Linkspam, 8/30/13 Edition

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August 30, 2013

Little tiny poot from that little tiny spout / Bumblebee sneezes and it drowns it out

In which is desired a Derriere – Wondermark, by David Malki !

Linkspam, ho!

Finally, I awoke this morning to news that one of my favorite poets, Seamus Heaney, had died. Here’s my favorite poem by him from his 1975 collection, North.

Punishment

I can feel the tug
of the halter at the nape
of her neck, the wind
on her naked front.

It blows her nipples
to amber beads,
it shakes the frail rigging
of her ribs.

I can see her drowned
body in the bog,
the weighing stone,
the floating rods and boughs.

Under which at first
she was a barked sapling
that is dug up
oak-bone, brain-firkin:

her shaved head
like a stubble of black corn,
her blindfold a soiled bandage,
her noose a ring

to store
the memories of love.
Little adulteress,
before they punished you

you were flaxen-haired,
undernourished, and your
tar-black face was beautiful.
My poor scapegoat,

I almost love you
but would have cast, I know,
the stones of silence.
I am the artful voyeuur

of your brain’s exposed
and darkened combs,
your muscles’ webbing
and all your numbered bones:

I who have stood dumb
when your betraying sisters,
cauled in tar,
wept by the railings,

who would connive
in civilized outrage
yet understand the exact
and tribal, intimate revenge.

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2 Comments

  1. Selki

    Oh, I love that period writing.
    Also, for a pope, I like Francis. “If he wanted to get bored, he would have called a government minister.”
    That phone game might be fun to play with the right crowd. Write-up writing was entertaining.

  2. Wendell McKay

    That whole Jamie Oliver thing still floors me. There’s been some interesting discussion over at Lawyers, Guns and Money about overwork (stemming from the recent death of a finance intern in London) and that Strike article really puts it into a little more perspective.

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