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Hurry BY MARIE HOWE and Poetry Foundation.


Very interesting poem by Marie Howe, very interesting point of view. read more of her poems in http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/marie-howe. There is one interesting poem about the her childhood.

This website Poetry Foundation itself is very interesting, having huge resources of poems and selection of poets. So if you are beginner and want to study some, you can pick one of the categories and read through the listed poets. For some poems they have comments, commentary and reading material; which makes understanding those poems more easy.

 

Hurry

BY MARIE HOWE

We stop at the dry cleaners and the grocery store
and the gas station and the green market and
Hurry up honey, I say, hurry,
as she runs along two or three steps behind me
her blue jacket unzipped and her socks rolled down.
Where do I want her to hurry to? To her grave?
To mine? Where one day she might stand all grown?
Today, when all the errands are finally done, I say to her,
Honey I’m sorry I keep saying Hurry—
you walk ahead of me. You be the mother.
And, Hurry up, she says, over her shoulder, looking   
back at me, laughing. Hurry up now darling, she says,   
hurry, hurry, taking the house keys from my hands.
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Posted by on November 4, 2011 in America, Literature

 

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a ghazal by Saraj Aurang Abadi


reached this poem through a firend’s posting,

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the amazing verse is “Na Khurd Kea Bakhea-giri rahea na janoon kea perdah dari rahea”.

It’s meaning in accordance to the one verse before that (atleast to me) is that I am such situation that I cannot use Intelligence to conjure up some excuses/explanation of my actions and neither I can use insanity to hide behind.

If you understand Urdu you will enjoy wordplay

 

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Literature

 

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‘Shadows in the Water’ by Thomas Traherne


Gaurdian, this time printed the poem of metaphysical poet Thomas Traherne. Not much known because he did not published any of this poems. In this poem he talks about the other worlds, not in terms of heaven, but more near to worlds as describe in science fiction. For a person living in 17th century such resemblance in the description of the other worlds was quite interesting.

Beneath the water people drowned,
Yet with another heaven crowned,
In spacious regions seemed to go
As freely moving to and fro:
In bright and open space
I saw their very face;
Eyes, hands and feet they had like mine;
Another sun did with them shine. (Shadows in the Water, Thomas Traherne)

Full poem and some description http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2010/dec/20/poem-of-the-week-thomas-traherne

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2010 in Literature

 

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James Bond Novel Coming Again


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7421078.stm

Devil May Care is new novel of James Bond. It would be interesting to see how much it gets close to the Ian Fleeming.  On one hand I wish his novel is success, in this way there would more work on James Bond rather than just screen plays. But on other side I fear that his success will open doors for attempts on other characters. Or even worse he will change the character to something stranger to me.

People who have just seen Bond Films cant understand how powerfull the writting of Ian Fleeming is. In all films only the last film was made close to the book. Infact after reading the books it really seems difficult how such thing can be converted to the movie. It has little details e.g. in one novel he explains why James Bond prefers heavy Handle Raiser. How can one cover this in films?

Explanations of psychology, explanations that rather than put you at ease further creats tension like in one novel James Bond plays papper rock game with the Japnese Agent, author tells how everything is relaxing exteriorly but tense internaly. How his little interactions play important role in future plans.

Anyhow books are always considered to be far better than the films made on them. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings is clear example.  But writing what is trade mark of other author is quite a challenge.

In Pakistan Ibn-e-Safi has credit for creating Imran-Series, its similar to James Bond character. After his death several people started writing it, but many people who have read Ibn-e-Safi are quite disappointed by the new writers.

I hope that is not the case, I hope Devil May Care gives James Bond a new life, James Bond that is not stranger to me. James Bond who can still say “Bitch is Dead” when his girl friend commits sucide.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2008 in Literature

 

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