Monday, September 24, 2012


Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest—
Drink and the devil had done for the rest—
The mate was fixed by the bos'n's pike,
The bos'n brained with a marlin spike,
And Cookey's throat was marked belike
It had been gripped
By fingers ten;
And there they lay,
All good dead men
Like break-o'-day in a boozing-ken—
  Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

El Grito de la Independencia

On the night of September 15th, on the eve of Mexican Independence, officials lead citizens who gather in town squares throughout Mexico in a call and response that is familiarly known as El Grito — The Cry.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Quand vous Serez bien Vieille

Quand vous serez bien vieille, au soir à la chandelle,
Assise aupres du feu, devidant et filant,
Direz, chantant mes vers, en vous esmerveillant,
Ronsard me celebroit du temps que j'estois belle.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Beat-Bop Jazz

for Richie Powell

Lookin’ for a hat all beat up and torn
Lookin’ for a bed that ain’t never been worn

Up and down the highways, up and down the dial
Drivin' in the rain for a drink and a smile

Saturday, September 1, 2012

People by Jean Toomer

To those fixed on white,
White is white,
To those fixed on black,
It is the same,
And red is red,
Yellow, yellow-