Recent Obsessions and Current Fixations #5


Beat poetry

PTX's new album

Cheesecake

Volunteering

Warm fires

Scrambled eggs

Hiking

Asics

Photography

Parsnips*

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What have you been loving lately? Comment below :)

Namarië,
Ellie

*Don't look at me like that. Parsnips are legit perf.

9 comments:

  1. Asics. Excellent shoes for my excellent feet. I've had 3 of the same pair, and when the shoe part gets old, I put the insole into converse and boots.
    Beat poetry?
    Actually I've never tried parsnips.
    What volunteery thing have you been doing? (I feel like these should come with explanations or anecdotes, but you probably have it like that so you can talk to folks in the comments.)

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    1. I just got my first pair a couple months ago and they're so comfy and pretty (they have purple and mint accents) and gaaah yes.
      Beat poetry is a type of poetry popularized in the 1950s. It addressed issues such as censorship of the media and focused on people's spiritual quests, sexual liberation, and explicit portrayals of humanity. It's often very raw, with strange punctuation, capitalization, and formatting, and every piece I've ever read has been free verse. Jack Kerouac is one of the most famous of the beat poets. Here's a sample of his work: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/2nd-chorus-mexico-city-blues/. It's one of my favorites of his.
      YOU MUST. They're slightly bitter but slightly sweet and everything balances everything out and they're so good and multi-dimensional and gahh. You must have them roasted though.
      Well, I'm trying to get the service cord (210 hours) when I graduate high school, so I've figured that out as about 25 hours per semester, which is over twice the requirement. So I've been doing things like volunteering at youth retreats, packaging meals for the hungry, helping out at this AMAZING organization that helps kids with mental and physical disabilities play baseball, etc. Up next I'm going to do a couple shifts for a Phonathon at my school, and then I'm hoping to get a gig setting up the local holiday lights show.

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    2. Man is not worried in the middle

      Man in the Middle
      Is not Worried
      He knows his Karma
      Is not buried

      But his Karma,
      Unknown to him,
      May end -

      Which is Nirvana

      Wild Men
      Who Kill
      Have Karmas
      Of ill

      Good Men
      Who Love
      Have Karmas
      Of dove

      Snakes are Poor Denizens of Hell
      Have come surreptitioning
      Through the tall grass
      To face the pool of clear frogs

      It's that one, right?
      I'm having trouble understanding it.
      So karma is the force of the universe that makes sure everything is balanced, right? What goes around comes around and all that. Doing bad things to people makes bad things happen to you and doing good things to people lets good things happen to you, as I understand it. So when you're in the middle, neither good nor bad, that's when karma ends and nirvana begins, and from what I remember from 6th grade social studies, nirvana is nothingness??
      Oh wait- the dictionary says: Buddhism. freedom from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations, with their consequent suffering, as a result of the extinction of individual passion, hatred, and delusion: attained by the Arhat as his goal but postponed by the Bodhisatt.
      So I'm assuming karma is a part of that cycle or reincarnations (and your karma from this life affects what you are in the next one?)
      Ok. I think I got it.
      Except for the snake bit.
      A denizen is an inhabitant, resident, or citizen of someplace. So snakes belong in hell, it's saying.
      And then surreptitioning is being stealthy.
      So snakes from hell sneaking through some grass to look at frogs must be a metaphor for something.
      Hell if I know what.
      Or maybe he was just high that day, I don't know. I read a bit about beat poetry and aside from sex and swearing and weird formatting they also liked drugs.

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    3. Beat poetry seems like music.
      Sex- check
      Drugs- check ("I got sunshine in a bag, the future is coming on, it's coming on" I forget who sings that. Maybe The Gorillaz?)
      Swearing- check
      Making very little sense if you aren't paying attention- check
      Challenging censorship- check (I think of the Jane's Addiction "Nothing's Shocking" album cover. The intent was to make it as shocking as possible, of course.)
      Exploring human nature- check (Ain't No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant or What It's Like by Everlast are the two I can think of at the moment. They're pretty similar songs.)
      And even the formatting weirdness keeps up. If you don't know the tune of a song or how it's supposed to go together, it can seem pretty damn weird. "So many bright lights to cast a shadow. But can I speak? Well, is it hard understanding I'm incomplete?"

      It's just evolved from the guy with the black beret and the bongos on his lap to a group of guys with guitars across their shoulders.

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    4. Yes, that's it.
      Very good interpretation. I like it. Hurrah for Detective Gwen!
      "I only want sympathy in the form of you crawling into bed with me."
      "I want it so bad I'll shoot the sunshine into my veins."
      "If home is where the heart is, then we're all just fucked."
      "We're the frozen fruit."
      While we're tossing around lyrics. Those all ended up being FOB. Huh. (The first one was from "Dance, Dance" the second two from "27" (literally their most underrated song), and the last a misheard lyric from "Centuries". (it actually goes "poisoned youth"))
      MCRRRRR.
      It is a lot like music, I think. I think songs are free verse poetry, actually, just with music put to them. And poetry could therefore be considered songs sans music.

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  2. Hi Ellie, I'm having a 'Halloween Prompt Night' on my blog.

    I gave people prompts, and the point of it is to write a story and ill share them with everyone on the 31st, is that something you'd be interested in or no?

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  3. ELLIE ELLIE ELLE MAKE AMERICA PSYCHO AGAIN IRRESISTIBLE, AB/AP AND THE KIDS AREN'T ALL RIGHT HAVE BEEN RELEASED ON SPOTIFY ELLIE IRRESISTIBLE IS SO GOOD YOU MUST LISTEN BUT THEY'VE KILLED AB/AP AND THE KIDS AREN'T ALRIGHT THEY AREN'T VERY GOOD K BYE.

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    1. OH MY GOD YES YES YES I SADLY DON'T HAVE SPOTIFY BUT I AM STILL VERY EXCITE AND SHALL ATTEMPT TO HUNT DOWN A WAY TO LISTEN.

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