Sunday, July 31, 2011

Walt Whitman's Niece: Issa's Sunday Service, #113

This is wonderfully odd song, recently suggested by a reader; somehow, I would love to hear someone arrange differently.  I know this is a bit of a sacrilege; after all it is Billy Bragg and Wilco - jeez, whaddya want already?  Of course, since this comes from the album Mermaid Avenue, which is made up of previously unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics, it's not likely that anybody else will be rushing  to cover (re-cover?) this anytime soon.  Still and all, fine work all around and many thanks for the suggestion.

I share a birthday with Woody Guthrie: the 14th of July, Bastille Day, and that has always made me happy.  So has Woody.  First, Bob's classic tribute to Woody (no mistakes in that pickin' on this take) and then a real beaut by the man himself.

"Song to Woody" Bob Dylan

"Jesus Christ" by Woody Guthrie


This week's featured poem comes from Lilliput Review, #78, March 1996.  It's one ambivalent little beauty by one of my favorite haiku poets, Patrick Sweeney (who has promised to leave a little packet for me under the bridge by the Mon - no mean feat, internationally speaking).   The Deva King of Issa's little number may be seen portrayed, sans wasps' nest, at the head of this post.  Enjoy.

The scent of lime ends at her wrist
           Patrick Sweeney

the beehive dangles
from the Deva King's

translated by David G. Lanoue


Send a single haiku for the Wednesday Haiku feature.  Here's how.

Go to the LitRock web site for a list of all 113 songs


Anonymous said...

this, Don, IS a VERY, VERY interesting connection for me this

"beehive dangles from her wrist" !

Stone Girl (who is also She Intrudes) almost always wore a Gung Bee bracelet as it "is my good luck charm" and , as far as I know, an ancient "beehive" stone good luck charm. ... and, as I did look it up has to do with the Heart chakra...

now, who this "Deva King" is ? ... I just don't know.

(never did use the image of this Bee Hive bracelet ...
or it s exactly meant of what it signifys )


Anonymous said...


your lead picture is one of the Deva Kings..

the King of the Deva Kings is Sakka ..

he rules WITH his 100's of nymphs...

I think that this is pretty-much Shinto (Yogic) 'stuff' that migrated into Buddhism and then over to the Middle east

particularly assimilated into Essene ritual & "secret" 'stuff' that Jesus broadcasted


the imaginary is what tends to become real...

now to listen to that "odd song" and see what connections are extended towards !

thanks, K-san

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, lots of people bore the responsibility for killing Jesus. There was no shortage of helping hands.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

"the imaginary is what tends to become real..."

Well, there it is, Ed. I'm thinking perhaps the bee bracelet might find its way into future Stone Girl opus ...

At the conference, some interesting talk about Shinto from an academic, plus in relation to Issa. The roots of haiku in Shinto, the roots of all in Shinto ...


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Glad you connected with the Guthrie, Charles.