(poem[s] of the day) Stravinsky in LA by Elizabeth Alexander, plus her Inauguration poem and Rush Limbaugh’s rant

Stravinsky in LA

Elizabeth Alexander

In white pleated trousers, peering through green
sunshades, looking for the way the sun is red
noise, how locusts hiss to replicate the sun.
What is the visual equivalent
of syncopation?  Rows of seared palms wrinkle
in the heat waves through green glass.  Sprinklers
tick, tick, tick.  The Watts Towers aim to split
the sky into chroma, spires tiled with rubble
nothing less than aspiration.  I’ve left
minarets for sun and syncopation,
sixty-seven shades of green which I have
counted, beginning:  palm leaves, front and back,
luncheon pickle, bottle glass, etcetera.
One day I will comprehend the different
grades of red. On that day I will comprehend
these people, rhythms, jazz, Simon Rodia,
Watts, Los Angeles, aspiration.
Rush Limbaugh demonstrates his tendency to miss the point:
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2 thoughts on “(poem[s] of the day) Stravinsky in LA by Elizabeth Alexander, plus her Inauguration poem and Rush Limbaugh’s rant

  1. More surreal lunacy from the Limbaugh. Presumably this resonates with at least some people out there, in which case, aren’t you glad you’re living in Canada? What did he say, “If I can do it, it’s not art?” You weren’t doing it, Rush, you were just opening your mouth and vomiting the crap out.

    I’d not heard of Elizabeth Alexander before. Thanks for pointing her out.

  2. yeltnuh says:

    You’re welcome.

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