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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #75 on: September 28, 2011, 02:27:28 PM »
Literature is still gay.
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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #76 on: September 28, 2011, 03:11:41 PM »
That's a particularly wise comment right after three Byron poems. Anyway, I'm considering whether I should like stuff like this, or if it's somehow hollow and seductive?

When everyone you have ever loved is finally gone
when everything you have ever wanted is finally done with
when all of your nightmares are for a time obscured
as by a shining brainless beacon
or a blinding eclipse of the many terrible shapes of this world
when you are calm and joyful
and finally entirely alone
then in a great new darkness
you will finally execute your special plan

one needs to have a plan someone said
who was turned away into the shadows
and who i had believed was sleeping or dead
imagine he said all the flesh that is eaten
the teeth tearing into it
the tongue tasting its savor
and the hunger for that taste
now take away that flesh he said
take away the teeth and the tongue
the taste and the hunger
take away everything as it is
that was my plan
my own special plan for this world
i listened to these words and yet i did not wonder
if this creature whom i had thought sleeping or dead
would ever approach his vision
even in his deepest dreams
or his most lasting death
because i had heard of such plans such visions
and i knew they did not see far enough
but what was demanded in the way of a plan
needed to go beyond tongue and teeth and hunger and flesh
beyond the bones and the very dust of bones and the wind that would come to blow the dust away
and so i began to envision a darkness that was long before the dark of night
and a strangely shining light
that owed nothing to the light of day

that day may seem like other days
once more we feel the tiny legged trepidations
once more we are mangled by a great grinding fear
but that day will have no others after
no more worlds like this will follow
because i have a plan
a very special plan
no more worlds like this
no more days like that

there are but four ways to die a sardonic spirit might have said to me
there is dying that occurs relatively suddenly
there is dying that occurs relatively gradually
there is dying that occurs relatively painlessly
there is the death that is full of pain
thus by various means they are combined
the sudden and the gradual
the painless and the painful
to yield but four ways to die
and there are no others
even after the voice stopped speaking
I listened for it to speak again
after hours and days and years had passed
I listened for some further words
yet all I heard were the faintest echoes reminding me
there are no others
there are no others
was it then that I began to conceive for this world
a special plan?

there are no means for escaping this world
it penetrates even into your sleep
and is its substance
you are caught in your own dreaming
where there is no space
and are held forever where there is no time
you can do nothing you are not told to do
there is no hope for escape from this dream
that was never yours
the very words you speak are only its very words
and you talk like a traitor
under its incessant torture

there are many who have designs upon this world
and dream of wild and vast reformations
i have heard them talking in their sleep
of elegant mutations
and cunning annihilations
i have heard them whispering in the corners of crooked houses
and in the alleys and narrow back streets of this crooked creaking universe
which they with their new designs would make straight and sound
but each of these new and ill conceived designs
is deranged in its heart
for they feel this world as if it were alone and original
and not as only one of countless others
whose nightmares all precede
like a hideous garden grown from a single seed
i have heard these dreamers talking in their sleep
and i stand waiting for them
as at the top of a darkened flight of stairs
they know nothing of me
and none of the secrets of my special plan
while i know every crooked creaking step of theirs

it was the voice of someone who was waiting in the shadows
who was looking at the moon and waiting for me to turn the corner
and enter a narrow street
and stand with him in the dull glaze of moonlight
then he said to me
he whispered
that my plan was misconceived
that my special plan for this world was a terrible mistake
because, he said, there is nothing to do, and there is nowhere to go
there is nothing to be, and there is no one to know
your plan is a mistake, he repeated
this world is a mistake, i replied

