“The road from appearance to reality is often very hard and long, and many people make only very poor travelers. We must forgive them when they stagger against us as if against a brick wall.” —Franz Kafka

Thursday, July 11, 2013


"Before they came the air was calm enough,
Coming and going, breath by breath, without any fuss.
Then the tulips filled it up like a loud noise.
Now the air snags and eddies round them the way a river.....
(excerpt from "Tulips" by Sylvia Plath)

This via Buzzfeed via Brain Pickings. Sylvia Plath reading her poem "Tulips".

I did not realize she was also an artist.


Mr. Donut said...

Formerly I had been fond of tulips, but the angsty teen girl part of the large dude that I actually am feels some ambivalence now. I hadn't ever noticed Plath's lisp before. I imagine her named spelled "Plass" now.

asha said...

What lisssssPaaa?

Roy said...

Odd. I didn't choose to listen to the clip, but read the poem instead, then I listened (curious about the lisp) and thought I liked the voice in my mind's ear better. But . . . I don't particularly like poetry, because too often I don't get it. But like Plath's visual artwork, her drawings (did you see them?) this was very clear and drawn out just right, for me, and I really liked it.

Mr. Donut said...

I was surprised by the drawings, that they were so technically proficient and also that they were not nearly as dark or challenging as her poems. And I haven't yet heard a poet who can read her/his own work except maybe Dylan Thomas.