Link Anthology

  1. “He said I wrote about Death,” – Kim Dower
  2. “Change of Address” – Deborah Paredez
  3. “Sea Grapes” – Derek Walcott
  4. “Wife’s Disaster Manual” – Deborah Paredez
  5. “First Light” – Chen Chen
  6. “In the Museum of Lost Objects” – Rebecca Lindenberg
  7. “Blackout” – Margaret Fishback
  8. “Planetarium” – Adrienne Rich
  9. “Deception Story” – Solmaz Sharif
  10. “Maps” –  Yesenia Montilla
  11. “Constructive” – Heather McHugh
  12. “The Perfect Poem” – Kaveh Akbar
  13. “Studies Find” – Tallon Kennedy

When I went to look up for the website link for Derek Walcott. I found a lot of posts detailing the many accusations of sexual assault that he’s received. This is a pretty well-written article about it and about how we deal with separating the author from their work. Interestingly, Walcott’s Wikipedia page only makes a passing mention of the accusations.

In this respect, his politics is intersectional. And their approach was the same: To alter the reigning culture from within, to create a mirror that exposed its hypocrisies and prejudices, to make it their own. But by degrading women in his own life, Walcott falls into an intersectional trap, forcing one claim of liberty to be pitted against another.

Pretty amused that Deborah Paredez showed up in two different email lists but I liked both of her poems. Probably should check out a book of her’s sometime. I have apparently linked to Derek Walcott before but didn’t notice. I guess it’s also interesting that all the sexual assault allegations come up again after people die – the same thing happened to David Bowie.

#8 reminds me of my crappy experiments with shape poetry. I also really like the throwaway NOVA reference.

It really tickles me more than it should that triceratops showed up in #11.

Observe: MIT Libraries

This term, I became a student library worker in Hayden and the Library Storage Annex – making me a Hayden Maiden and part of the Annex Manics! Below are some compiled observations of my time there! Some are transcribed from Zephyr.

Cool Call Numbers (Library of Congress system):

  • GV1469 – Games and video games!
  • QA76.9.C66 – cyberculture  (which is amusingly surrounded by books about database structures and algorithms, as QA usually means “mathematics”)
  • P90 – new media overview
  • PN1988.3 – film studies
  • RC489.C – cognitive behavioral therapy
  • TX800-ish – food books, including the entire El Bulli catalog

Interesting Print Magazines:

  • Comics Journal – has lots of comics and does cool things with the medium, including printing upside down
  • Prairie Schooner – gorgeous bound literary journal

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Link Roundup

“Chop Suey” – Tongo – h/t Phil Arevalo for this. I don’t understand why this is a whole genre. Tongo has gotten famous from these really poor English translation covers, and it’s so strange.

I wonder if there’s something with Latin American culture that leads to this genre of nonsense songs. Tongo is from Peru while the infamous “Chacarron Macarron” comes from a Panamanian artist. The thing I like about Tongo more is that he puts a distinctive Hispanic twist to his songs and is very self aware of his ridiculousness rather than playing it straight.

“Here I Come” – Soul City – I found this song from a Youtube Grammarly commercial of all things. It’s 70’s motown enough to be real catchy (definitely getting cues from “Ain’t No Mountain” and the Supremes)

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Shel Silverstein

Idea on 11/3/16. Written up on 2/23/17. Queued since then.

Gather round for some kiddy lit creepiness!

Shel Silverstein anthologies are almost a prerequisite for any elementary school class. Yet, there was always something that unnerved me about Shel Silverstein’s work – mostly the Hunter Thompson / Ralph Steadman-esque pictures that accompanied his poems. Just compare the spindly line art and absurd imagery on this, this, this and this. From this, I wasn’t surprised to hear that apparently Shel Silverstein’s picture on the back of The Giving Tree apparently gave people nightmares, enough to even mention in The Giving Tree’s Wikipedia page! (I personally don’t remember this image).

However, these allegations of creepiness are more than just kids being unnerved.

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Link Anthology

  1. “Resume” – Dorothy Parker
  2. “Who Makes Love to Us After We Die” – Diana Marie Delgado
  3. “The Fist” – Derek Walcott
  4. “Thoughts While Walking” – Maxwell Bodenheim
  5. “In California: Morning, Evening, Late January” – Denise Levertov
  6. “At the Metropolitan Museum” – Matthew Siegel
  7. “Within Two Weeks the African American Poet Ross Gay is Mistaken for Both the African American Poet Terrance Hayes and the African American Poet Kyle Dargan, Not One of Whom Looks Anything Like the Others” – Ross Gay
  8. “Tomorrowland” – Megan Snyder-Camp

I’ve never seen “prose poems” before and I’m not sure if they really are a thing. For one, the emphasis and meaning seems as you scale the window and change line lengths. That seems like giving a lot of control over to the reader which I guess might be part of the point?

#4 and #5 just sound like poems I would write which is why I kinda selfishly like them.

I could have sworn I read #6 before, but that’s impossible since it’s from 2017.

I am a sucker for long title names. It carries beyond poems too, like “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” or the endless “It’s X But Everytime Y, Z happens” memes.

Parce Que Tu Crois

Idea on 11/20/16. Writeup on 11/20/16 and 1/20/17. Queued since then.

This is all a riff off of  “Parce Que Tu Crois” by Charles Aznavour.

I found the song originally because of looking more into Indila’s “Dernière Danse” which interpolates the theme in a really cool way. Apparently this song has gotten sampled quite a bit from a wide variety of genres – to me, there seems to be a surprising amount of hiphop, including Dr. Dre.

I’m not really sure why this clip is popular or notable enough to have a Wikipedia article written about it.  Comparatively, “Something’s Got a Hold On Me“, the Etta James, song which I’ve written about before, has much less commentary on Wikipedia about its sampling than “Parce Que Tu Crois” – only a brief mention in the intro paragraph.

I’m even more confused because it seems like most of the samples just take the horn beat of the song? Which is honestly really not that exciting at all? It’s honestly just dotted half note, two eighth notes, dotted half note, two eighth notes. I think the vocals combined with the beat is much more musically interesting, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Dr. Dre’s “What’s the Difference“, I think is particularly guilty of this. The horn back beat is really not that interesting and all they do is slow it down slightly to make a more gangster feel? I don’t know – I’m just really confused why they decided to sample this.

“Dirty Laundry” by Bitter:Sweet does a decent job of echoing the same classy swingy feel of the original, especially with the vocals, although they add a bit too many boops for my taste. Indila’s variation is still my favorite because she actually transforms the melody into a more modern-pop feel.

Stay musical, my friends.




Link Roundup

“Macklerena” – ideaot . How have I never heard this before.

Relistening to made me find some more high-quality stuff:

“Chambermaid Swing” – Parov Stelar . Lawrence was looking for dance choreos that he wanted to learn from and one of them was dancing to this swag song.

“Fighting Fish” – Dessa . She’s still awesome.

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