Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Steinbeck

We are one, this strange man across time and I

We see the arid lands and the poppies

They way they were meant to be seen

The way God planted them

The solitude in desert magic and soft cool of distant mountains

The words wrap my heart

In a nostalgic seeming fog

And the fog is always just a little further off

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  1. Wow, you like Steinbeck. I feel the same way about Shakespeare.

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    1. I do, but it's mainly because the part of California he writes about is where I grew up. I do like his actual writing though. And I love Shakespeare too.

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  2. You know, I've never read anything by Steinbeck.

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    1. Sad...you should! The beginning of East of Eden had me in SHOCK it was so good. His descriptive powers are outrageous.

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  3. Shakespeare is a man after my own heart. I can relate to how many of his characters think. For instance, there was this girl at school that I had a thing fore. I remmember envying the chair that she sat on, the clothes that hugged her body, the pen that she chewed on. Then when I first read Romeo's envying the glive that touched Juliets face. I knew exacly how he felt. Brilliant stuff.

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    1. Hahaha! That's awesome. Yes, true word masters can sum up very well the feelings of a moment. The ability to do this should transcend time and geography.

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  4. I haven't read Steinbeck either.

    I like this... connection because of place. :)

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    1. Well, no time like the present! haha

      Thanks. It's so true! The beginning of East of Eden I was just reading it and thinking, "Oh my word! I know what you're talking about!!"

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  5. I saw the film East of Eden :-)

    But the poem reminds me of Woody Allen's new film a little, A Midnight in Paris.

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    1. Oh my word! I am destined to see this film. I keep hearing about it everywhere.

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    2. It's quite fabulous. One of Allen's better newer movies I would argue.

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  6. I liked this:-)
    Where in oregon are you? I live just outside of Portland

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    1. Thank you.
      I also don't get specific about the exact whereabouts of me. I like to preserve SOME mystery. And you know...this is the internet. :-)

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    2. lol, not fishing;-) I am not to worried about people finding me...I guess that is a guy thing, and PDX is a big place.

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    3. No problem. It might be a guy thing. :-)

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  7. "The solitude in desert magic" is a phenomenal line.

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  8. I really love your poetry. This is p[robably my personal fav. I was perusing blogs on blogger and happened upon yours. I would love to follow your blog if I may. Feel free to follow mine as well. I look forward to reading more of your work!

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  9. Man! You are really, REALLY good!!! I was so completely overwhelmed with the imagery that I swooning by the end- literally (the exact same feeling I got three or four years ago after reading Perseus by Robert Hayden).

    You are one of my favorite contemporary poets, no lie ...

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    1. It's hard to be objective about your own writing (I'm sure you know this). One must either be too pompous (and risk being brought down) or too humble (and risk being annoying). I like to err on the side of humility though and say, I'm swooning over such undeserved praise. haha!

      Thank you, really. You are very kind. I do enjoy the feedback.

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