8 December, 2012
(Charles Bukowski read by Tom Waits)
As an Australian who has lived in London but not in North America, I am only now getting to know the work of Charles Bukowski, David Foster Wallace and a host of other great American writers, poets and essayists.
Tom Waits, on the other hand, needs no introduction.
This is a lovely little film of some of Charles Bukowski’s wisdom, read by the inimitable Mr Waits.
29 April, 2012
Here’s my belated book spine poetry contribution:
Book by Book, by Michael Dirda
Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
The Rest Is Noise, by Alex Ross.
See more book spine poetry here.
3 May, 2011
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
~ John Keats, To Autumn
Gorgeously filmed as it was, I did not love Jane Campion’s Bright Star. However, John Keats’ poetry remains beautiful and ageless… and a perfect hymn to my favourite season.
6 August, 2010
How To Be Alone by poet/singer/songwriter Tanya Davis.