"10,000bc is better than my favorite poem by Billy Collins."--Billy Collins
"This movie will inspire you to write the poem that will land in the New Yorker or Poetry. Mine did."--Billy Collins
"If you love anachronisms you will love 10,000bc. I LOVE anachronisms!!!!"--Billy Collins
"I ate like 10,000 crepes after I saw this movie."--Billy Collins
("I am seeing 10,000bc tonight because Billy Collins recommends it so strongly."--Billy Collins)
Last Saturday was beautiful. I mentioned walking to the awesome bookstore, Unnameable books, and one of the chapbooks I bought was Interview with Robert Creeley:
May 1998, Buffalo, New York
"This previously-unpublished and wide-ranging interview with Robert Creeley took place in May, 1998, in Buffalo. In his inimitable and digressive style, Creeley offers assessments and remembrances of Ezra Pound, Charles Olson, Edwin Arlington Robinson, John Barths, and others. He talks about myths and mythos, meeting his wife Penelope Creeley, the political potential of poetry, and the intricacies of the English Department at the University at Buffalo, as well as a practical, applicable, and absolutely accessible sense of how one might proceed as a writer. Includes an introductory note by the interviewer, Brent Cunningham."
from Interview With Robert Creeley:
ROBERT CREELEY: Dilmun was a very curious place. It shows up on the lading seals of many of the surviving artifacts from Sumeria. But it's non-existent. It's a city that doesn't have ostensible reality. The nearest one gets to it is that it seems to be paradise in some particular sense, but how can you have a ship coming from paradise? With lading? Could be Paradise, Kansas. But it's not that kind of a name, it's a very specific name.
[Cyrus] Gordon was speaking about the fact that Christianity was the mercantile religion—in effect quickly put together as a bridge, and that's why it was successful. Say presently you’re trying to make a bridge between the Palestinians and the Israelis. You'd think of some third thing you could be that could somehow not threaten either party, and that’s what everyone would become, like Episcopalians or something. It's funny, but near. Christianity didn't have the tradition or the investment that Judaism had, and also it was the dominant port religion, so that most of the businesspersons rushed to become Christians, knowing they could deal with the Mediterranean trade much more freely, and so on and so forth. After the talk he invited questions, and I remember there was one very classic, pleasant graduate student who said, "Professor Gordon, you speak of the Greeks" "gods" and "goddesses." What do you think the Greeks meant by these figures?" And I remember Gordon stops dead and says, "What do you mean 'meant'?" "What did they symbolize for the Greeks? What did they represent or stand for?" "They didn’t stand for anything. They were real." And the guy's sort of back on his heels. And Gordon says, "No, you’ve got to understand, the Greeks...those gods were real." You go out, and you see Harry for lunch. Could be Athena for lunch. These were not imaginary or symbolic figures. These were functioning, actual presences. It didn’t matter whether or not you ever saw them...you had faith.
You can get the chapbook from Hooke Press here: http://hookepress.com/index.htm
Anyways, then I read on my roof with MS and drank cider. This is the view from my apt in Brooklyn:
It's sad when stuffed animals are shrink wrapped: