Poem for Today


Guy Pene Du Bois, Night Club

Their Night

never could read Tender Is the
Night
but they’ve made a
tv adaptation of the book
and it’s been running
for several
nights
and I have spent
ten minutes
here and there
watching the troubles of
the rich
while they are leaning
against their beach chairs
in Nice
or walking about their
large rooms
drink in hand while
making philosophical
statements
or
fucking up
at the
dinner party
or the
dinner dance
they really have no
idea
of what to do with themselves:
swim?
tennis?
drive up the
coast?
down the
coast?
find
new beds?
lose old
ones?
or
fuck with the
arts and the
artists?

having nothing to struggle
against
they have nothing to struggle
for.

the rich are different
all right

so is the ring-
tailed
maki and the
sand
flea.

–Charles Bukowski

Bill Moyers interview with Simon Johnson on JPMorgan’s recent $2 billion (and counting) loss

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/05/17

Johnson: I’m still nervous,  and I think that the losses that JPMorgan reported–the CEO Jamie Dimon reported–and the way in which they’re presented, the fact that they’re surprised by it and the fact that they didn’t know they were taking these kinds of risks, the fact that they lost so much money in a relatively benign moment compared to what we’ve seen in the past and what we’re likely to see in the future–all this suggests that we are absolutely on the path towards another financial crisis of the same order of magnitude as the last one.

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4 Responses to Poem for Today

  1. I love this Guy Pene Du Bois.
    “An intellectual say a simple thing in a hard way.
    An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”
    Charles Bukowski

  2. trueoutsider says:

    M, Great quote. Never ran across it before. Thanks!

  3. Abbas Mehran says:

    Thank you for your wonderful posts, I enjoy reading and reflecting upon. In reply to Margaret’s comment (quote), I have to say as an artist it has never been easy to say what I want to say. I am a Maximalist!!!!!
    Abbas Mehran

  4. trueoutsider says:

    Thanks, Abbas. I’m a maximalist myself. There was a popular saying back in the 70s: Less is More. I prefer: More is more. The Northern Renaissance… van Eyck, van der Goes, Dürer, Bruegel, Bosch…. and on forward. To me the simplistic quality of so much contemporary art has nothing to do with saying hard things a simple way. It’s either saying nothing at all in a simple way or something tediously banal in a simple–usually “Art is Dead.” Go for the gusto, man!

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