“The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusions may remain inviolate.”
– Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, 1620
Translated by Stanley Kunitz and Max Hayward
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,
at the empty windows set in the tall house
where sons and daughters blessed your marriage-bed.”
A single glance: a sudden dart of pain
stitching her eyes before she made a sound . . .
Her body flaked into transparent salt,
and her swift legs rooted to the ground.
Who will grieve for this woman? Does she not seem
too insignificant for our concern?
Yet in my heart I never will deny her,
who suffered death because she chose to turn.
Tour de Force performances in 1980s cinema:
1. Harry Dean Stanton in Paris, Texas
2. John Hurt in The Elephant Man
3. Bob Hoskins in Mona Lisa
4. Bruno Ganz in Wings of Desire
5. Christopher Walken in The Dead Zone
Unbelievable But Real Film Title of the Week:
Deep Bruise (1994)
Invaluable Fact of the Week:
The Poison Arrow frog contains enough poison to kill 2,200 people.
This week’s town you really have to visit:
Ass Hill (Newfoundland, Canada)
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E-Verse collective noun of the week:
A stripe of zebras
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All’s right again with the U-verse.
We can click back on in ernest —
Though Pluto’s gone it’s still best.
Nothing much rhymes with “filbert”
But we can still rely on Hilbert!
“Thank goodness for E-Verse, after all these months, I did think I would never see your work again. I can’t begin to tell you how much I missed not seeing your work in my inbox each morning. Please, please do not just disappear like that again and never for as long as you have been away. Though, I am sure after all that time of working as hard as you do, there must have been some joy to be found not getting the poetry word out to us every day. Thanks for choosing to return.”
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Oh fraptious day! Caloo, Calay!
At long last!
May the force be with you.
Top Five Concerns I Had About the Absence of E-Verse:
5. Is my email working?
4. Is Ernie OK?
3. Will I be subpoenaed?
2. Where will I get daily poetry from?
1. Will I wake up next to Suzanne Plesshette and find out it was all just a dream?
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[Many, many thanks. Glad to be back. Thank you very much. – E]
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