Thursday, April 17, 2008

not johnny mathis

After Bukowski’s “For Jane: With All the Love I Had, Which Was Not Enough”:

[black chance]

give her back, blinking
verity, lovely dress,
lean idols:
they will not,
they risk not,
they spark not—
black flesh, black
chance, the black
of marble death.

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Blogger Lee said...

Ummm...which melody was that to be sung to?


11:36 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Well, it definitely ain't "Chances Are."

3:36 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

And Lee: Welcome back to Blogtopia. Don't let those pearsonians overwork you.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Thanks, Paschal! The reading project ended today. I'm VERY glad. But...I caught a cold. :( On Monday I start scoring 7th grade Math through May 9th. Oh, thank goodness! No more "their" for "there" or for "they're", no more "aloud" for "allowed", no more "are for "our". I can't believe what is happening to the English language in public school. GRRRR!

6:29 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

May you enjoy the blessings of math: straight, no chaser.

I puzzled the oddity of "are" for "our" from even some of my very best writers, until one Morning Prayer some months ago, when I heard myself say, phonetically anyway, "Are" Father, who art in heaven. Puzzle solved: the errant spellers were actually spelling what they heard (and they were likely auditory learners): many people do not say "Our." We say "Are." I'll admit that at first I found the odd spelling a bit daft, but my discovery gave me new respect for the "ears" of some of my students. Just for my own benefit, I now make a point a pronouncing "our" as "our." Which means my students will now probably spell "our" as "hour."

I've run across many students who will write "defiantly," when they mean definitely, but with teenagers, perhaps they mean just what "there" sayin'.

Steven Pinker, an MIT/Harvard evolutionary psychologist, has done a nice job uncovering the "logic" behind linguistic choices that people make: choices that are in their own ways much more logical than the rules of the language mavens.

9:47 PM  

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