Richard Hell Weather

ISBN 13: 9780966632804

Weather

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Weather is a sublime, chilling, and hilarious twelve-poem-long set of variations on, or mutations departing from, one short lyrical text ["The weather was still exciting. The whole city seemed to optically snap with the cool brightness of the just-moist light and air ricocheting in pings and flapping planes from surface of stone to surface of stone around and through the teeming traffic flesh and pumped out metal fumes and fresh water widely below and entering the underlooked and overseeing sky."] The perfect cover art is by Christopher Wool (whose giant show that originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A., is now at the Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh).

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Hell first became known as a musician in the mid 70s. He was a founding member of Television, the Heartbreakers, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids. His albums include Blank Generation, Destiny Street, and R.I.P. For the last decade+ his focus has been on writing, and he's the author of the novel Go Now (Scribner, 1996) as well as numerous other books. Hes working on a new novel about poets.

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Four poems from Weather by Richard Hell:

THE WEATHER WAS STILL EXCITING

The whole city seemed
to optically snap
with the cool
brightness of the just-moist light
and air ricocheting
in pings and flapping planes from
surface of stone to
surface of stone around
and through the teeming
traffic flesh and pumped
out metal fumes and fresh
water widely below and
entering the underlooked
and overseeing sky.
___________________________________________

The whole city seemed to
optically snap with the
cool bright
ness of the just moist
light and air ricocheting
in pings and flapping planes
widely below and crazed
with glee like squiggly arrows
of imagination fleeing
big Ma, the sky, to which
at the end of the day
they must return, bounced
from the hard world.
___________________________________________

SMEARED

The whole city seemed to
optically snap with the
cool bright
ness of the just moist
light and air ricocheting
in pings and flapping planes
widely below and
--I can't seem
to say right what, wanting
to describe [depict show present] the rubble crumbling light and air
returning later
to their [nothing] [original (dis)appearance]
beginning in the sky which
I concluded [intuited accepted understood envisioned foresaw ascertained deduced]
would leave only
a chill on the paper
that would suddenly feel [palpitate breathe] like generous death.
___________________________________________

The whole city seemed to
optically snap with the
cool bright
ness of the just moist
light and air ricocheting
in pings and flapping planes
widely below the
even wider sky, into
which, like broken chair legs, like
cubism, the deconstructed
pretty light and air is later
sucked backwards, leaving only
an empty chill on the paper.

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