[ilds] the occasional angel & the ladder of alcohol

Vittorio Celentano vcel at ix.netcom.com
Tue Apr 29 09:16:02 PDT 2008

Yorick reminds me of one episode (Top Billing) in the tv series "Tales from the Crypt"

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  Given my sense that we are groping along in a blind fog, trying locate and glimpse some 'Durrell as he really was,' I will make a few posts in the cause of recalling the very different ways other poets have recollected Lawrence Durrell.  

  Durrell would have said it, and did say it, I think, via Pursewarden:  Durrell is our Yorick, and his books are the teasing skull left for us to flesh out with with memory and passions and desires and doubts.

  I hope that the list enjoys this little anthology of Durrelliana, and I look forward to reading your responses.



  Fraser, G. S.
  Monologue for a Cairo Evening 
  [excerpted from Poems of G. S. Fraser (1981) -- I have taken this from the LION database and have tried to clean up the errors]
  (To John Waller)

  Cario was full of characters. I shall
  Remember Larry stocky against a bar,
  The round face and the tartan scarf, looking
  Like a jovial commercial traveller,

  Talking like the occasional angel who descends
  By the ladder of alcohol to the banal rocks
  Of the wars we do not start: and cannot justify
  But how the psyche cushions all its shocks,

  Benign euphoria above the glasses,
  A whiff of whiskey and a melody,
  Vanishing up into another country:
  O, what rough beast crawls to the Embassy? 

  Leaving a plot for a story: leaving a shocker
  To sell for sixpence at the chemist's stores,
  Describing six neuroses at six a penny
  Seeking in one labyrinth six minotaurs ...

  The flowers that grew out of my brandy-glass
  Were all a gully-gully trick. The faces
  That looked at me with sideways sliding eyes
  The bar's perspective kept within their places. 

Charles L. Sligh
Department of English
Wake Forest University
slighcl at wfu.edu


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