May. 15th, 2012 08:46 am
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"He began to think of people in a new light: how everyone's just little more than that frightened, fragile brain stem, surrounded by meat and physics, too terrified to recognize the sum of their parts, insulated in the shells of their skulls and lower-middle-class houses, afraid of change, afraid of decisions, afraid of pain, stuck in traffic, listening to terrible music."
- Don Hertzfeldt, everything will be ok
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Adrienne Rich died today, at 82, which is kind of sad in that the world lost a great poet - but since i've finally started reading Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age by Susan Jacoby i'm finding it difficult to be too upset (82 sounds like a pretty good age to make it to, and anything much longer would probably have been awful, especially with rheumatoid arthritis).  Eventually i will probably write a post about Never Say Die, but not yet.

A friend of mine posted this poem of Rich's, and i'm going to re-post it here, more for my own reference than anything else (though sharing it is a nice bonus), because it's great.

by Adrienne Rich

Living in the earth-deposits of our history

Today a backhoe divulged out of a crumbling flank of earth
one bottle amber perfect a hundred-year-old
cure for fever or melancholy a tonic
for living on this earth in the winters of this climate.

Today I was reading about Marie Curie:
she must have known she suffered from radiation sickness
her body bombarded for years by the element
she had purified
It seems she denied to the end
the source of the cataracts on her eyes
the cracked and suppurating skin of her finger-ends
till she could no longer hold a test-tube or a pencil

She died a famous woman denying
her wounds
her wounds came from the same source as her power.
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Quote comes from Ira Glass (of This American Life), apparently. Unsure who is responsible for the typography.


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