Monday, April 4, 2011

Let The Door Open

Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and unknowable.

Carl Sandburg
Hello Adelaide, Australia. Have a warm and happy day.
Every work of art is an announcement, a declaration, the cry of a new born, the rattling of the prison gates, the sound of two stones being smacked together.

Sometimes art is pretty, but it usually isn't meant to be. Sometimes the things that grow out of the ground are pretty, but sometimes they are ugly and they are both doing the same thing for similar reasons.

Art happens because there is something missing, a hole in the fabric, a mess that can only be cleared up by the magical workings of art and the artist as obedient servant. Art is for healing, not the kind of healing the doctor is paid for, but the healing of the rend that separates us from the beatific.

Great art is not a decoration, it is an attack, a challenge, s weapon against all the inanity, pedantry, ignorance and chaos that surrounds the earth and its humans. It is the bird struggling against the library window trying to get out, as Karla Feinzig once wrote about. It is an alarm bell and a beacon shining down on those who are morally corrupt and who aren't smart enough to know it. Those who do know it are lost. Art can't help them.

The poet holds stars in his hand and he flings them one at a time against the door of hope and beauty behind which is the land of truth. One day the door will open.

DB - The Vagabond

No fooling around, here is this week's puzzle.
These are all legitimate movie titles in translation.
Your task, if you wish to survive, is to translate them back into their original titles by the end of next week.

Several Saints
Uprising Over The Thanksgiving Dinner
How One Murders An Imitator
Swept Away In A Breeze
The Lion Is Burning It's Feet
What The Flute Makes
The Insects' Messiah
She Married The Monster
Mr. Summerfall Winterspring
The Chimpanzees Live There
Confessing When Drenched
He Paid Very Close Attention, Unfortunately
Boiling When It's Dark
Misplaced Religious Artifact Stolen
Trees Around The Little House
Leo's Secret Message
Ultimate Spanish Dance in France
Country In A Maternity Ward
Instructions In Stone
Creepy Creatures Aloft
The Bitch Is Domesticated

2 entries so far.

Good luck


(This is not a contest)

NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.

Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?

4 answers so far

I eagerly await your answer.



Majid Ali said...

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Karen said...

Good me thinking about literature as art and the commotion one can create with written words. Mark Twain, for example, and his use of the N-word.

bakelite buffoon said...

Thank you for a soothing entry.

Geo. said...

Thanks, DB, for this succinct and affectionate take on art. When I read a good poem, I think: how wonderful to share in this extraordinary moment. It puts me in touch with others who feel that way --artists, physicists, puppies.
I'm here to learn.

Big Mark 243 said...

Every work of art is an announcement, a declaration, the cry of a new born, the rattling of the prison gates, the sound of two stones being smacked together

... a well placed left hook to the chin does the same thing and at least in as dramatic a fashion..!