the children always followed him
when they saw him hopping by
a funny walk
a funny man
a funny funny funny man
he made them laugh sometimes
he made them laugh oh yes he did
he did he did he did he did
oh how he made them roll
one day he took them to a place
he knew a special place
and told them things about this world
this funny funny funny world
which made them laugh sometimes
he made them laugh oh yes he did
he did he did he did he did
oh how he made them roll
then the funny little man who made them laugh
sometimes he did
revealed to them his special plan
his very special funny plan
knowing they would understand
and maybe laugh sometimes
he made them laugh
oh yes he did
he did he did he did he did
their eyes grew wide beneath their lids
and how he made them roll

i first learned the facts from a lunatic
in a dark and quiet room that smelled of stale time and space
there are no people, nothing at all like that
the human phenomenon is but the sum of densely coiled layers of illusion
each of which winds itself upon the supreme insanity
that there are persons of any kind
when all there can be are mindless mirrors
laughing and screaming as they parade about
in an endless dream
but when i asked the lunatic what it was
that saw itself within these mirrors
as they marched endlessly in stale time and space
he only rocked and smiled
then he laughed and screamed
and in his black and empty eyes
i saw for a moment as in a mirror
a formless shade of divinity
in flight from its stale infinity
of time and space and the worst of all
of this worlds dreams
my special plan for the laughter
and the screams

we went to see some little show
that was staged in an old shed
past the edge of town
and in its beginnings all seemed well
the miniature curtain stage glowed in the darkness
while those dolls bounced along on their strings before our eyes
and in its beginnings all seemed well
but then there came a subtle turning point which some have noticed
and i was one
who quietly left the show
no i did not
because i could see where things were going
as the antics of those dolls grew strange
and the fragile strings grew taut
with their tiny pullings, tiny limbs
the others around me became appalled
and turned away and abandoned the show
that was staged in an old shed
past the edge of town
but i wanted to witness what could never be
i wanted to see what could not be seen
the moment of consummate disaster
my puppets turned to face the puppet master

it was twilight and i stood in the grayish haze of a vast empty building
when the silence was enriched by a reverberant voice
all the things of this world it said
are of but one essence
for which there are no words
this is the greater part which has no beginning or end
and the one essence of this world for which there can be no words
is that all the things of this world
this is the lesser part which had a beginning and shall have an end
and for which words were conceived solely to speak of
the tiny broken beings of this world it said
the beginnings and endings of this world it said
for which words were conceived solely to speak of
now remove these words and what remains it asks me
as i stood in the twilight of that vast empty building
but i did not answer
the question echoed over and over
but i remained silent until the echoes died
and as twilight passed into the evening i felt my
special plan for which there are no words
moving towards a greater darkness

there are some who have no voices
or none that will ever speak
because the things they know about this world
and the things they feel about this world
because the thoughts that fill a brain
that is a damaged brain
because the pain that fills a body
that is a damaged body
exists in other worlds
countless other worlds
each of which stands alone in an infinite empty blackness
for which no words have been conceived
and where no voices are able to speak
when a brain is filled only with damaged thoughts
when a damaged body is filled only with pain
and stands alone in a world surrounded by infinite empty blackness
and exists in a world for which there is no special plan

when everyone you have ever loved is finally gone
when everything you have ever wanted is finally done with
when all of your nightmares are for a time obscured
as by a shining brainless beacon
or a blinding eclipse of the many terrible shapes of this world
when you are calm and joyful
and finally entirely alone
then in a great new darkness
you will finally execute your special plan








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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #77 on: September 28, 2011, 10:14:33 PM »
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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #78 on: October 06, 2011, 10:36:08 PM »
Seductive, this is! I can imagine, why you love this poem (knowing your taste of music, well then you know). Anyway - it is very dark. Before I listened to the YouTube-Video I spoke it loudly to me and it reminded me to the lyrics of Anne Clark, who I really love. Dark as well and seductive, very seducctive. But isn't the key in the poem itself, like it says:
"the very words you speak are only its very words
and you talk like a traitor"
Isn't it that way, when you speak the poem and begin to let the waves and atmosphere of the words take you away? You traitor, only able to speak those very words, like I'm writing them down, like I'm doing now?

