Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Rose for Emily: Issa's Sunday Service, #55

Tomorrow is the birthday of the keyboard impresario of The Zombies, Rod Argent. Known for their hit singles "Tell Her No," "She's Not There," and the classic "Time of the Season," The Zombies song "A Rose for Emily" comes from their master song cycle, Odyssey and Oracle. A classic case of borrowing a title and then making it all their own, "A Rose for Emily" has nothing to do with William Faulkner's Gothic short story masterpiece of the same title. Still the allusion is there and the song is here. The song, something like "Eleanor Rigby" as seen through the eyes of Syd Barrett, is a classic you may have never heard. As for Faulkner, he wrote many a chilling line and this one is right up there:

"Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head."

Oh, yeah.


This week's poem from the archive comes from Lilliput Review #81, August 1996. It is by the late Joseph Semenovich and, oh, how it sings:

poet's lament
there's hardly a piece of silence
i can listen to
without myself
trying to accompany it
Joseph Semenovich

quite a feat--
in utter silence
the plum tree blooms
translated by David G. Lanoue



Jim H. said...

I'm not big on nostalgia, but that Zombies album cover made me smile. Psychedelic doodles!

And the verses about silence -- very nice.

Thanks again, Don. This blog always brightens my week.

Charles Gramlich said...

I love that poem. It comes across to me. Often when I'm here at home during the day and Lana is at work I'll go the whole day saying virtually nothing. Silence is so soothing.

Ed Baker said...

Silence is
the last word


In between
the Silences
everything else


full moon
having nothing to say
saying it anyway

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Hey, Jim, glad you enjoy it ... always good to hear from you.

Charles, good to hear that one struck a chord ...

Ed, that's one of my favorite full moon poems of yours ... and, as you know, I like a heap of 'em.