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aRoused
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posted 17 January 2005 10:07 AM      Profile for aRoused     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
..even if it's a short, sharp bark of derision.

The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld


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skdadl
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posted 17 January 2005 10:39 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Priceless. The "known knowns" has long been my favourite.

To the critical introduction, I would add that I detect Beckett's influence as well, unmistakable in these lines especially:

quote:
All I can tell you is,
It hasn't happened.
It's going to happen.

Not that I'm calling his work derivative or anything.


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Suzette
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posted 17 January 2005 10:53 AM      Profile for Suzette     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by skdadl:
To the critical introduction, I would add that I detect Beckett's influence as well, unmistakable in these lines especially:

All I can tell you is,
It hasn't happened.
It's going to happen.


LOL! You've officially made my day.


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maestro
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posted 17 January 2005 01:39 PM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Had to post these two masterpieces:

quote:
Glass Box
You know, it's the old glass box at the—
At the gas station,
Where you're using those little things
Trying to pick up the prize,
And you can't find it.
It's—

And it's all these arms are going down in there,
And so you keep dropping it
And picking it up again and moving it,
But—

Some of you are probably too young to remember those—
Those glass boxes,
But—

But they used to have them
At all the gas stations
When I was a kid.


I think this relfects a certain...pensiveness, that Rumsfled hasn't really expressed in his other poetry. A reaching back over the years to a time and place that seemed simpler somehow.

Yet at the same time, it points out the frustration of life, you keep trying to pick it up, but it keeps dropping, and you try again and again it falls, and you watch all this through the glass which separates you from the process, separates and prevents you from just reaching in and grabbing.

What a beautiful bundle of metaphors.

Clarity show a totally different side, one much more in control...

quote:
Clarity
I think what you'll find,
I think what you'll find is,
Whatever it is we do substantively,
There will be near-perfect clarity
As to what it is.

And it will be known,
And it will be known to the Congress,
And it will be known to you,
Probably before we decide it,
But it will be known.


Here, Rumsfeld has resumed control of the process, and lets us know it. At the same time there is this randomness...

"It will be known", but what will be known? "Whatever it is we do"...no further insight.

I think here Rumsfeld is telling us there are
variables in the essence of life. These variables are hidden from us. But as we learn, there will be moments when we have a sort of revelation, the 'clarity' of which he speaks will become on with us.

Another beauty from the e. e. cummings of the defense department.


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idontandwontevergolf
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posted 17 January 2005 02:22 PM      Profile for idontandwontevergolf     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Reading the poetry of Rumsfeld, combined with viewing the paintings of four-year-old Marla Olmstead has caused me to rethink art and literature appreciation.
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