Surfeit of Haecceity [Today's News Poem by Khakjaan Wessington, April 6, 2012]
“Somebody’s got to live this life,”
The ghost of oil.
The god of speed.
The devil of boredom.
The curse of responsibility.
The heaven of consumption.
The thrill of electronic letters.
A story of technical glasses: lighting the prophet.
Siren: the scripture when spoken.
Apes in the city: clowns in the funhouse.
What is the surface of hell?
What of this surfeit of hell?
And when will we surface from hell?
I was swimming in the murk of my own ignorance.
I was swimming in the filth of my desires.
I was following my erection.
It hardened like concrete;
Melted like chocolate, then it hardened like a building of stone—
Melted like a mountain in the rain,
Rose again like Jesus—Lord of termites (he is risen from the mound)—
And sky its lover drowned the erection filled with insects.
I am a broken wheel,
The escaping neon gas,
The kilobits per second.
I am the devil of the details,
And I am a wheel;
A story of light
“If you think it's impossible for one person to change the world, we have two words for you: Peter Douglas. Faced with what seemed like an inexorable tide of development, oil drilling and privatization, Douglas set out in the 1970s to protect California's coastline. Without his passion, leadership and political skill, we would not have the largely pristine, breathtakingly beautiful, publicly accessible coast that millions from around the world travel to see and that Californians treasure. He stood up to powerful landowners, from the Hearst Corp. to the Pebble Beach Co., and to pro-drilling presidents, from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush. He was vilified by would-be developers -- then again, you can't change the world and still have everybody love you. Douglas believed the vast majority of Californians support coastal preservation. We think so, too. As he pointed out in August at his last commission meeting, "The coast is never saved. It's always being saved."”
—Mercury News Editorial, 04/05/2012 03:36:34 PM PDT
““Somebody’s got to live this life,” he says, gesturing to the pristine view from his penthouse villa. “God decided it should be me.” ”
—Kevin Roose, The New York Times, April 4, 2012, 4:18 pm Investment Banking | Special Section Spring 2012
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