A Place to Read Poetry

The Jackdaw’s Nest is poetry compiled by a retired college professor somewhere in the deep south. Typically they are short poems, easy to fit into your life. I’ve linked him for future navagation.

Coen Bros. Ranked

  1. The Big Lebowski
  2. Fargo
  3. No Country for Old Men
  4. The Man Who Wasn’t There
  5. Intolerable Cruelty
  6. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  7. Hudsucker Proxy
  8. The Ladykillers
  9. Burn After Reading
  10. Miller’s Crossing
  11. Barton Fink
  12. Blood Simple
  13. Raising Arizona
  • Big Lebowski I could watch for the rest of my life. 
  • Marge Gunderson from Fargo is the single greatest female role ever, positively nailed by Frances McDormand (but I have to agree with Don Cheadle he woulda crushed Fargo). 
  • I still have some bitterness for NCFOM, since it stole top honors from There Will Be Blood.
  • Very underrated, Will Bob Thorton is quite compelling.
  • Intolerable Cruelty while flawed is still a good romantic comedy and wildly enjoyable. It’s George Clooney’s best comedic performance outside of wearing a purple Batman suit with nipples, something that is a total howler. 
  • I should probably watch this again. I remember Clooney being funny here too.
  • You know? For kids.
  • You must watch The Ladykillers forthwith.
  • Burn After Reading is the Coen brothers not-so-subtly implying that the critics overrate them. (Also, Brad Pitt: Best Performance Ever).
  • I will admit that from Burn downwards I’ve only watched once. I missed the train on Raising Arizona, which, like Forest Gump, must be seen in the day to appreciate, I think.

from 73 Poems by E.E. Cummings

This weekend for the low price of a quarter I purchased a hardback edition of 73 Poems by E.E. Cummings. It is not one of his best books, but there’s still some fine work from him. One of my favorites from the book:

for any ruffian of the sky
your kingbird doesn’t give a damn-
his royal warcry is I AM
and he’s the soul of chivalry

in terror of whose furious beak
(as sweetly singing creatures know)
cringes the hugest heartless hawk
and veers the vast most crafty crow

your kingbird doesn’t give a damn
for murderers of high estate
whose mongrel creed is Might Makes Right
-his royal warcry is I AM

true to his mate his chicks his friends
he loves because he cannot fear
(you see it in the way he stand
and looks and leaps upon the air)

Basho & the Famous Frog Haiku


Furu ike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto


old pond
a frog jumps into
the sound of water

Translated by Jane Reichhold

The old pond
A frog jumped in,

Translated by Alan Ginsberg

For 30 more translations plus one commentary go here.

I should also mention that Reichhold’s  Basho The Complete Haiku is the best collection of haiku ever.

My attempt:

an old pond
a frog jumps into
the water sounds