Thursday, 23 March 2017

Reading (March)

[Advertisement] Amidst the forward push of commuters on Platform One, fishing for mykis, tapping on screens, walks slowly a young woman of average height reading as she walks page 310 of ‘The Idiot’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Tickets, traffic, news, and March are all but incidentals to what happens next with the epileptic prince. Her compendious bag bumps against her dress. Does she find the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation effective? Are we doomed? Can we be redeemed? What’s foolish and wise? What does experience teach us? Where are we going? She is left to her thoughts as my train ordinarily departs.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Name (March)

[Opera] Our minds may recall, by will or chance, names from our lifetime. Accidents of reading, reference in passing, an instant memory, may remind us through their name any number of stories, emotions, characteristics. A name from childhood may rise and prompt tones of voice, their special gestures, many connotations. Consciousness is like an opera where each name connects with you and your network of almost infinite characters, a cast that may ‘turn on a performance’ at any moment whatever, whether you’re sane as a saint or mad as a March hare. Then, there’s your own name, fixed and fragile…

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Kitchen (March)

[Found poem] Homemade. Cut, served with homemade. Marinated, accompanied with homemade. Grilled fresh, served with petite. Selection, served with Turkish. Mixed with shaved, topped with boiled. Combination of mixed and dressed. Grilled marinated, served with sprinkled and crumbled. Toasted and Spanish. Superb traditional according to an old Italian recipe. Slowly cooked with fresh. A hint with a touch. Tossed with a hint. Tossed with extra. Roast served with creamy. Layered with rich and topped. Diced, sautéed with mixed forest creamy. Grilled with mashed. Pan-fried, layered with infused. Topped with seeded and seasonal. Thinly sliced. [The Spaghetti Tree Menu, March 2017]     

Menu at the old-fashioned pre-theatre restaurant The Spaghetti Tree (59 Bourke Street), with the ingredients unnamed. What to do while waiting for the others to arrive. Later, out to H.M.S. Pinafore at The Athenaeum. Quote: 

He may a second Sh
akespeare be,
Endowed with faculty creative,
But what avails such gifts if he
Confounds accusative with dative.
In what far nook of earth
Would moral worth,
Or strength of lung or limb,
Atone for him
Whose verbs don’t tally with the nominative.
Oh, I can tell
Too well
How people frown
Him down
Whose verbs don’t tally with the nominative.