October 7th, 2004

breaking bad

phainetai moi kenos isos theoisin

For National Poetry Day I am joining in the blog-poetry ring (as proposed and co-ordinated by Nick at What you can get away with)

Here is a link to 26 translations of one poem: Sappho's poem 'He seems to me like a god', including the famous translation by Catullus 'Ille mi par esse deo videtur', and loads of translations by English writers such as Sidney, Byron Tennyson etc. So many ways of expressing the same painful but delightful sensation.

Here is my version.

Who does he think he is? God's gift?
What are you saying to him?
I can't make out the words
Only your soft laughter.

My heart is crashing
When I look at you
I'm tongue-tied.

There's fire under my skin
My ears are roaring
I'm blind now

I'm weak and trembling
Paler than grass
I'm half dead.

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breaking bad

'Suck My Kiss' by Dame Barbara Cartland

A good challenge at 'I Love Books'. 'Describe an imaginary book with the same title as a Red Hot Chili Peppers album or song'

Some suggestions from the thread:

Save The Population by Naomi Klein and Michael Moore (Accurate but depressing reading)
Universally Speaking by Richard Dawkins (A child's guide to atheism)
One Hot Minute By Nicholson Baker ('A middle-aged writer makes a pot of tea. While waiting for the water to boil, he ruminates on telephone etiquette, book jacket design, the sound and feel of carpeting, and ways to furtively masturbate.')