Busman’s holiday time: sitting in the cafe in the park, working on this adaptation of Shelley’s “Ozymandias” I started back in ‘15. It’s finally found a home and a deadline: the 15th, for the 2019 edition of Caesar’s “Feast Yer Eyes” anthology.
It will be printed in B&W on newsprint but the original remains in color.
where would I find that anthology?
... or in various places around New Orleans.
@anthracite your office is very pretty
IM SO FUCKING SPOILED THAT I GET TO WORK IN PLACES LIKE THIS HOLY SHIT. 😇
@anthracite that sunset tho
Seriously, I have seen some damn fine sunsets in my life, LA was routinely astoundingly gorgeous, but there’s a lot of high quality sunsets down here in the swamp.
I just have to say, you have such good taste in poetry. I feel like I've noted this before but your literary inspirations are like always my faves. :D
Thank you! To be quite honest I’ve never really dug into much poetry beyond what’s shown up in the more Literary sf/f books I’ve read. Mostly Blaylock and Powers.
Despite my lit degree I honestly just know the most famous poets, but I'm extremely fond of the Romantics. They were unafraid to write of the grand cosmos on an epic scale despite all the confusion and mysteries that make it hard to capture in prose.
A lot of poetry from other movements is more on the scale of a relationship, a memory, a place, or a single trait of life-- smaller scale stuff that feels to me like stuff I could just be blunt and direct about, things I'm good at analyzing and pulling to pieces without needing to evoke it metaphorically. Frex they'd write about time, or love, or something.
But the Romantics addressed these huge questions of meaning and purpose and what it is all worth, often more transpersonal or mysterious. Things that are outside of our ability to understand, sometimes even to experience, but still worth wondering at. Which is something I have a drive to sort out, and hopelessly inadequate rational tools owing to being just one brain with one set of memories, and poetry is a really good way of examining all that. Something like the futility of hubris in Ozymandias asks whether it was ever meaningful in the first place, and we see that we can't quite get an answer (because-- meaningful to who? What constitutes "worth it"?), but it sure does point directly at the question.
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