Sunday, June 19, 2011

I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor: Issa's Sunday Service, #106

This is a day for rocking out, if delayed by a week.  Here's the 2nd appearance of the pop/rock band with as many hooks per album as your average fly fisherwoman has in her tackle box: the Arctic Monkeys.  At first listening, it would seem there is an allusion to Orwell's "1984" but, upon closer inspection, this seems spurious - I'm not remembering too many robots in that lit classic, especially dancing to electro-pop.  However, as I was about to abandon all hope, up popped the line "Oh, there ain't no love, no Montagues or Capulets" ... and, though this may seem a bit like "Newsflash: Generalissimo Francisco Franco, Still Dead," it'll do.

So, what about these robots and electro-pop and dance floors?  Well, maybe it's not a  lit allusion in the Arctic Monkey's song,  but perhaps pop citing pop:


This week's poems come from Lilliput Review, #87, April 1997.  They came back to back on pages 5 and 6 of this issue and have an interesting kinship.  Enjoy.

On Padre Island
   Alone on the beach
   watching the waves dissolve your name

   Single gull dives
   impressing on the sand grains
   a fleeting shadow
   Barbara Tieken

   He's the one told me
   "Never write your name
   in the sand; the sea
   will come and take it away
   and what would we call you
   after that
   B. Kim Meyer

my dead mother--
every time I see the ocean
every time..
translated by David G. Lanoue


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Jim H. said...

Stunning poems, but I'm fixated on David Bowie's shoulder pads.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Yes, indeed, Jim, it is very, very hard to look away from those shoulder pads.

Almost obscures how incredibly good the performance is.

Glad you liked the words.

Charles Gramlich said...

Don, I reviewed "Past all Traps" on my blog. Just put it up. also did a review on Goodreads. Good stuff.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Very kind, indeed, Charles. Thank you very much. I'll pass your thoughts on to folks.