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Sunday, May 18, 2008

ROOM 440a


















WHAT AM I DOING HERE ?














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19 comments:

tertius said...

The text didnt register or is that deliberate? Yes I havent drank booze for years all the driving I do , need to keep sober. Good to hear your relations with Vic... about the social side of uni and the poetry circles could become excessive. However they became contagious and in the end meaningless I suppose, even the pubs... havent been to them for years getting old nearly 40.

tertius said...

In the haze of memory the sweaty mass of bodies breathing and brooding in anticipation of the voice, the word and the delivery given in angst, in ryhme and song. Bowing for applause the maestro exits stage left and mingles with the dearly departed.

Richard Taylor said...

tertius - scroll down - if you go back through all my posts (!) you will find at least one where the there is no text - that is I publish "blackness or "nothingness" or whatever.....somewhat as Cage "composed" his silences and so on...

But quite a few have only one or two lines or images - which is deliberate.

Frank The Great One is still drinking etc he still resents the biscuit tin incident! I don't get on with him as I used to -as I don't drink and he does and I am not interested in hearing him rave on (about 9/11 or David Bain or whatever) and about his women - we used to sit around talking and drinking (he and you and others on the wacky also) - now that's not so bad if one is also drinking but I always felt he dominated everything -nowadays I avoid people who - well those who annoy me (I have a long list and many don't know they are on it!!) - in his case I have had him walk out of here (we argued but it wasn't substance of the argument it was really about me standing up to him - he didn't like that: I
told him that he was really stupid when he was on the wacky etc!!
Also that he didn't like me disagreeing... (which is pretty accurate)... he still is bitter about your good self... even Victor feels that you were more or less "put upon" in the night in question... (albeit everyone has their faults) - that F went to far (he doesn't like the way F dominates [basically he goes into the parent mode] etc) ..I feel he was insulting (to you on the night (in question) of the biscuit incident! (but you maybe needed not to have "tapped him" !!)) and he somewhat used people -

against that he does or did have good (or has) good qualities also of course.

I learnt a lot from The Wise One I must concede...

What about your incident with a certain attractive poetess we both know - yes the parties etc - I was older so didn't really fit into Shadows or the general riotous and sweaty student bacchanalia etc - Waldman was a dagg - remember when he came to Shadows and the first thing he said was: "The world's really fucked!" or something like that - wonder how he is doing? ... !! I mean he had a point perhaps but...!!

I used to like going to that University Club and getting nearly totaled - there was young fellow there who seemed old as he smoked a pipe; and a Professor of French I liked talking to - then going to art openings and then on to read poetry!!

I am now 60!

tertius said...

My behaviour was deplorable in hindsight... but I was not alone ha! The Frank incident was wrong but at the time I had just finished 6 months driving for him at all hours and for several fat ass girlfriends and demanding 1 dollar 4 the beer was done in front of people with his hand out seemed a deliberate act of control... no justification... wrong... apologised to him and he refused.... so all those humanistic theories of his now seem empty..

tertius said...

Can recall an incident when Franks son 'peta' I think, exploded with a knife and attacked him and there was a major scuffle in the hallway I helped diffuse the malay, this was far worse than my tap...

Richard Taylor said...

Huge applause erupts and eructs and resounds and rebounds - cascading over the surrounds of the smoke-filled room and out and into the evil caviling yellow Bleakhouse fog and spurting feverishly into and out of, or, and, into, the endless and Ineluctable Aristotelian aether (basis - fifth element - of "quintessence" - from quinta essentia - (see Hamlet's rapturous and tormented outburst following his (satiric?) and "angst-ridden" paen to Man in his: "What a work of Thing is Man etc...))) and further gathering momentum out out out out out outout out it goes with enormous and earth shatttering
and defenestriating giganticussimusicalistic applause and ecstatic and stupendous gesticulating and geshititicalating acknowledgement of the obvserving and madly obeisant and pathetcially grateful multitude whose single Tongue and Tone thunders and thunders with endlessly magnifying sounds from so many human throstles (yet all becoming River Unus Herself); so gargantually engorged & vast and of such huge (nay immense!) volume no ear ever so giant or hugely attuned could ever in eternal light years contain or obtain to its fiery burning and bombollating and roaring and universally thrilling and vibrating wonder.....

Richard Taylor said...

"Can recall an incident when Franks son 'peta' I think, exploded with a knife and attacked him and there was a major scuffle in the hallway I helped diffuse the malay, this was far worse than my tap..."

Yes - The Wise One - like most of us fails to "know himself" ... I recall his quite rude gesture and payment demand and wasn't surprised at the "tap"...

He courts, or "skirts", violence - he needs therapeutic assistance - his communication skills are bad and so on...he blames the situation of Petaia on his mother (I mean his approx 80 year old mother!!) but keeps getting her back to the house!!

But it is all in the past...I don't have much to do with him now.

tertius said...

Defintely 'loose cannon' actions....shared a house with John Waldman and a woman in 94...he was strange at the best of times...he had a bad habit of chasing girls who had no interest in him and took rejection hard but dont we all...

tertius said...

The incident with the poetess was blown out of context we were making out and playing silly buggers... however it was stupid on my part

Richard Taylor said...

The young woman in question surfaces from time to time.
Matt Sunderland played the lead role in the film "Out of the Blue" -I still have video of us all doing a Poetry Brats performance (the first one) with Matt, Linda Earle, myself, Yves and Renee Harrison, Raewyn, and Nick Alexander...

But time has passed...

tertius said...

Excerpt from Excalibur when Merlin forges the circle among the victorious knights after battle inspiring Arthur to build the round table

tertius said...

'Stand back be silent be still and look upon this moment saviour it, rejoice with great gladness, great gladness for you are joined by it you are one under the stars..remember it well then for in the years ahead you can say I was there that night with Arthur the King... for it is the doom of men that they forget.' Tribute to the boldness of the poetry bratz ,'those lucky few'.

Richard Taylor said...

tertius -a great piece -what book is that from?

We are doomed to forget...

Raewyn Alexander did a lot of work organising that. She was and still is very good. A good communicator and a good organiser.

tertius said...

From the 1981 film Excalibur a great British adaptation of Malories la morte da arthur filmed in ireland with the soundtrack of wagner throughout... best version of the arthur myth...close to the source with great music and settings ..very medieval but also timeless.. cast are shakespearian and vaunted, some great scenes...

tertius said...

Merlin your wisdom has forged this ring, so in the years ahead that we remember our bonds we shall come together in a circle to hear and tell of deeds good and brave.

tertius said...

I shall build a round table where this fellowship will meet. And a hall above the table and castle above the hall. I will marry and the land shall have an heir to wield excalibur..knights of the round table. (lifting their swords to the grand sounds of Wagner)

tertius said...

Can u please print our comments from the start of my entries 'the tower of babel is intact indeed still frank' the clues were there from the start... title it 'RT conversations with tertius' in a manuscript or the like... one day who knows...

tertius said...

or maybe 'RT discourse with tertius'... for later reference how long can the net be paid for? ha! one never knows...

Richard Taylor said...

Intend to eventually integrate comments into the text (inconsonce with the ideas of my the Inf. Poemt etc)...

BTW you can easily get a Blog going online - it is also free.

Regards for now - RT