Month: July 2010

Danger on the rocks

Siren Song BY MARGARET ATWOOD This is the one song everyone would like to learn: the song that is irresistible:   the song that forces men to leap overboard in squadrons even though they see the beached skulls   the song nobody knows because anyone who has heard it is dead, and the others can’t […]

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Bad judgment at the airport

    The Overhead Rack  By John Updike Worst of all, and most hated by me
 as I sit docilely crammed into my seat,
 crammed and strapped like a psychotic in restraints, are these bland-faced complacent graduates 
of business school, trained to give each other 
and the rest of the poor world the business,
 who […]

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Congratulations, Mr. Merwin

  poem is taped to trashcan Yesterday By W.S. Merwin   My friend says I was not a good son you understand I say yes I understand                                              – he says I did not go to see my parents very often you know and I say yes I know                                             – even when I was […]

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Out-running the storm

Lot’s Wife by Anna Akhmatova And the just man trailed God’s shining agent, over a black mountain, in his giant track, while a restless voice kept harrying his woman: “It’s not too late, you can still look back – at the red towers of your native Sodom, the square where once you sang, the spinning-shed, […]

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