Traitor - that's really hard, especially for someone writing Ipoems, lyrics, like me)... makes me think of living in Paradise when receiving the grace of having no words to listen to, no words, having to be uttered...
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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #79 on: October 12, 2011, 11:41:06 PM »
Yes! You really nailed that.

Also, the line

"...the supreme insanity
that there are persons of any kind
when all there can be is mindless mirrors"

This and the sequence about

"the moment of consummate disaster
my puppets turn to face the puppet master"

speak of a tragical objective consciousness of oneself. A perspective from outside, seeing oneself like all humans - as an animal and an automaton. This consciousness is normally hidden by the inner, idiosyncratic perspective. Therefore, "seeing the truth" or knowing all must result in disaster as one is brutally alienated from oneself.
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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #80 on: February 21, 2012, 03:59:45 PM »
My favourite modernist poem:


The Idea of Order at Key West
Wallace Stevens

She sang beyond the genius of the sea.
The water never formed to mind or voice,
Like a body wholly body, fluttering
Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion
Made constant cry, caused constantly a cry,
That was not ours although we understood,
Inhuman, of the veritable ocean.

The sea was not a mask. No more was she.
The song and water were not medleyed sound
Even if what she sang was what she heard,
Since what she sang was uttered word by word.
It may be that in all her phrases stirred
The grinding water and the gasping wind;
But it was she and not the sea we heard.

For she was the maker of the song she sang.
The ever-hooded, tragic-gestured sea
Was merely a place by which she walked to sing.
Whose spirit is this? we said, because we knew
It was the spirit that we sought and knew
That we should ask this often as she sang.
If it was only the dark voice of the sea
That rose, or even colored by many waves;
If it was only the outer voice of sky
And cloud, of the sunken coral water-walled,
However clear, it would have been deep air,
The heaving speech of air, a summer sound
Repeated in a summer without end
And sound alone. But it was more than that,
More even than her voice, and ours, among
The meaningless plungings of water and the wind,
Theatrical distances, bronze shadows heaped
On high horizons, mountainous atmospheres
Of sky and sea.

                   It was her voice that made
The sky acutest at its vanishing.
She measured to the hour its solitude.
She was the single artificer of the world
In which she sang. And when she sang, the sea,
Whatever self it had, became the self
That was her song, for she was the maker. Then we,
As we beheld her striding there alone,
Knew that there never was a world for her
Except the one she sang and, singing, made.

Ramon Fernandez, tell me, if you know,
Why, when the singing ended and we turned
Toward the town, tell why the glassy lights,
The lights in the fishing boats at anchor there,
As the night descended, tilting in the air,
Mastered the night and portioned out the sea,
Fixing emblazoned zones and fiery poles,
Arranging, deepening, enchanting night.

Oh! Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon,
The maker's rage to order words of the sea,
Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred,
And of ourselves and of our origins,
In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds
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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #81 on: February 21, 2012, 07:12:00 PM »
My favourite modernist poem:


The Idea of Order at Key West
Wallace Stevens

She sang beyond the genius of the sea.
The water never formed to mind or voice,
Like a body wholly body, fluttering
Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion
Made constant cry, caused constantly a cry,
That was not ours although we understood,
Inhuman, of the veritable ocean.

The sea was not a mask. No more was she.
The song and water were not medleyed sound
Even if what she sang was what she heard,
Since what she sang was uttered word by word.
It may be that in all her phrases stirred
The grinding water and the gasping wind;
But it was she and not the sea we heard.

