Random Thoughts, Early May Edition:
- I just read about this guy, scientist and entrepreneur Joe Betts-Lacroix, who says the antiaging business is “an $8 billion industry of stuff that doesn’t work.”
- Maybe poets should write poems about anti-aging research. They may not work, but they’ll pay well.
- You know you’ve made it if you’re referred to by initials or one name only and people know who you are: Apollinaire, H.D., Sappho.
- Maybe I should take up the name “Craft.” OK, how about “Crafty”?
- Speaking of, the verb “craft” is having its moment in the writing industry.
- In a conversation with other poets, I agreed that Stephen King’s best book is not one of his many novels but the how-to/memoir mix, On Writing.
- Which begs the question: How is it that a voluminous author wins hosannahs by writing a book about being direct and to the point?
- Maybe we should ask Charles Dickens?
- (Maybe not.)
- I opened my copy of King’s book and found this line: “There’s a place in A Raisin in the Sun where a character cries out: ‘I want to fly! I want to touch the sun!’ to which his wife replies, ‘First eat your eggs.'”
- What a great metaphor that line about eating your eggs is.
- Also yet another way of echoing Thoreau’s timeless wisdom (only without the yolk): “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
- Don’t listen now, but I am working on podcasting my poems. Coming soon to a hyperlink near you: my voice.
- Why is it that our recorded voice never sounds like our real voice? I mean, who is this person?
- The corollary: Why is it that the person called “you” in a photograph never looks like the person called “you” in a mirror?
- A picture speaks a thousand words—999 of them unwelcome.
- In the word “poetry” are the words “Poe” and “try” and “pot” (going left to right). Poe also lurks in the word “onomatopoeia.”
- Crows and ravens are my favorite birds. So sue me.
- Speaking of “nevermore,” I interviewed an “ex-poet” who gave up the practice because he was disillusioned with the whole business of art (or the whole art of business, if you prefer). By the end of the interview, I called him Dr. No, to which he said, “Yes.”
- When I clear out my bookshelf for library sales, I always leave the poetry books be. I think the Beatles wrote a song about this: “Let It Be.”
- When I give away books to friends, I always leave the poetry books be, even poetry books I don’t particularly care for and will never read again.
- My friends don’t read poetry books.
- Like spring colds, it’s going around.
- Every published poet’s secret favorite quote: “I’ve had it with these cheap sons of bitches who claim they love poetry but never buy a book.” Thus spake Kenneth Rexroth.
- Speaking of quotes, James Tate is always good for a laugh: “Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing.”
- Life needs editing, too. Which tells you something.
- All of us should have at least one poem memorized. All of us should be able to answer, “What’s the last great poem you read?”
- All of us have some work to do. (What else is new?)
4 thoughts on “Another One of Those “Random Thoughts” Posts…”
How exciting! I’m looking forward to the launch of your podcast, Ken! As for poetry books, I don’t get rid of those, either. I do occasionally share them with my son who is a fellow lover of poetry, and even dabbles at writing it. I was in your neck of the woods visiting him last weekend and enjoyed spending time in The Brattle Book Shop. That long drive, though! It made your train ride seem enticing.
I may have to splurge on a better microphone. You know what they say: Better mic, better voice. And yes, if you’re battling metro D.C. and NYC en route to New England, make it a train!
I don’t give away from my poetry collection either because they are the souls that try men’s time. Thinking required.
Rhetorical device, there!