poem of the day: Do You Know How to Lead a Life? by Ulrike Draesner [and a little Monday mood music, courtesy of Neil Young, Johnny Depp, and “Dead Man” by Jim Jarmusch]

Do You Know How to Lead a Life?

Ulrike Draesner

do you know how to lead a life?
does it have a nose-ring then, some ox
who lets you tweak its tail and trots
along with flies short hair and soft
its swimming eye? there, silver-salver
served and grey a lemon ring so
poignantly peeled it touches you because
you sense in it the tree and something like
a sun-field, an oral y – the tug as palate cells
contract. by the nose then or some book
in leather: ox? or maybe lemon marinade
they put in the lot where you think, where
pictures mix languages: lall. now take the fall it’s
painted all painted on as one (the two
is you) you take a tram (or change). there
just look how suddenly or
even crackingly you
play it

(a little Monday mood music, courtesy of Neil Young, Johnny Depp, and “Dead Man” by Jim Jarmusch [I chose the poem after the song, today]):

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7 thoughts on “poem of the day: Do You Know How to Lead a Life? by Ulrike Draesner [and a little Monday mood music, courtesy of Neil Young, Johnny Depp, and “Dead Man” by Jim Jarmusch]

  1. Judith Post says:

    I’m not smart enough for this one. Got lost here and there, but liked the idea.

  2. I haven’t seen Dead Man for a long time. Good to be reminded of the soundtrack and hear it as music. I don’t “get” the poem in a nice, neat well-ordered way, but it’s working in my head, making me think about leading a life. Something zen about it. First find your ox…

  3. yeltnuh says:

    I paired it with Sly Uses’ post on Oxen in the Sun for a marvelously ineffable moment. 🙂 Remember Keats and cease that restless striving after fact?

  4. Got Ben Okri’s Starbook out of the library today, in the hope of breaking my reader’s block. Carrot and stick, the stick being that you won’t invite me for tea unless I read it.

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