now to neil young's living with war
& it's a good one ...
maybe even great ... for the way he keeps it nuanced away from
a raw blaze striking out against everything that doesn't fit a
certain p.o.v. ... instead he tries & mostly succeeds in keeping
his finger on the stuff most people actually want ... like peace
& dignity & justice & freedom ... here's a bit from the uk telegraph
he could write and sing a song titled Let's Impeach the President
without sounding like a pompous berk, a feat abetted on this occasion
by some poignant flurries from the Mexican trumpets and a number
of choice cut-ups sampled from Bush's public pronouncements.
... and those horns are sweet
...and that chorus doing america the beautiful at the end is alone
worth the price of admission
what incited that last thought ... i'm trying to re-certify ...
submitted my "statement of assurance" (don't ask) about
a month ago & now wait & wait for approval and permission to pay
my 25 bucks for a five-year certificate ... but nothing comes
... it's got to go through the lake county regional office of
education ... but here's the weird thing ... the other day in
the mail arrives this notice from the WILL county regional office
of education ... down in joliet (where i worked seven years ago)
... and they're telling me to send THEM the 25 bucks ... what
the hell ... cutting in on lake county's business? ... it appears
that the bureacrats don't actually know one end from the other
... you think?
... what's taking them
books from my
...Sleeping on the Wing : An
Anthology of Modern Poetry with Essays on Reading and Writing
by Kenneth Koch (ed.)
Spiritual exercises by
Wrong: Stories by Dennis Cooper
where else would koch, rahner,
and cooper get to rub elbows, knock back a cold one, & trade scarey
where else do i get
to display so clearly my profound confusion?
o ... here
... while these seniors are organizing their thoughts
about the meanings of beckett's endgame
i'll mention that
dom & i had a close encounter with the local skunk this morning
on our walk ... we saw it as we approached the back of the science
wing ... we clapped our hands ... i picked up a stick to throw
... it seemed to scurry away ... a bit ... but as we were about
to turn the corner there it is ... hunkered down tail up right
at the edge of the building three feet away ... we moved quickly
back ... unsprayed ... reversed course and walked the long way
around ... but were kind of skittish the rest of the walk ...
skunk? no, treestump ... skunk? no, old can ... skunk?