Category Philosophy

Are the commandments always the same?

“The shoe Forks Lightening And Thunder From the Mountain While two hands full Of sentences, indeterminate in duration, Count them, One for each finger (But nothing for my toes) Come tumbling down Down, Down softly to float on undivided waters To fill our pillows And to make tickings in our ears. They need neither stone […]

Break fast, the morning, mourning meal

“Breakfast But the words ran together Leaving him without their meaning Or intent. A scrambled egg and a mother’s milk, Some caffeine to jangle the sensibility; One screaming head line Inked To act as spur Set him afoot and restless in our Common world. “Would we really know ourselves?” Here, shake hands with the devil. […]

Memory scratched at his closed eyes

“Memory scratched at his closed eyes And growled through his sleep; But weeping was a year or so away. Carefully he released the blinds, And reaching for the cancer stick, Lit it And puffed himself into the day. Another one.” Mornings, alone are always the same. We slip into routines, and there is no one […]

The Painted Mirror

The Painted Mirror “The room surrounded him: Objects of desire Obtained by firing his imagination And hiring in its stead A head of numbers and receipts.” We are not designed to live alone, and in fact we don’t. Our efficiency, one room and a half apartment, holds our costumes and our play things, and we […]

The adolescent poet no longer

section one of the Hunched Man is concluded. The next blog will begin section two: the Painted Mirror

The Bright One

a meeting of minds

He seeped into himself

We are often lonely together

He hunched himself

“He hunched himself against the corner where wall meets floor, where morning meets night, where fight meets flight, and paralysis becomes the oasis in the desert of everlasting day.” The isolation room is where psychiatric patients are placed when their behavior on the ward is  seen and experienced by the staff as too threatening to […]

From the Hunched Man, page 3

my discover that we die

Orthodoxy in Public

In this morning’s Washington Post, Amanda Bennett has written an article on bias that is well worth reading. She raises the question, and fuels it with strong and reasonable “what ifs” regarding the interaction of certain religious orthodoxies that in our daily public life are experienced by women as prejudicial. That was her focus, and […]