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08/02/2018

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Thank you for that, Rob.

It reminds me both of a litany, and the song of the three young men.

Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our ancestors,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever;

And blessed is your holy and glorious name,
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.

Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory,
praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.

Blessed are you on the throne of your kingdom,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

Blessed are you who look into the depths
from your throne upon the cherubim,
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.

Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,
praiseworthy and glorious forever.

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.

Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.

You heavens, bless the Lord,
praise and exalt him above all forever.

Hazo's poem is like the flip side of the above. We can choose one or the other.

This really makes me want to read more of his work.

AMDG

I'm not all that wild about it as a poem, but as a sort of litany it's very good.

In the Episcopal Church I attended in the late '70s there was a great chant that went with the song of the three young men. Haven't heard it since.

I hear this in Wendell Berry's voice.

AMDG

That's fitting.

And Hazo does sound like a very interesting man.

I'm not sure I'm really taken by the poem as a poem either. It's more the ideas and the way they're presented that I find striking. By the way, I've not read much of his poetry yet but from what I can see in the book of his that I have this one seems fairly atypical.

Berry -- yes. When I first heard it it reminded me of the poem (read by him) that appears at the beginning of the Berry documentary:

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-timbered-choir/

It (Hazo's poem) also made me think of the Carl Sandburg poem we've discussed before: "Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind".

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/four-preludes-playthings-wind

Yes. I have watched that documentary once, and seen the beginning 3 times. That might be why I heard Berry.

I think about the Sandburg all the time. I read it first at the point in my life when I was first beginning to see there was something wrong.

AMDG

I was in high school. I don't know that I connected it with anything in particular in the contemporary world, but the general relevance made a very strong impression on me.

I clicked on the link to the Berry poem and played the video there, assuming it was going to be Berry reading. I got a very loud flashy 60-second commercial for a video game called Warhunters. Nice.

Loud, flashy, and violent, I should have said.

I didn't get that, or any ad.

AMDG

"a video game called Warhunters"

A quintessentially anti-Berry product.

Exactly.

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