Clattery MacHinery on Poetry

February 25, 2008

Elliot’s Car & Sully’s Truck

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                Elliot’s Car & Sully’s Truck
   

                Elliot, 2003

                Elliot and his wife have come to buy
                a silver Impala. “Our last car,” he says.

                “Now, how do you know this will be your last car?”
                “How old do you think I am?” he asks back.

                “Oh, early 80s?”
                “I’m 93-years-old,” he asserts with a smile.

                “Even so, how can you know this will be your last car?”
                He pauses looking to the side.

                “You’re right,” he says,
                “My sister is 103 and she still drives.”
   

                Sully, 2005

                Sully and I are driving back
                after trying the white Silverado

                in his garage. “Things are working out,”
                he says with great cheer, “It fits. We did it!”

                “Yes, we did. You know something Sul?
                One of my customers is older than you.

                “He was your age, 93, when he bought
                a new Impala a couple years back.

                “I remember him saying he was buying his last car.”
                Sully, emphasizing meter: “What a terrible attitude!”
   

 


   

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September 14, 2006

Jack Kerouac, the 20th Century’s Greatest Poet: One Hour of Video

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The original Bud Bloom post contained video that is now unavailable online. Here, we begin instead with the video “Lowell Blues”, a film by Henry Ferrini. Here is a quote from the Ferrini Productions site: “Lowell Blues is a 30 minute Film Poem fusing language, music and image to explore Jack Kerouac’s childhood holyland–Lowell Massachusetts. The film is excerpted from Kerouac’s novel, Dr. Sax that is set in his hometown.”

 

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Here is the 1959 film “Pull My Daisy”, with Gregory Corso & Alan Ginsberg, and produced by Robert Frank & Alfred Leslie. This was included in the original post.
 

 

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And here in three parts, replacing his reading with Steve Allen, is Jack Kerouac reading from “On the Road”:

 

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