyond “an eye for an eye”.  A very powerful film, both cinamatography (it is composed of animation and real action) and story narrative are brilliant.

The Theory of Matter and Light

Not a lot of time for fun reading these days, but this I couldn’t resist.

The Theory of Light and Matter: Stories (Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction) The Theory of Light and Matter: Stories by Andrew Porter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you CSMonitor book review!  I love the short story format and this collection blew me away.

St. Patty’s Day Parade in Chicago!

I attended my first ever St. Patty’s Day parade in Chicago last weekend.  It was cold, drizzly, and windy, but I moseyed up to an empty spot on the fence and ended up meeting a Seattle-Local and an Italian tourist.  Despite the miserable weather, I had a blast!  Harold and Fransescu (sp?) were quite lovely companions and Fransescu got a lot of great shots–much better photographer than I am.  We shared our loot so I ended up with a plastic hat, green beads, and a bunch of candy.  After the parade, I wandered around downtown, found and followed the green river to Lake Michigan and then wandered back to the train station.  It was fun despite the chilly weather.  If I’m ever in the Midwest in March again, I’ll make a special trip for this!

Chicago March 2010