THE TRAIN PICKS UP THE CROWD. AND ME.

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The Scarriet editor’s morning commute.

Do you care about others? Sucker.

Oscar Wilde’s father had three illegitimate children when he married Oscar’s mother—they were raised as cousins by other family members. Wilde’s family, Irish Catholic, was despised by the ruling Brits. Oscar Wilde had two children with a beautiful woman who was courted by Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.  Oscar Wilde’s U.S. tour made him famous and loved. The trial in England which ruined him was due to class, not homosexuality—Wilde threatened violence to an English aristocrat who left him a calling card with the word “sodomite” on it, seen by one other person; Wilde brought the slander suit, which sealed his doom, unable to see his wife or children at the end of his life.

My heavy thoughts keep my laughter aloft.

Islam and Feminism will fall in love and save mankind.

Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” is a poem—with discrete rhymes. Poetry has no public. Wait. It does. 143 million views on You Tube for “Video Games.”

I didn’t talk to you because I love you. Because I wanted to.

You’re so miserable, I can tell exactly what you’re thinking.

Happiness hides thoughts. Misery reveals them.

You don’t know someone by their mind. The mind is what you never know.

No one knows what anyone else is thinking. Happily.

Remember when the Rolling Stones were good?  “2,000 Light Years From Home”

I was at the Grolier bookstore in Harvard Square on the evening of February 17 for the SpoKe issue no. 4 reading, Kevin Gallagher, editor.  I have two pieces in the issue on Romanian poetry, one on the poet Dan Sociu—both solicited by Ben Mazer.

Jeff Bezos, owner of Washington Post, does business with the CIA, through Amazon—a recent $600 million contract. Holy crap.

Politics is hearsay, science observation.

 

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10 Comments

  1. noochinator said,

    February 25, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    “Do you care about others? Sucker.

    Caring about others can cause much pain—
    Nor does it do much for material gain.

  2. maryangeladouglas said,

    February 26, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Congratulations on your publication in the poetry journal Spoke, issue 4. Very glad to hear about that, Thomas Graves. I see that journal is purchasable online and look forward to reading your work there.

    • noochinator said,

      February 26, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Thanks for pointing that out, Mary — here’s the link to the webpage for purchase:

      http://www.lulu.com/shop/kevin-gallagher-and-karina-van-berkum-and-allison-vanouse/spoke-4/paperback/product-23055627.html#productDetails

      • maryangeladouglas said,

        March 6, 2017 at 3:10 pm

        Thank You!

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 27, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you, Mary. Yea, I’m pretty lucky, for a lazy poet.

      • maryangeladouglas said,

        March 6, 2017 at 3:11 pm

        I think you do the right thing focusing on writing rather than promotion of your writing.

        • thomasbrady said,

          March 6, 2017 at 10:56 pm

          Thanks, Mary. The best writers tended not to promote themselves. Dickinson and Shakespeare come to mind. They just wrote. Poe became famous mostly because he was disliked and slandered. He didn’t schmooze and suck up, either. I’m extremely happy doing what I’m doing.

          • maryangeladouglas said,

            March 11, 2017 at 4:15 pm

            Being happy in doing what you are doing is a great gift and blessing that’s for sure. I tend to think that literature kind of promotes itself like dandelion seeds blown by the wind. It can just happen on its own. I liken this also to the verse “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added” and I envision the Kingdom of God as a place where people do things only for the joy of it. Do flowers promote themselves? Do birds? No. They just bloom. They just sing. They just live. You can see people who pursue awards very often do not seem happy in their writing or even in their photographs. I read a series of letters between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell lamenting the banquets etc. they had to attend. Im sure many if not all writers, poets DO NOT ENJOY these things, so why do them? Why not just deliberately bypass the whole thing? Does getting a huge amount of money in a grant of attending a writer’s colony really help you write better? Then you are kind of beholden to the people that gave the awards and perhaps they will expect you to attend more events and your writing time your lifetime gets eaten into more and more. It hardly seems worth it.

  3. noochinator said,

    February 26, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Not to change the subject, but does anyone know of a book in which I can find Paul Éluard’s poem “Le tableau noir”, which the poet dedicated to Leonor Fini?

    • thomasbrady said,

      February 27, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Ah, a fugitive poem! The best kind.


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