Thursday, September 16, 2004

Chez Moi Encore

Chez Moi Encore
Originally uploaded by Sylvia...Sometimes.
Thought I'd throw in a pic of my lentil soup...I photograph for a group that does the same sort of thing. Wanted to take shot of egg toy but Jon must have wizarded away the digital so later. Began reading Durrell's Travel Reader...wondered if it might be true, as he suggested, that one could remove all the people from a country, say France, & fill it with people from another culture...then 2 or 3 generations down you would again have the French culture there. That a culture is largely influenced by it's landscape.
Checked Roger's site...I love Charles Bukowski. But nothing better than hearing HIM read his work...his inflections give more life to his words, and he has a brilliant voice for it. Also enjoy reading some childrens books..especially for the illlustrations! A favorite is La Fontaine Fables by Adolph Born...just wonderful pictures. And is Wind in the Willows just for children? I think not!
As for music..ugh Phil Collins...never never! Have to admit I like almost any genre of music though...except hip-hop. Vivaldi, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison...very wide range. One thing I enjoy about Roger's poems is his ability to tell a story, bring such clear images to mind, and do it in so few words! It's like minimalist art...less but evokative. That's it for to work on pics. Jon just called and is back from NY, safely.


Blogger Roger Stevens said...

Thank you.

Do you know Billy Collins? You probably do. His books in the UK describe him as America's best-loved poet.
He's relatively new to the UK.

I really like him.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Syl said...

I do like his work, though I've only read a small's clever, often funny...who could sleep knowing behind the floral wall paper on some pipe was a mouse with a match screwed in his teeth?! from The Country poem.

10:10 AM  
Blogger hazel said...

Michael here. yes, that poem by Billy Collins is at the top of the list for mouse poems in audio mp3. His voice reminds me of garrison keillor? the fellow who writes thos funny lake Wobegone days books. he has a nice radio show too which i've caught ocassionaly on radio 7 here.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Syl said...

Actually, Roger & Michael, you have each mentioned 2 livng Brit poets...McGough & Hegley (sounds like the accountants!) that I want to read...maybe add McGough's new "The Kingfisher Book" to Christmas list...any especially good book by Hegley to suggest?

5:38 PM  
Blogger Roger Stevens said...

For Roger McGough I'd go for
Blazing Fruit - Selected Poems 1967 - 1987
(in UK - Penguin)
or You at the Back (Selected poems volume 2)

or his recent The Way Things Are (Viking)

For John Hegley choose
Beyond Our Kennel (Methuen) because Michael did the cover!

6:42 AM  
Blogger Syl said...

Hey, thank you very much Roger...I'll select one from both!

8:47 AM  
Blogger Roger Stevens said...

Blazing Fruit then. There's a good range of poems - and lots of them.

1:25 PM  

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