Friday, August 10, 2007

These two asleep . . . (8-7-07)

27,000 Miles by Albert Goldbarth 

These two asleep . . . so indrawn and compact,
like lavish origami animals returned

to slips of paper once again; and then
the paper once again become a string

of pith, a secret that the plant hums to itself . . . .
You see? — so often we envy the grandiose, the way

those small toy things of Leonardo's want to be
the great, air-conquering and miles-eating

living wings
they're modeled on.  And the bird flight is

amazing: simultaneously strength,
escape, caprice: the Artic tern completes

its trip of nearly 27,000 miles every year;
a swan will frighten bears away

by angry aerial display of flapping wingspan.
But it isn't all flight; they also

fold; and at night on the water or in the eaves
they package their bodies

into their bodies, smaller, and deeply
smaller yet: migrating a similar distance

 in the opposite direction.

there is no theme here...i just read that poem and wanted to share it. i saw the first five lines quoted by themselves and i like it that way, perhaps more than in its entirety.

the internet does precious little to stave off loneliness these days. i'm pretty sure that this is my fault. i'd probably also be better off turning to real, live, people for this service.

my grandma is full of great memories about my family's history. the ones that interest me most are the cute little things that we all did when we were kids and have long since forgotten. she told me an awesome one yesterday about my mom's cousin herkey. when he was quite young, he gave his mother a box of chocolates for no apparent reason. when she opened the box, all of the chocolates had been eaten and little herkey proudly proclaimed, "i surprised you with none chocolates!" i love it sooo much!
i have a terrible, really really bad is a little depressing to think how many of these things will die with grammie when she goes. i hope someone in my generation is able to call up these sorts of tidbits when i am old. who will be the scribe, mental or not, of our generation?

i got a new phone and it kicks all the ass. i had my amazing 6230 for two years and it was still a better phone than any i had seen in stores. finally, one came along that topped it. i am totally in phone heaven.

i know that you're here for the music, so here is a list i cribbed directly from Vertigo's (of Peanut's Playground) top 25 albums of all time (though doing the tables took enough time that you should all be thankful.) i left the 12 that i most wanted to share, and what is left is a pretty good haul for anyone willing to do the downloading.
they should work, though many of them require more than one step.

Nirvana – Nevermind
Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

Joanna Newsom – Ys

Joanna Newsom – Ys (2006)

Radiohead - Kid A
Radiohead - Ok Computer (1997)

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (2005)

Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism
Death Cab For Cutie –Transatlanticism (2003)

Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea(1998)

The Postal Service - Give Up
The Postal Service - Give Up (2003)

The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow (2003)

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds(1966)

Beatles - Abbey Road
The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)

Jeff Buckley – Grace
Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)

thanks for stopping by. if you are bored, send me a text message...i love getting them now that i have unlimited texts and an awesome phone.