Apr 16, 2011

Stephen Crane, "In the Desert": Halloween in April







In the Desert by Stephen Crane : The Poetry Foundation [poem]



I'm not much of a memorizer, but Stephen Crane's "In the Desert" is so packed with dynamite (and so short) that I got it down, somewhere back there in youth. Sometimes I used it on first dates. I thought it made me sound deep. Over time, a pattern emerged: no one who heard it on a first date wanted to go out again. Women. Go figure.

11 comments:

altadenahiker said...

I still would have gone out with you a second time -- if you were really, really cute.

Banjo52 said...

But what about deep? Johnny Deep? Nice guys and deep guys BOTH finish last? Cruel world.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I would have married you

Jean Spitzer said...

I love these photos.

Saw a vulture up close last week.

Banjo52 said...
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Banjo52 said...

PA, atta girl.

Jean, thanks. What a difference between vultures up close vs. in flight, eh?

Brenda's Arizona said...

Creepy.
I would have worried about you. I'd probably tell my mom you were weird, creepy. I'd be curious, but scared. Marry you? I'd be afraid you'd eat my heart out, too. Would you keep a notebook of all the hearts you have consumed?

Paula said...

B52, gawon, you've always worn your heart on your sleeve.

Banjo52 said...

I'm gonna turn this into a dating blog!!

Banjo52 said...

Brenda, way to go Gothic . . . Have you ever dated Stephen King?

Paula, long time. Great to hear from you again.

Barbaro said...

Is it too late to comment on the poem? Cuz I got nuthin on dating you.

Strikes me as something that would have been better if written by William Blake ("The Poison Tree"?). Free verse with slightly arch or archaic diction and in-your-face symbolism makes it seem oddly stiff and swell-chested.

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