543[aloha-donblanding] Re: A question for the group
- Mar 5, 2000Hi Larry,
Yes, it does seem that all the regulars have paused to take a breath,
doesn't it? But if you look back at the volume of messages that have been
posted here in just a few short weeks, I guess it's to be expected that
things would slow down.
I guess if I was really "obliged" to name my favorite DB poem I would have
to say Vagabond's House, just because it's been familiar to me for close to
forty years. As I have said many times, I first heard it on the radio, read
by Paul Reid, in the 60s. At about the same time I purchased a book
intitled "The Best Loved Poems Of The American People" and was thrilled to
find Vagabond's House in it. It was not until the mid 90s that I acquired
any of DB's books, my first purchases being a signed copy of Vagabond's
House and an unsigned copy of The Rest Of The Road. I found them both in a
little used book store in Ottawa. I recently purchased a first edition of
Songs Of The Seven Senses from a store in Illinois which I contacted
through the Internet.
In those three books, of course, I have found many hours of enjoyment and
many works that I love, but it would take a long time, I think, to supplant
the one that has given me so much pleasure, relaxation, dreams and memories
for such a long time as has Vagabond's House.
But, if a list of "potentials" might be permitted I would mention :
The Spun Glass Ship
Names Are Ships
Farewell To Vagabond's House
There are certainly others, but those are the ones that come to mind just
now. Also, The Tranquil Hour, which I read in Floridays at the public
library in Toronto, is very poignant and I wonder if indeed he got to
choose his hour as he talked about in that poem.
Well I do tend to get long-winded don't I?
(*that's Aloha in Quebec)
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