I am much relieved this morning that nothing changed overnight re: election results. Congratulations to President Obama for being re-elected, and may we have a good "four more years"! Thanks to Mitt Romney for a brief, dignified concession speech. Best wishes to all, and thanks to everyone who voted. Everyone. Voting is good.
I think most of the world is relieved by the results of this election in the USA, too. And here is a fun "real time" account of it all by an American in France: from Two Beans or Not Two Beans. Next time, I, too, will get hold of some "alcoholic chocolates."
Tonight is book group. We'll discuss The Innocents, by Francesca Segal, a sort of re-seeing of The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton, as if it took place in a contemporary London Jewish community. I look forward to the discussion, and I really want to watch the movie again--based on The Age of Innocence--as I think that was one of those book-to-film movies I saw first, sending me to read the novel, and sending me on an Edith Wharton binge. Or maybe it was the other way around, as I didn't see it on the big screen.... My mind is more and more like a big (window) screen, resembling a large wire sieve.
I've been mulling over various movies and movie-book treatments lately. Every year I try to see To Kill a Mockingbird on or near Halloween (because of the ham costume, the school pageant on Halloween), and it's hitting movie theatres again on November 15, if you want the big (movie) screen experience.
I watched Meet John Doe because of the current election season and to ponder things for a recent talk in church, called "The Mop and the Microphone," posted here. Cloud Atlas also worked its way into that.
And that's enough for this Random Coinciday Poetry Someday Hump of the Week.
"You must change your life," said Rilke. So that's what I keep doing. I worked as an actor and director in Chicago, wrote for an encyclopedia, edited two poetry journals, shelved and retrieved materials in several libraries, walked beans, and was an assistant professor of English. Now I serve as Poetry Editor and Editor at Large for Escape Into Life, an online arts magazine, write & edit as a freelancer, blog "eight days a week," study the random, tend perennials, and listen to birdsong.