The Kingdom of Boredom

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 in Michael Simon, Shared Inspirations | One Comment

“Life, friends, is boring.” – Henry [John Berryman’s The Dreamsongs] The fairy tale always ends with the achievement of kingdom, just as Christmas stories end at Christmas, at the height of joy. What comes after, when we’ve gotten what we’ve sought, is a story we abhor, as we know what we have we can’t keep […]

Winterlong by the Pixies

“I waited for you, Winterlong You seem to be where I belong. It’s all illusion anyway.” – Neil Young

After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes by Emily Dickinson

After great pain a formal feeling comes– The nerves sit ceremonious like tombs; The stiff Heart questions–was it He that bore? And yesterday–or centuries before? The feet, mechanical, go round A wooden way Of ground, or air, or ought, Regardless grown, A quartz contentment, like a stone. This is the hour of lead Remembered if […]

The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Michael Simon, Poetry, Shared Inspirations | No Comments

  The Snow Man One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the boughs Of the pine-trees crusted with snow; And have been cold a long time To behold the junipers shagged with ice, The spruces rough in the distant glitter Of the January sun; and not to think Of any […]

Musical Inspiration from Michael Simon by The The

“Tears may blind the eyes but the soul is not deceived In this world even winter ain’t what it seems Here come the blue skies Here comes springtime When the rivers run high & the tears run dry When everything that dies Shall rise.” – The The

A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud

translated by Bertrand Mathieu A while back, if I remember right, my life was one long party where all hearts were open wide, where all wines kept flowing. One night, I sat Beauty down on my lap.—And I found her galling.—And I roughed her up. I armed myself against justice. I ran away. O witches, […]

Love After Love by Derek Walcott

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Meredith Kay, Poetry, Shared Inspirations | No Comments

Love After Love The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to […]

A Winter Eden by Robert Frost

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in David Hess, Poetry, Shared Inspirations | No Comments

A Winter Eden A winter garden in an alder swamp, Where conies now come out to sun and romp, As near a paradise as it can be And not melt snow or start a dormant tree. It lifts existence on a plane of snow One level higher than the earth below, One level nearer heaven […]

For/From Lew by Gary Snyder

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Kyrie Amos, Poetry, Shared Inspirations, Video | 2 Comments

“Lew Welch just turned up one day, live as you and me. “Damn, Lew” I said, “you didn’t shoot yourself after all.” “Yes I did” he said, and even then I felt the tingling down my back. “Yes you did, too” I said—”I can feel it now.” “Yeah” he said, “There’s a basic fear between […]