Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Evanston: Holgaed; order in Key West; 'S'

        The above photo which looks as though it dates from before I was born was in fact taken in February by Topher, a professional film maker who lives here in the flatlands, but visited GANNET while he was in California working on a project.  He is experimenting with with a Holga defined by Wikipedia as “a medium format 120 film camera, made in Hong Kong, known for its low-fidelity aesthetic.”
        I like it.  
        Thanks, Topher.


        My photos of Key West brought a link from Kim to the poem, “The Idea of Order in Key West” by Wallace Stevens that I must have read because I had a copy of his COLLECTED WORKS on HAWKE, but had forgotten.
        Stevens was probably the only poet ever to be vice president of an insurance company; certainly he was the best.
        I’m not sure I understand the poem—or any other of Stevens’, except, maybe, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”  But I like many of them, including “Key West” and thank Kim for the link     
        After reading it I bought a Kindle edition of Stevens’ poems.



            saint:  a dead sinner revised and edited. 

            saw:  a trite popular saying, or proverb. So-called because it makes its way into a wooden head. 

            Senate:  a body of elderly gentleman charged with high duties and misdemeanors. 

            sycophant:  one who approaches Greatness on his belly so that he may not be commanded to turn and be kicked.