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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ballad of a Weekend - Part II & III

From MOVIE LOGIC: Poems, Erik La Prade's forthcoming book of poetry from Poets Wear Prada:


Ballad of a Weekend
II
In the bedroom’s fireplace,
The fire that burned Rome
Glows: a red shadow,
Reflected in the old clock’s glass face,
Turning time to diamond-hard memory.
Nearby, a violin hangs on the wall;
Its broken strings, like crèche angels, implore us
To repent from our morning lust,
And save ourselves from old faults.

III
Sailing, we drift in a haze of water
Blue Chinese waves on porcelain.
Fuck your analyst!
I don’t want you to understand me,

Or give me a lecture
On the language of the senses
Not while the breeze is cool on my skin
And I can watch you sunbathe nude.
 
MOVIE LOGIC: Poems by Erik La Prade
List Price: $12.00
5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
36 pages
Poets Wear Prada
ISBN-13: 978-0615761237 (Custom)
ISBN-10: 0615761232
BISAC: Poetry / American / General


"In this latest collection Erik La Prade continues his cinematic verse celebration of urbanity and human tenderness, showing us life freeze-framed into mise-en-scènes of hilarity and heartbreak, as he walks the high wire of a 21st-century NYC life in the arts."
— ALAN KAUFMAN, author of Drunken Angel
editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry 


 "La Prade is a gifted poet, memoirist, critic, photographer, and urban chronicler of lost artistic and literary byways, with a historian's eye for New York cultural history and downtown avant-garde. Put simply, he dazzles."
— GARY SHAPIRO, journalist

1 comment:

  1. THe excerpt is bone-china fragile, with a Tourette's-like twitch of self-reflection thrown in for spice.

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