Wednesday, 10 January 2007
2 Great Poets
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Another poetry book I found is a dull-looking schoolbook. Longman English Series Poetry 1900-1965. (A lot of these collections contain only British and sometimes "Commonwealth" writers but not American. Which irritates me. We all speak English and one of my favourite poets was American (Sylvia Plath)— I particularly like her Insomniac click http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/sylviaplath/1402 I'm sorry about all the ads around it.
Another favourite (who I consider a great poet, not just a great war poet — Wilfred Owen. Two of his best are Dulce et Decorum Est (click http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/poem/1543.html) and Futility (click http://www.poemtree.com/poems/Futility.htm). As I said (somewhere) I'm going to start a poetry blog. Maybe I'll post on it all my faves as well as my own dubious & uneven works. Sometimes I've found stuff by myself and thought "wow — did I really write that?" It doesn't seem possible. Other times I just read stuff back and cringe. It's taken quite some willpower not to remove certain past postings (or bits of them).
But, talking of execrable verse, did no-one like my William McGonnagal? It's difficult to pick out single quotes that sum up the full grandeur of this man's prowess. But these lines out of Jottings of New York (http://www.taynet.co.uk/users/mcgon/jottings.htm) give a good idea of why people say of him "he's so bad, he's good":—
And Brooklyn Bridge is a very great height,
And fills the stranger's heart with wonder at first sight,
But with all its loftiness, I venture to say,
For beauty it cannot surpass the new Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay.
(He loves his bridges on the "silvery" River Tay (http://www.taynet.co.uk/users/mcgon/disaster.htm). He also wrote some lines on The Tay Bridge Disaster, and a lovely work on the railway's replacement http://www.taynet.co.uk/users/mcgon/railway.htm...)
And, believe me, the morning I sailed from New York
For Bonnie Dundee, my heart it felt as light as a cork.
Mr McGonnagal said his best time of year for public readings was Easter, as the crowds seemed to have less spare supplies of eggs to hand...
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Saturday, 19 January 2008 - 6:44 AM GMT
Great blog Gleds. It is 0100 and I just downed my methadone that is meant for 0700 because otherwise I stay awake all night. What kind of house do you live in? I live in Indinapolis, IN USA; I grew up in New York City and coming here was the biggest mistake in my life. Came here to be a doctor and now I am a junkie (junky is what we call old shit, kinda like rubbish. I forgot what else you wanted to know what we called in the US. Anyhow, I shall read your blog now. It kept me quite entertained for the past few hours reading it backwards! Do you know it costs nearly $100 to get a weeks worth of methadone! Take care bud! E-
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Heroin- smack junk, boy tar, junkie call it what you will its your savior your buddy your friend your nighhtmare your worst enemy its being shot right throught your heart your will to live first you live for it then you cant live without it then you cant live another day on it. Thatts what I want now more then I ever have to not live another day why cant I have lived fast and die young why do I still have to take it from everybody and everything wqhy cant I just close my eyes forever I have tried everything overdoses hanging myself crashing my car into a tree 3 times zooming down queens blvd knowing my car would end in a skifd when I stopped and hopefully id die but no not me im leaving the life I now know and going back to the life I had im giving up the apartment im going back the place I feel most comfortable the streets whether it’s the streets of NY or pennsylavania or even florida again I don’t want what I have now none of it I dopnt want a father who cares and and a mother who couldn’t care less a sister who thinkis im worthless cause here husband is of course telling her ther truth a brother who doesn’t know im alive and another who doesn’t ccare that I am escort agencies posting strange men in my bed id rather work the styreets and get a guy into a hotel room and do whjat they did to me only this time its me with the knife to there balls robbing them ive just so had it. I wonder and used to imagine what my life would have been if john never shot me up that day would I have ver tried it wold I have ruined my life would I have hjad a life. Ive gone around the country and back for it id kill for it is this really me or is the drug or has the drug turned me into someone that can never turn back around to who I should have been. I wonder……..when I was 21 I was on the streets can I make it at 33 the same way I know longer for the first timei n my life don’t have a partner in crime and as hard as I tried to get all those guys out of my life I cant help wanting them back at times.
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