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Poetry Mixtape for July 2013


Wow been a while hey? Anyway here’s a bunch of poems I’ve found on the internodes that me likey.

Alex Skovron – The Rearrangement

Inside each field the books will be arranged
by Height, or Alphabet, or Colour – I’m not sure yet:
some years the undersystem doesn’t quite emerge
till well beyond the Rearrangement.

This is a fantastic poem about rearranging bookshelves that will appeal to anyone who’s ever filled a bookshelf, or anyone with even the slightest amount of OCD. The poem itself is a rearrangment, each of the fifteen stanzas that follow the initial 15-line stanza finishing with a line from the first stanza so that if you read the last lines of stanzas 2-16 in order it recreates the first stanza of the poem. It’s a great formal detail that doesn’t distract from the rest of the poem, instead lying in wait for observant readers to appreciate. So I guess I’ve totally spoiled that, then.

Bob Hicok – Other Lives and Dimensions and Finally a Love Poem

I like the idea of different

theres and elsewheres, an Idaho known for bluegrass,
a Bronx where people talk
like violets smell. Perhaps I am somewhere patient, somehow
kind, perhaps in the nook

of a cousin universe I’ve never defiled or betrayed

He’s talking about left and right hands and then all of a sudden you realise he’s actually talking about the death of a partner and parallel universes and it’s all really clever and funny and then there’s those two last lines that make you go “awwww…” and how often do we get to say THAT about poems these days?

Klare Lanson – Seduction of the Cloud Mistress (for Mrs. Matthews)

Those puny dirty
little man made creeks

normally trickle out of the balding hills;
sad sauntering through town, they
rose like full version Angry Birds
Sonic Titan ravaged earth.
No hopeful moon no shining sun
the rocks wet and sloppy.

A flood poem by Ms. K. Lanson, a favourite around these parts, retelling the tragedy of the flood that drowned a woman and her baby in her own home while her neighbour escaped to safety. Beautiful and dangerous, this one. Kind of like water when there’s too much of it.

Tracy Ryan – Mother Tongues

I pull on the tip and up
comes a whole scarf, colourful,

knotted to others and
not about to stop, a magical

evisceration but I want
all of you, things you have

names for that aren’t
seen here: Zwiebelturm,

Trachten, Bergbahn…

There’s a lot happening in this poem – so much detail and interesting “note for further research” stuff, from tricking spies into giving themselves away by doing their times tables to the German word for rosehip jam, all wrapped up in a love poem, which would make two for this particular mixtape.

The Triffids – Hometown Farewell Kiss

Now I drive familiar smoky streets
I know this town, I know where to turn
All the while I kept a road map in my head
I just came back to see the people and their houses burn

I was reading a friend’s Facebook post about almost going to her high school reunion until she remembered how everyone at her high school was a shithead. I dedicate the lyrics of this, one of my many favourite Triffids songs, to her.

new ways to procrastinate, unabashed

Musical Interlude: Unabashed vol. 26

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I commute. I commute to a different city. Only three days a week, but still. It’s a bike ride, then an hour-ten-minimum intercity train ride and then another ten-fifteen-minute suburban train ride to the office. Same again at the end of the day, but in reverse, of course. And to get to work on time I need to start the morning commute at around 6am. This can be a bit of a downer sometimes, especially in the cold, dark depths of winter. So to keep the mood chipper over the years I’ve complied a series of the most upbeat, fun, singalongable mood-altering pop songs I can lay my hands on as a kind of audio prozac antidote for the early morning commute.

With the launch of the delightful 8tracks last year, a tracklist-sharing service that isn’t beholden to the service’s own library of music, I am now able to inflict these mixes – which go under the series name “Unabashed” – upon the internet proper. I’ve held off for a while but you know? Fuck it. Here’s a dose of Unabashed vol. 26 for you and your ear-holes.

One caveat: there may be cheese in your future if you choose to press play. But it’s glorious cheese. Just relax and go with it.

So you can listen to it right here or you can head over to 8tracks – whatever floats. And here’s the track listing, just so you know what to expect:

  1. Theme from Magnum P.I. – Mike Post & Pete Carpenter
  2. I Pop A Shot – They Might Be Giants
  3. Speedball – Adam WarRock
  4. Mixed Bizness (Cornelius remix) – Beck
  5. Resurrect – Self
  6. Kill Your Television – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
  7. Pure And Simple – Lightning Seeds
  8. Band On The Run – Paul McCartney & Wings
  9. Come On Eileen –  Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  10. For Nancy – Pete Yorn
  11. Helpless – Sugar
  12. Heavy Metal Drummer – Wilco
  13. Forever And Ever Amen – The Drums
  14. Amnesia – Machine Translations
  15. An Argument With Myself – Jens Lekman
  16. Porcupine Eating A Carrot – Parry Gripp
  17. The Perfect Kiss – New Order
  18. When You Were Mine – Prince
  19. A Trick of the Light – The Triffids
  20. I Will Possess Your Heart – Death Cab For Cutie
  21. The Mate Ship – Casey Benetto (from Keating The Musical)