Sunday, August 9, 2009

Issa's Sunday Service, #15

Garcia Lorca by Aguijarro (Antonio Guijarro Morales)

What can anyone say about the Pogues or Garcia Lorca, for that matter, that hasn't been said?

"But Lorca's corpse, as he had prophesied, just walked away
And the only sound was the women in the chapel praying"

Well, that's not bad for starters. Mr. MacGowan had a way with the words and one can only hope that, in the end, he is remembered for just that and not a way with a pint etc. This ode to the great Spanish poet doesn't shy away from the details while evoking a subdued beauty all it's own. As LitRock songs go, it's aces.

And if you are wondering about the Ignacio referred to in the first line of the song, here you go.

Here's a poem from Lilliput Review #17, November 1991, with a touch of a horror, and a fleeting (oh, wait, he said fleeing) revelation, all its own.

My animal face grimaces
---and flees again into darkness
because I've come too close
-----to remembering
David Richard

Lotus Sutra--
the birds remember Basho
translated by David G. Lanoue


PS Been doing this 15 weeks now - here's the entire list so far.


Anonymous said...

Grosse Point Blank is an oddly compelling movie. I never realized that song was about Lorca. Thanks again, Mr. W., for the connections.

Jim H.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Jim, and it seems I have a movie I need to see ... thanks for the tip ...

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

A Facebook reader has pointed out the recent Lorca controversy as follows:

"There is always more to say about Lorca. In "Letter from Andalusia: 'Lorca's Bones'" (The New Yorker, June 22, 2009) Jon Lee Anderson describes the public and personal debate over whether the bones of Lorca and others murdered by Franco should be exhumed.

Thanks, A.

Charles Gramlich said...

I like that Richard poem. Very very nice.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Hey, Charles, very glad you liked it.


Anonymous said...

ooooh, this list is juicy!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Glad you like it ... it will be updated every Sunday, so stay tuned.