Folliet Poem: FOOTFALLS ENCORE for Beckett’s 110th

FOOTFALLS ENCORE

+in honor of the 110th anniversary

of the birth

of Samuel Beckett

13 April 1906+

“The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.”

(1st line of his 1st novel, Murphy, entered in 1st of Murphy

manuscript notebooks 5/9/1935)

when every shoe hurts

no shoe fits like a glove

right foot left foot right foot left foot

become painful acts of love

just do one foot at a time

like all the other times

right foot first every time

left foot second every time

until the last footfall-

left or right as it may befall

Folliet Poetry: ACORNS & AUTUMN LEAVES

ACORNS & AUTUMN LEAVES

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”

John Keats

vibrant hued falling season

bright with promise tinged with rue

breezes rustle to a frosty fate

but not too late to rack & rake

memories fond, fearful & true

into love’s last great bonfire

until in winter’s arms we expire

Folliet Poetry: Pips & Quips

1

DESIRING

we can’t govern our affections”

Washington Square-Henry James

hungry for the one thing everybody loses-

young loving”

Jazz-Toni Morrison

Which is it, Aphrodite?

What say you, John Keats?

Beauty & Truth?

Or

Beauty & Youth?

Just asking….

2

COPING

-for CAT-

a toke at 10 for one

a taste at 11 the other

cool libations at lunch for 2

together or alone

smart girls know what to do

3

YEARNING

Youthful yearning?

Or

Yearning for youth?

Which years are more fun?

4

POETRY

Attack the didactic

All right & yet

Who better than the poets

To light the way

Toward elusive

Beauty, truth, peace?

5

A SNAPPY APERÇU

A quippy girl is equipped

For life

&

Its assaults

Sexist or otherwise

EXIT 13 ENTER 14* — New Year Haiku by Mary Folliet

EXIT 13 ENTER 14*

 

Exit, pursued by a bear.” “The Winter’s Tale”

 

what is the word” Beckett

 

how shall we know it

tragicomic calendar

year of the sonnet

OCTOBER’S REALITY CHECK Poetspace: Mary Folliet

OCTOBER’S REALITY CHECK

(autumn 2012: the post-fall fall)

1

topaz tree tops flash

warning winter’s white expense

some greens yearn for spring

2

flaming forward fast

amidst lemon, crimson, rust

topaz tree tops flash

3

jeweled mums abound

albino pumpkins astound

topaz tree tops last

4

autumn breezes blow

topaz tree tops flash then fall

while October goes

Poetspace: Mary Folliet Hard Times Encore • Good Times Ahead 2012

A HAIKU DUO FOR 2012

Hard Times Encore

~a Café Loup haiku~

what a see-saw world

these turbulent trying times

no exit in sight

Good Times Ahead

~a New Year’s wish~

peace & love maybe

but please first fair play for all

then we’ll rock ’n’ roll

—Mary Folliet

POETSPACE – Mary Folliet – GAMING LIFE

GAMING LIFE
“the black idea of winning”
–Bertolt Brecht

there is no contest
no opponent
no side to take
no stakes to risk
no prize to win
no victory to hope
only moments to kill
& longing to live

 

Mary Folliet NYC 2011

POETSPACE – Mary Folliet – LINING UP FOR FALL

LINING UP FOR FALL

fall lineups galore

fashion, fiction, Broadway, art

fall back time hour saved

back to school, work, home routines

rousing us to our fixed fate

—Mary Folliet, NYC Autumn 2011

ONE 10 • Poetspace

Bebelplatz
We huddle, peer through
the pane of glass at our feet
pebbled with raindrops

as a large man crouches down
with a folded tissue, gently
wipes them away

revealing more to us
than bare shelves
and missing books.

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ONE 9 • Poetspace

Vestibul med perspektiv Swedish
Cecelia Johanna Kopra
inte här, snälla
akuten är runt hörnet
nej, inte här
piccolo på röda mattan, två bagagevagnar i mässing
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ONE 8 • Poetspace

In the beginning was the Word,
somebody added an I
and all hell broke loose
.
—Peter Porter, from Cross Stitch

enjoy, link, but no copying. ©2009

Photography of Andy Warhol, Michael Wisenhunt, John Sex, Javier, International Crisis, Rebecca Field, The Warhol Skull, Leigh Bowery, John Kelley, Betsy Johnson, Marcus Leatherdale, Cirque du Soleil, Mark Garbarino Madonna and Keith Haring by Marcus Leatherdale www.MarcusLeatherdale.com

Poets: Peter Porter, Kevin Cadwallender, Robert Burns, Lord Alfred Douglas, Lord Gawain Douglas, Mary Folliet, Peter McCarey, Marilyn Chiat, John Calder, Angus Peter Campbell, Judith Taylor, Ken Abrams

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ONE 6 • Poetspace 6: International Poetry

In the Thigh of Evening
for H.C.
We sit here in the thigh of evening
you in my memory and I–
black treetops are moving
music scored on sky
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ONE 5 • Poetspace 5: Margaret Atwood, Mary Folliet and Sarah Porter

Faster

 

 

Walking was not fast enough, so we ran.

Running was not fast enough, so we galloped.

Galloping was not fast enough, so we sailed.

Sailing was not fast enough, so we rolled

merrily along on the long metal tracks. Long

metal tracks were not fast enough, so we

drove. Driving was not fast enough, so we flew.

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ONE 3 • Poetspace 3: Mary Palmer, Steve Plummer and Kevin Cadwallender

WORLD OF WORDS
~in memory of Players
Edwin Booth & Samuel Clemens~
Words are nets through which all truth escapes”
– Paula Fox

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ONE 3 • Paris Notes: Plus Ça Change Plus c’est la Même Chose, However…

PLUS ÇA CHANGE PLUS C’EST LA MÊME CHOSE: HOWEVER…

(The more things change the more they remain the same, however…)

“Je t’aime, ô capitale infâme!”
—Charles Baudelaire (“Le Spleen de Paris”)

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ONE 2 • Poetspace 2: Folliet, Calder and French Decadents

Entre Guillemets

“Euphemistically Speaking” or Are You Kidding Me?

Every jest is an earnest in the womb of time”

– George Bernard Shaw

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ONE 1 • When the Reverse is also True: a Conversation on Culture, Art and Literature

When the Reverse is also True: a Conversation on Culture, Art and Literature

On 21 August 2006 in Edinburgh, Martin Belk interviewed two esteemed men of letters and culture, Jim Haynes and John Calder.

On 21 August 2007, excerpts from that spry conversation opened an international web event entitled When the Reverse Is True, and I had the double privilege/honor as the international female participant of contributing by streaming live from the comfort of my New York living room, while moderator Martin Belk gathered Mr. Haynes, Mr. Calder and The Skinny editor Rupert Thomson before a live studio audience in Edinburgh to move the conversation about the future of culture, art and literature forward. read more —>