At the Post Office
The line is long, processional, glacial,
and the attendant a giant stone, cobalt blue
with flecks of white, I’m not so much
looking at a rock but a slab of night.
The stone asks if anything inside the package
is perishable. When I say no the stone
laughs, muted thunderclap, meaning
everything decays, not just fruit
or cut flowers, but paper, ink, the CD
I burned with music, and my friend
waiting to hear the songs, some little joy
after chemo eroded the tumor. I know flesh
is temporary, and memory a tilting barn
the elements dismantle nail by nail.
I know the stone knows a millennia of rain
and wind will even grind away
his ragged face, and all of this slow erasing
is just a prelude to when the swelling
universe burns out, goes dark, holds
nothing but black holes, the bones of stars
and planets, a vast silence. The stone
is stone-faced. The stone asks how soon
I want the package delivered. As fast
as possible, I say, then start counting the days.
— David Hernandez
seanhowe:

The Defenders’ Long Island Hang-Out. From Defenders #50, August 1977. Art by Keith Giffen.

seanhowe:

The Defenders’ Long Island Hang-Out. From Defenders #50, August 1977. Art by Keith Giffen.

livelymorgue:

This undated photo appeared with the caption: “Getting A Tip From A Beauty: Justine Johnstone, musical comedy star, gives helpful hints in kicking the pigskin to “Red” Fitzgibbon, Halfback and star Drop-Kicker of Creighton University, at Omaha, Neb.” Photo: The New York Times

"I don’t believe that poems are written to be heard, or as Mill said, to be overheard; nor are poems addressed to their reader. I believe that poems are a score for performance by the reader, and that you become the speaking voice. You don’t read or overhear the voice in the poem, you are the voice in the poem."
— Paris Review: The Art of Criticism No. 3: Helen Vendler

(Source: theparisreview.org)

"Consequences! They’re not just for women anymore!"
— Dan Savage, Savage Love

(Source: The A.V. Club)

"All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility … But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of opinion is, that it is robbing the human race … If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error."
— John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

(Source: Guardian)

Thelonious Monk’s Advice

You got to dig it to dig it, you dig?

Thelonious Monk’s Advice

You got to dig it to dig it, you dig?

"I don’t know how else it say it, considering I’ve said it a thousand times. I want my country to stop killing innocent people."
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