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October 9th, 2011

"Baseball and Writing by Marianne Moore (Suggested by post-game broadcasts) Fanaticism? No. …"

Baseball and Writing
by Marianne Moore

(Suggested by post-game broadcasts)

Fanaticism? No. Writing is exciting
and baseball is like writing.
You can never tell with either
how it will go
or what you will do;
generating excitement—
a fever in the victim—
pitcher, catcher, fielder, batter.
Victim in what category?
Owlman watching from the press box?
To whom does it apply?
Who is excited? Might it be I?

It’s a pitcher’s battle all the way—a duel—
a catcher’s, as, with cruel
puma paw, Elston Howard lumbers lightly
back to plate. (His spring
de-winged a bat swing.)
They have that killer instinct;
yet Elston—whose catching
arm has hurt them all with the bat—
when questioned, says, unenviously,
“I’m very satisfied. We won.”
Shorn of the batting crown, says, “We”;
robbed by a technicality.

When three players on a side play three positions
and modify conditions,
the massive run need not be everything.
“Going, going … ” Is
it? Roger Maris
has it, running fast. You will
never see a finer catch. Well …
“Mickey, leaping like the devil”—why
gild it, although deer sounds better—
snares what was speeding towards its treetop nest,
one-handing the souvenir-to-be
meant to be caught by you or me.

Assign Yogi Berra to Cape Canaveral;
he could handle any missile.
He is no feather. “Strike! … Strike two!”
Fouled back. A blur.
It’s gone. You would infer
that the bat had eyes.
He put the wood to that one.
Praised, Skowron says, “Thanks, Mel.
I think I helped a little bit.”
All business, each, and modesty.
Blanchard, Richardson, Kubek, Boyer.
In that galaxy of nine, say which
won the pennant? Each. It was he.

Those two magnificent saves from the knee-throws
by Boyer, finesses in twos—
like Whitey’s three kinds of pitch and pre-
diagnosis
with pick-off psychosis.
Pitching is a large subject.
Your arm, too true at first, can learn to
catch your corners—even trouble
Mickey Mantle. (“Grazed a Yankee!
My baby pitcher, Montejo!”
With some pedagogy,
you’ll be tough, premature prodigy.)

They crowd him and curve him and aim for the knees. Trying
indeed! The secret implying:
“I can stand here, bat held steady.”
One may suit him;
none has hit him.
Imponderables smite him.
Muscle kinks, infections, spike wounds
require food, rest, respite from ruffians. (Drat it!
Celebrity costs privacy!)
Cow’s milk, “tiger’s milk,” soy milk, carrot juice,
brewer’s yeast (high-potency—
concentrates presage victory

sped by Luis Arroyo, Hector Lopez—
deadly in a pinch. And “Yes,
it’s work; I want you to bear down,
but enjoy it
while you’re doing it.”
Mr. Houk and Mr. Sain,
if you have a rummage sale,
don’t sell Roland Sheldon or Tom Tresh.
Studded with stars in belt and crown,
the Stadium is an adastrium.
O flashing Orion,
your stars are muscled like the lion.



- Often Ms. Marianne Moore is a little too avant for me, because I am Not Very Smart About Verse, but this—so muscular and clever—is a gem.
October 9th, 2011

superseventies: Nick Lowe — I Love The Sound Of Breaking…



superseventies:

Nick Lowe — I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass - 1978

October 9th, 2011

There are so many horse-faced people and you never see horse-faced babies (except actual, you know,…

There are so many horse-faced people and you never see horse-faced babies (except actual, you know, foals). I always look for signs.

October 9th, 2011

Is Liv Tyler feeling OK?

brilliantmistake:

Was anyone else a little surprised by the NYT’s ability to crank out a Steve Jobs’ themed crossword less than two days after he died? As I did the crossword* on the bus, I wondered if the NYT stockpiles tribute crosswords the same way they do obituaries. It also got me worrying about the health of 34, 48 and 52 across. Nothing bad has happened to Garry Trudeau, right?

Turns out, they don’t create death puzzles ahead of time. Upon hearing the news, one author created the puzzle which the editors then rushed to publication. Which brings up yet another question. Whose first reaction to hearing new of a famous person’s demise is “I must make a tribute puzzle about this RIGHT NOW!” We all mourn in our own unique ways, I suppose. 

*On my ipod touch, which enables me to clutch a pole with one hand and tap out answers with the other. So thanks for that, Steve.)

Is my little sister poledancing? (Note: She is the smart one.)

October 9th, 2011

theswingingsixties: Film producer Kevin McClory takes his…



theswingingsixties:

Film producer Kevin McClory takes his family for a drive in an ‘Amphicar’, Nassau, 1967. Photo by Slim Aarons.

This had better go on land as well. QUACK.

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October 9th, 2011

fyeahwomenartists: Eloisa Aquino None hotter.



fyeahwomenartists:

Eloisa Aquino

None hotter.

October 9th, 2011

Just worth posting because hilarious.



Just worth posting because hilarious.

October 9th, 2011

Still really sad about Nancy Spero.



Still really sad about Nancy Spero.

October 9th, 2011

"After loss of Identity, the most potent modern terror, is loss of sexuality, or, as Descartes didn’t…"

“After loss of Identity, the most potent modern terror, is loss of sexuality, or, as Descartes didn’t say, “I fuck therefore I am”.”

- Jeanette Winterson, Art & Lies: A Piece for Three Voices and a Bawd (via mythologyofblue)
October 9th, 2011

I’m just sitting here hitting refresh over and over again on @barelyferal, waiting for Mr….

I’m just sitting here hitting refresh over and over again on @barelyferal, waiting for Mr. Newman’s debut.