Breathing Space: ruminations on veiling and unveiling the rent –

It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.
William Carlos Williams, Asphodel

Wired – perhaps inadvertently, we’ve all been yoked together: witnesses to tragedies of unprecedented magnitude unfolding right before our very globally networked eyes. Specifically, advances in technology have allowed us to gawk in common at the spectacle of Charlie Sheen’s public broadcast of his up-to-the-minute state of mind, until that flamed out and was supplanted in our fascination with live coverage of the 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.

March Madness — with the advent of Daylight Savings Time (March 13), the full moon’s 18-year cyclical lunar perigee (March 19) and the Vernal Equinox (March 20) squeezing in on an already full calendar, it’s no wonder some have nicknamed the concomitant phenomena “global weirding.” There’s an Irish proverb that says, “The best mirror is a friend’s eye.” In an effort to offer a wee bit of recognition, and perhaps even a brief respite from “all the news that’s fit” to broadcast live, on national television, I give you two poems to consider: the first, “Devastating Romance” on the tragedy of “twisters” —

Devastating Romance Hits Oklahoma

"Devastating Romance Hits Oklahoma" Anne Yale. 2009. Forced Air.

and the second, by way of linkage, on those larger tragedies (courtesy of Mother Nature) which serve to remind us how connected we really already are, even without hand-held devices, broadcast media, or cell towers —


"Apotheosis" Anne Yale. 2010. Thrust air.


And we have lift-off: Can you hear me now?





2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Jim! Glad to be of service!


  2. Posted by jim hodge on March 13, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for access to the Super Moon discussion. Luv your stuff. Jim


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