09 November 2010

Something Else I Like: Whale Sound

I've been enjoying Nic Sebastian's recordings of other people's poems at Whale Sound for the past month or so. Now I'm honored to be among the poets represented there. My poem "Landscape with Primary Colors" is posted there today—sandwiched between poems by J.P. Dancing Bear and Oliver de la Paz—and Nic's reading is beautiful. If you're reading this and have a minute or two, give it a listen. Then, check out some of the other great work, and spread the word about this awesome project.

Music at the moment: Sarah Jarosz, Song Up In Her Head

Something I Like: "Scrupulosity"

This week's poem at Linebreak is "Scrupulosity" by Dan O'Brien.

The poem includes the following lines, which I've been reading over and over.

                                   I’ll be working
for ages alone. I’m glad that he’s gone,
I breathe easier now. I work harder
now, too. On my knees, this monk whose fingers
ache for heaven.

I like how it doesn't say "working / alone for ages" and how that subtle difference shifts the meaning (or at least the emphasis). I can't help but see some elegy in that moment, a reading that leads to an ambiguity that makes me just a little bit uncomfortable at the same time that the speaker claims to "breathe easier."

I also like the word scrupulosity.

Music at the moment:  Arcade Fire, The Suburbs