[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"

Vittorio
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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.

  C&c.

  ***


  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. 
  ***





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Charles L. Sligh
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slighcl at wfu.edu
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