Wait, what day is it?

Sorry folks, I have failed to post Poetry Thursday! two weeks in a row now. But as you all know all the cool video games come out in the fall and obviously those take precedence over all else. (Just kidding, see the next post for details). So here are two little poems for you to make up for those missed weeks:

A Song of Degrees

by Denise Levertov

Pearblossom bright white

against green leaves that frame

each tuft, black

pinewoods, graybrown buildings–

but rich

cream against strewn

feathers of cloud that float

slowly through new

blue of April morning.

 

Watching TV

by Denise Levertov

So many men– and not the worst of them,

the brutally corrupt, no, others,

liberal, intelligent if not

notably imaginative,

men with likable eyes–

have mouths that are weak, cruel, twisted,

alien to desire:

mouths that don’t match their eyes.

And our wretched history

utters through those mouths

the perfidies their hurt eyes evade.

 

This last poem reminds me of a Radiohead quote: “Most people gaze neither into the past nor into the future;
they explore neither truth nor lies. They gaze at the television.”

 

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