For she was the maker of the song she sang.
The ever-hooded, tragic-gestured sea
Was merely a place by which she walked to sing.
Whose spirit is this? we said, because we knew
It was the spirit that we sought and knew
That we should ask this often as she sang.
If it was only the dark voice of the sea
That rose, or even colored by many waves;
If it was only the outer voice of sky
And cloud, of the sunken coral water-walled,
However clear, it would have been deep air,
The heaving speech of air, a summer sound
Repeated in a summer without end
And sound alone. But it was more than that,
More even than her voice, and ours, among
The meaningless plungings of water and the wind,
Theatrical distances, bronze shadows heaped
On high horizons, mountainous atmospheres
Of sky and sea.

                   It was her voice that made
The sky acutest at its vanishing.
She measured to the hour its solitude.
She was the single artificer of the world
In which she sang. And when she sang, the sea,
Whatever self it had, became the self
That was her song, for she was the maker. Then we,
As we beheld her striding there alone,
Knew that there never was a world for her
Except the one she sang and, singing, made.

Ramon Fernandez, tell me, if you know,
Why, when the singing ended and we turned
Toward the town, tell why the glassy lights,
The lights in the fishing boats at anchor there,
As the night descended, tilting in the air,
Mastered the night and portioned out the sea,
Fixing emblazoned zones and fiery poles,
Arranging, deepening, enchanting night.

Oh! Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon,
The maker's rage to order words of the sea,
Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred,
And of ourselves and of our origins,
In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds

!!!



Even Cannizzaro reaction is better than poetry. And it's a well-known fact that Akoss Poo and I really-really hate Cannizzaro reaction! ;D
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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #82 on: February 22, 2012, 01:50:05 PM »
One day, there was a surprise chemistry test on aldehydes and ketones when we were second year grammar school students. I managed to write my worst ever secondary school test: 20%, which meant a 1 for me, the worst mark here in Hungary (40% would have been needed to get a 2). Among the exercises, there was a difficult one with the application of Cannizzaro reaction hidden in it. (Average grammar school students don't learn about Cannizzaro reaction, but we were specialized in Chemistry, so we had to know it.) Since the test wasn't announced on the previous lesson and I had not learnt anything (because I was in love head over heels with a girl hopelessly), I had no idea how to solve this exercise. CTG also performed badly (though he was not as bad as me), which led to the fact that we really-really hate Cannizzaro reaction, as CTG mentioned.
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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #83 on: February 22, 2012, 01:57:39 PM »
This topic is really difficult. I love poetry but English poems are hard to read as the understanding of poems needs of course more than just understanding the words. Thus I'm more into German poems.  :)

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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #84 on: February 22, 2012, 02:06:01 PM »
My favourite German poem is of course "Hymnen an die Nacht". After that probably something from Rilke. And everything in Der Himmel über Berlin. What are yours?
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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #85 on: December 29, 2012, 11:44:16 AM »
Where are "Poetry Fanats 2009", "Poetry Fanats 2010", "Poetry Fanats 2011" and "Poetry Fanats 2012" topics? :D
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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #86 on: December 30, 2012, 11:42:56 AM »
Ars longa, vita brevis.
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Poetry Fanats 2015
« Reply #87 on: February 11, 2015, 03:41:43 PM »
But the 25 months long silence is... uhm... disappointing? ;D
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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #88 on: February 11, 2015, 04:43:04 PM »
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Re: Poetry Fanats 2008
« Reply #89 on: May 07, 2017, 01:17:03 PM »
I had a wow moment with this:


the hours rise up putting off stars and it is
dawn
into the street of the sky light walks scattering poems

on earth a candle is
extinguishes the city
wakes
with a song upon her
mouth having death in her eyes

and it is dawn
the world
goes forth to murder dreams…

i see in the street where strong
men are digging bread
and i see the brutal faces of
people contented hideous hopeless cruel happy

and it is day,

in the mirror
i see a frail
man
dreaming
dreams
dreams in the mirror

and it
is dusk on earth

a candle is lighted
and it is dark.
the people are in their houses
the frail man is in his bed
the city

sleeps with death upon her mouth having a song in her eyes
the hours descend
putting on stars…

in the street of the sky night walks scattering poems


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