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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Terence, this is stupid stuff

this is an audio post - click to play


Another favourite poem of mine, from one of my favourite books: A.E.. Housman's A Shropshire Lad, a book which some people tell me they find grim. (I say book because I don't view it as a collection; to me, it's more a verse novel.) My friend Michael — who introduced me to Housman — set this poem to music a few years ago. That version is the best I've ever heard. Here's an online edition of the book.

8 comments:

Brenda Schmidt said...

Fantastic!

GM said...

Dude, I have several readings coming up -- since you've got that killer voice and you're so damn good at reading other people's poems -- you want to pinch hit for me? I hate getting up there.

Well done. (See, I worked some baseball in there... I know a little bit about your math lesson masquerading as a game. I mean, it's not like I made a touchdown swish at the basket, but my shot's onside, no?)

Humble Servant said...

Ha! How do you ice someone at a poetry reading?



"And malt does more than Milton can to justify God's ways to man."

I'll check on that one and get back to ya.

MackJohnny said...

GM: What kind of percentage are you paying? It's all about the money now --- I'm getting a tattoo of Adam Smith's hand, right over my heart.

HS: Still hitting yourself over the head with PL?

Anonymous said...

Would that tattoo be in invisible ink, John?

Z

MackJohnny said...

Of course, Z. It's gotta be --- to match the exact colour of my heart.

Humble Servant said...

"Still hitting yourself over the head with PL?"

I'm done for now--I have achieved enlightenment, but the headache's a bitch.

MackJohnny said...

Kinda like a hangover, huh?