Thursday, April 06, 2006

Life Doesn't Frighten Me



The Fun Gallery

A buzz in the air
already, Basquiat
beaming. RAY GUN

set to stun
—maximum—a hold
up in this hole

in the wall,
a billion
paintings pinned

to dry wall
like butterflies,
stomachs. He’s made it

all from scratch
& paint.
The work’s too low

his dealer warned—
everything should be higher
to keep up

your prices,
speed. All night
the crowds line

outside like Disneyland
& love it. Taken
over Manhattan

he’s King
Kong or Mighty Joe
Young, social

climbing—gone
from trains
to scale the Empire

State. Keeping most
of the show
for hisself, hitches

a limo to Bklyn
by dawn—the armored
car hour—up

early—or late—
as if to his own
funeral—

“Papa I’ve made it”

hugs & hands
him a blooming
bouquet.

Kevin Young


Knopf has a daily poem email this month to celebrate National Poetry Month and to sell a few books. The website also has a podcast of authors reading their poems. A little while back I watched Basquiat again and after seeing an interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat I thought that Jeffrey Wright really nailed the title role. When my nephew John was little I gave him Maya Angelou's book Life Doesn't Frighten Me with selected artwork by Basquiat and if I recall I think it was too scary for him at that age or at least it was not one of his favorite books.

I just heard that Mike Doughty will playing at The Mill on May 5th. Naturally since I have never seen him live I will be out of town that Friday. But if Paris is worth a Mass then I think my first visit to Seattle is worth missing a show at The Mill.

11 comments:

scruffylooking said...

A lot of things are worth missing a show at the Mill. Maybe that's just coming from me having worked there for several years, but I don't think it's the best music venue ever. There's something about sitting on church pews that takes me right out of the concert mood.

My girls were scared of the Life Doesn't Frighten Me book at first too. Then they loved it. I know I ask this question several times a day, but should I be worried?

Dexter said...

I think it's too late to start now.I hate the talking people at some of the Mill shows especially during solo performances. I think Doughty is bringing a band on this tour so it might not be so bad.

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