Saturday, May 15, 2010
The Polari Bible
1 In the beginning Gloria created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was nanti form, and void; and munge was upon the eke of the deep. And the fairy of Gloria trolled upon the eke of the aquas.
3 And Gloria cackled, Let there be sparkle: and there was sparkle.
4 And Gloria vardad the sparkle, that it was bona: and Gloria medzered the sparkle from the munge...
Posted by Peter at 1:36 PM
re-visit Aestheticism and Loyalty: Basil Bunting's Response to World War II
I criticize a machine by nearly the same criteria as I do a work of art. A Lee-Enfield rifle, a Hotchkiss machine gun, have nothing superfluous nor fussy about them. They are utterly simple - having reached that simplicity via complication and sophistication galore. The kind of people who, if they had literary minds at all, would like euphemism or trickiness, prefer Lewis guns or Remington or Ross rifles. My machine-gun is a Hotchkiss and I feel toward it something similar in kind to what I feel for Egyptian sculpture . I think Holbein or Bach or Praxiteles, as well as Alexander, would have appreciated a Hotchkiss gun...
Posted by Peter at 12:34 PM
Friday, May 14, 2010
Solitude, Exile and Ecstasy--interesting transcript of a "radio music-drama" (from original sources) devised by Bruce Charlton, about solitude, Thoreau, Hugh MacDiarmid & Glenn Gould...
'I have a commonplace book for facts
And another for poetry,
But I find it difficult always
To preserve the vague distinctions I had in mind
- for the most interesting and beautiful facts
Are so much the more poetry,
And that is their success.
- I see that if my facts
Were sufficiently vital and significant,
Perhaps transmuted more
Into the substance of the human mind,
I should need but one book of poetry
To contain them all!’
Posted by Peter at 7:44 PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
How Conny Black and Izzy Asper Plotted to Control Canadian News Biz
"This isn't the end of a deal, it is only the beginning of the real
deal," Asper enthused in a fax to Black days after his CanWest Global
Communications bought Southam. "The possibilities are truly awesome and
Posted by Peter at 11:38 AM
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
fine essay on HUGH MACDIARMID, SCOTLAND’S REVOLUTIONARY POET
We must be humble. We are so easily baffled by appearances
And do not realize that these stones are one with the stars.
It makes no difference to them whether they are high or low,
Mountain peak or ocean floor, palace, or pigsty.
There are plenty of ruined buildings in the world but no ruined
No visitor comes from the stars
But is the same as they are...
Posted by Peter at 7:01 AM