Runaway?

EPITAPH ON A GENERAL

Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after,
the tale they perfected was easy to understand;
they knew human folly like the back of their hand,
to show such great interest in things indiscreet;
it was published, respectable senators burst with laughter,
he lost his command, was done in by deceit.

•••••••••••••••••••

REALITY

age of disbelief
nothing surprises
the word
be
is denied
all is get now
life is
a dream
fantasy
viewers
listeners

very few
do
everyone wants service
but
not serve

reality
and life
are everywhere
one thing
is crystal clear
loyalty

is rare

Pure

“HORROR AND INJUSTICE
PLAY STARRING ROLES”

Have movies
that range from fantasy
murder and horror to snuff
affected the ability to evaluate real crimes

A review of “Enemies of the People”
NYT June 11, 2010 page C14
“A High Point of Human Rights Watch film festival”

“An inspiring film”

If opaqueness
masquerades as transparency
it makes me want to forget
I’m supposed to be a bee

According to the reviewer of this film
•••••• “to hear
people recall committing
unspeakable acts while under
duress is liberating for them and
for us”

The movie’s ultimate coup
is the interview
of Brother No. 2
the chief ideologue of Pol Pot
who explains that the
Khmer Rouge was determined
to establish a form of commu-
nism that was even purer than
Chinese communism under Mao
Zedong

Movies
are classified
as arts and entertainment
how to classify the body count in millions of

Armenians
Jews
Poles
Ukranians
Russians
Chinese
Cambodians

Who are the stars
of this film?

the chief ideologue
the living killers “forced to kill”
the dead political victims

EPITAPH ON A TYRANT

Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after,
And the poetry he invented was easy to understand;
He knew human folly like the back of his hand,
And was greatly interested in armies and fleets;
When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,
And when he cried the little children died in the streets.
W.H. Auden

Sexy Science

“A LITTLE QUANTUM SCIENCE”

NYT June 5, 2010

About
This year’s world science festival
A series
of programs
at the Lincoln Center of the Arts
to make science
“exciting to laymen” by
making “science sexy”
there was also
a music and dance program
at a theater in Chelsea
with “a little quantum science to go along”
the highlight

“three theories”
Relativity
Quantum mechanics
String theory

A meeting
of modern dance and ballet
at one time getting down to the undies
with mixed excess

so 21st century

T.S. Elliot
was almost 100 years
ahead of this latest attempt
at cosmic conundrum
inspired by Sweeny
a 20th century everydude

T.S.E. wrote three poems
Sweeny erect
Sweeny among the nightengales
Sweeny agonistes

The poet waited 20 years
for a production
of his
“A Fragment of an Aristophanic Melodrama”
but was dismayed
in 1932
when it was produced as a farce
rather than a serious effort

in it
Sweeny sang
Birth Copulation and Death
That’s All, That’s All, That’s All
•••••
Birth Copulation and Death
••••• You’d be bored
Birth Copulation and Death
That’s all the facts when you come to brass tacks:
Birth Copulation and Death
I’ve been born, and once is enough.
You don’t remember, but I remember
Once is enough
•••••
•••••
But I’ve got to use words when I talk to you
•••••
We’re gona sit here and have a tune
We’re gona stay here and we’re gona go
•••••
But it’s nothing to me and it’s nothing to you

so 20th century