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The White Scut of Her Bottom
Saturday, January 10, 2015




 
Swimming in the Woods
By Robin Robertson

 
Her long body in the spangled shade of the wood
was a swimmer moving through a pool:
fractal, finned by leaf and light;
the loose plates of lozenge and rhombus
wobbling coins of sunlight.
When she stopped, the water stopped,
and the sun re-made her as a tree,
banded and freckled and foxed.

 
Besieged by symmetries, condemned
to these patterns of love and loss,
I stare at the wet shape on the tiles
till it fades; when she came and sat next to me
after her swim and walked away
back to the trees, she left a dark butterfly
Today Saturday was a satisfying day. There were no teenage conflicts, no computer breakdowns and the four of us (Rosemary, our daughter Hilary and her daughter Lauren) sad down for dinner. There was a nice fire in the den. The menu consisted of my Shepherd’s Pie. The recipe is a tad complicated. I grill the ground meat in the barbecue after I coat the meat with molasses. I also grill a couple of red peppers moistened with olive oil. I cut up an onion and grind up a garlic clove. I finish this off on a fry pan while I make mashed potatoes (with cream and butter). While the meat is cooking I pour about a cup of liquid that is made up of a bit of soy sauce, mustard, ketchup and chopped olives. Once the pie is ready for the oven I grind a lot of good Romano Cheese and mix it with finely chopped onion. Rosemary made a salad and I prepared some corn on the cob. Our drink consisted of fresh orange juice blended with canned peaches. Dessert (Lauren demurred) consisted of fried bananas. At the last moment I decided against firing it up with Calvados.
The evening’s film was Robert Altman’s beautiful and awfully realistic ballet/modern dance film (2003) The Company. I had seen it before so I knew that Lauren, who is a keen balletomane, would enjoy it. We all did.

After taking the two home I settled on the bed with Rosemary to read the Sunday NY Times which is delivered on Saturdays around 9.
In the Book Review I found a page with the portrait of a man (Scottish poet Robin Robertson) who resembles John Irving. I read the review and I was flabbergasted by the intensity of image of this man’s poems about women, their bodies and I guess,sex.

One of my peculiar delights is to illustrate poems I like with photographs from my files. I realized quickly that I have not photographed too many women in forest environments (Swimming in the Woods) and the second one from Venery “the white scut of her bottom” left me in a quandary. I narrowed it down to the two photographs you see here. In order to “filter out” some of the bits I scanned the b+w negatives (from the bottom part of the scanner) with a sheet of smoky paper I purchased at Opus last month.

I believe I will have to buy Sailing the Forest – Selected Poems by Robin Robertson

Venery
By  Robin Robertson  

What am I to think now,
the white scut
of her bottom
disappearing
down the half-flight
carpet stair
to the bathroom?
What am I to do
with this masted image?
I put all my doubt
to the mouth of her long body,
let her draw the night

out of me like a thorn.

Robin Robertson reads (go for the second one about the artichoke)


 



     

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9/4/16 - 9/11/16

9/11/16 - 9/18/16

9/18/16 - 9/25/16

9/25/16 - 10/2/16

10/2/16 - 10/9/16

10/9/16 - 10/16/16

10/16/16 - 10/23/16

10/23/16 - 10/30/16

10/30/16 - 11/6/16

11/6/16 - 11/13/16

11/13/16 - 11/20/16

11/20/16 - 11/27/16

11/27/16 - 12/4/16

12/4/16 - 12/11/16

12/11/16 - 12/18/16

12/18/16 - 12/25/16

12/25/16 - 1/1/17

1/1/17 - 1/8/17

1/8/17 - 1/15/17

1/15/17 - 1/22/17

1/22/17 - 1/29/17

1/29/17 - 2/5/17

2/5/17 - 2/12/17

2/12/17 - 2/19/17

2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17

3/12/17 - 3/19/17

3/19/17 - 3/26/17

3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17