Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sharkey's Day

Hello, Toads! Today we are taking inspiration from LAURIE ANDERSON.

Thirty years later, I still find the record Mister Heartbreak as fascinating and relevant as when I first heard it. Do you?



Or maybe "O Superman" inspired you. Or Big Science, or her movie Home of the Brave. Or her collaborations with husband Lou Reed. Or her art (performance artist, visual artist, artist-in-residence at NASA, even) or her writing, or her public speaking. Interestingly, Norman Reedus (of The Walking Dead) is releasing a book of photography called The Sun’s Coming Up, Like A Big Bald Head, with Laurie Anderson’s blessing. (The title is a reference to lyrics from "Sharkey’s Day.")


Be inspired, write a new poem, and share it with us. (Please.)

There was this man
And there was this road
And if only I could remember these dreams
I know they're trying to tell me
Something. Strange dreams.


10 comments:

patteran said...

Whoops! I think I've gone up twice for the same poem...

grapeling said...

love Laurie Anderson. What a conversation she and Lou Reed must have had over the years... I'll see if I can come up with something, Marian, after a bit of sleep. ~

Kerry O'Connor said...

Love Laurie Andersen. For a while in the 80s her Big Science album was part of the soundtrack of my life.

Marian said...

as promised :)

Susan said...

Oh, yes, "I think we should put some mountains here. Otherwise, what are all the characters going to fall off of? and what about stairs?"

I'll be back.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Hi kids, I love Laurie Anderson, who was big in Tofino, back in the day, as was Jane Siberry. Managed to pluck a few words out of the Word Bank this morning, in her honor:)

Kerry, you must find the house so quiet, and will be missing your daughters. I remember how it felt, when my last chick left home. Sigh.

Marian said...

oooh, i got to see Jane Siberry perform once. mimi on the beach, mimi on the beach, mimi on the beeacchchhhhhhhhh. er, Sherry on the beach!

Margaret said...

Where have I been? I grew up in the '80s and have never heard of her or her work… I'll have to come back to this challenge when I have time to look into her work!

Susie Clevenger said...

I have never heard of her or her work..very interesting. Not sure I caught on to her style, but she definitely inspired something. Thanks Marian!!

Susan said...

Late. I thought I wasn't going to be here at all. But I am. Here.