Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 AM

This morning's online New York Times  on Paul Simon's latest show

"Here was salvation and succor…."

The review mentions a song from Simon's new album that he did not  play at last night's show—

The Afterlife.


After you climb up the ladder of time
The Lord God is near
Face-to-face in the vastness of space
Your words disappear


You got to fill out a form first
And then you wait in the line

Simon is an accomplished poet, but I prefer Wallace Stevens.

                         … A figure like Ecclesiast,
Rugged and luminous, chants in the dark
A text that is an answer, although obscure.

— Wallace Stevens, “An Ordinary Evening in New Haven”

For clues about such a text, see yesterday's New York Lottery numbers.


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