Dec. 12th, 2013

highlyeccentric: A green wing (wing)
Of many reasons I love you here is one

the way you write me from the gate at the airport
so I can tell you everything will be alright

so you can tell me there is a bird
trapped in the terminal all the people
ignoring it because they do not know
what do with it except to leave it alone
until it scares itself to death

it makes you terribly terribly sad

You wish you could take the bird outside
and set it free or (failing that)
call a bird-understander
to come help the bird

All you can do is notice the bird
and feel for the bird and write
to tell me how language feels
impossibly useless

but you are wrong

You are a bird-understander
better than I could ever be
who make so many noises
and call them song

These are your own words
your way of noticing
and saying plainly
of not turning away
from hurt

you have offered them
to me I am only
giving them back

if only I could show you
how very useless
they are not
highlyeccentric: Monty Python - knights dancing the Camelot Song (Camelot song)
Which is, I must say, not terribly up-to-date. [personal profile] jjhunter asked for a Fibbonaci Sequence tour of my DW interests (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 etc). So that's what you get!

1. 19th century: I like 19th century stuff! It's not my academic field but it's a great period to take historical or literary breaks in. I have a particular fondness for 19th century feminism, especially late 19th c. Australian activists and writers. And an especially particular soft spot for Louisa MacDonald and her odd, butch, novel-writing, medicine-studying, bicycle-riding, politics-talking companion Evelyn Dickinson.

2. A Place to Call Home: was a DELIGHTFUL Australian drama series which screened in 2013. Set in the aftermath of WWII, in a country NSW town. Starring Our Heroine, Sarah, a widowed Jewish-by-marriage nurse with a career and a right hook to be wary of. Starring James, closeted queer, and his wife Olivia. Starring matriarch Elizabeth, stone cold bitch and complex human. Also many other exciting characters! And ANGST AND WOE. I'm hoping they tone down the 'new angst every episode' thing and really dig into the issues they've raised, next season.

3. Anglo-Saxons: is one term for the English before 1066 (and after, if you need to distinguish between an Anglo-Norman and an Anglo-Saxon). I like this period, too! It's not my speciality field anymore, but it was at one stage. I like the English benedictine reformers and their earnest ideals; I like Archbishop Wulfstan and his conniving, Viking-lovin' ways. I like the tendency to sanctify their royalty, resulting in dynasties of saints. Also I like that an entire genre, the elegy or lament, can be summed up as "I'm all alone in a (boat / underground chamber / foreign land / etc) and I have no friends".

Atheism, chocolate, transport, Germanic languages, etc )




This has been this week's installment of December Meme! Pls to be proving two more prompts.

Week 1- Poetry as per [personal profile] majoline
Week 2- Fibonacci Interests, as per [personal profile] jjhunter
Week 3-
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