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Friday, February 25, 2005

The Day I Went Away

I'm off to Bellingham for the first of three Sleater-Kinney shows. If these shows are anything like when I saw them a few months ago, I'm sure I'll get to hear lots of stuff from the new album, The Woods (out May 24th!), but I'm hoping they'll throw in a few classics too, such as "Was It A Lie?" and "It's Enough" - both of which I've never heard them do live before.

I figured I'd post a poem, since the last time I went away I did just that and I might as well make it a cool hand tradition. Here is a Denise Levertov poem titled "In Mind":

There's in my mind a woman
of innocence, unadorned but

fair-featured and smelling of
apples or grass. She wears

a utopian smock or shift, her hair
is light brown and smooth, and she

is kind and very clean without

but she has
no imagination

And there's a
turbulent moon-ridden girl

or old woman, or both,
dressed in opals and rags, feathers

and torn taffeta,
who knows strange songs

but she is not kind.

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