I feel like 2001. Like 2000. Like I’ll never stop this train. Like a clenched fist striking a wall. Like an arthritic knuckle still hurting a month later.

A book to note: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath.

There’s something beautiful and soothing about these black words on white background. It works. I read a bit more about Dunn and found that he’s some professor of creative writing. Which reminds me of Davis again, and that one creative writing class I took. One. I never stuck with it, just like I didn’t stick with stochastic time series and multivariate linear algebra.

This was made famous by four weddings and a funeral, and it’s very easy on the ear.

Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

WH Auden
And another one I somehow came across while look at poems by Plath, which is much more uplifting than all this business about death. It’s certainly more uplifting than Dell’s Supply Chain – consider it a best practice for its industry, or Failure Modes Effects Analysis – can we list functions and items in the same table? No, that would be too confusing.

The Kiss

How many years I must have yearned
for someone’s lips against mind.
Pheromones, newly born, were floating
between us. There was hardly any air.

She kissed me again, reaching that place
that sends messages to toes and fingertips,
then all the way to something like home.
Some music was playing on its own.

Nothing like a woman who knows
to kiss the right thing at the right time,
then kisses the things she’s missed.
How had I ever settled for less?

I was thinking this is intelligence,
this is the wisest tongue
since the Oracle got into a Greek’s ear,
speaking sense. It’s the Good,

defining itself. I was out of my mind.
She was in. We married as soon as we could.

Stephen Dunn

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