ahh, shit - really liked this guy's writing
― heck i've even been an 'oyster pirate' (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 26 May 2017 09:21 (three years ago) link
one of my favourites, poetry and his short fiction. jesus' son is a book you can keep coming back to.
― Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Friday, 26 May 2017 10:07 (three years ago) link
Good stories of taking a workshop with him:
I was lucky to be in Denis Johnson's workshop at the Michener Center two years ago. He was an unorthodox and beloved teacher. Some memories:— Kelly Luce (@lucekel) May 26, 2017
― to pimp a barfly (Eazy), Saturday, 27 May 2017 18:44 (three years ago) link
friend posted his poem a monk's insomnia on fb, and the "but it's terror..." lines had me breathless:
The monastery is quiet. Seconaldrifts down upon it from the moon.I can see the lightsof the city I came from,can remember how a boy sets outlike something thrown from the furnaceof a star. In the conflagration of memorymy people sit on green benches in the park,terrified, evil, broken by love—to sit with them inside that invisible fireof hours day after day while the shadow of the milkbillboard crawled across the streetseemed impossible, but howwas it different from here,where they have one day they play overand over as if they thinkit is our favorite, and we stayfor our natural lives,a phrase that conjures up the sun’sdark ash adrift after ten billion yearsof unconsolable burning? Brother Thomas’schoolgirl obsession with the cheapdoings of TV starlets breakseverybody’s heart, and the yellow sapof one particular race of cactus growstragic for the fascination in whichit imprisons Brother Toby—I can’t witnesshis slavering and relating how it can be changedinto some unprecedented kind of plastic—and the monastery refusesto say where it is taking us. At nightwe hear the trainers from the basedown there, and see them blotting out the stars,and I stand on the hill and listen, bone-white with desire.It was love that sent me on the journey,love that called me home. But it’s terrorof being just one person—one chance, one set of days—that keeps me absolutely still and makes me listenintently to those young men above usflying in their airplanes in the dark.
― Fizzles, Saturday, 27 May 2017 18:47 (three years ago) link
ty for posting ^a great poet
― schlump, Sunday, 28 May 2017 00:53 (three years ago) link
is TOS worth the read?
― the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 May 2017 00:56 (three years ago) link
i haven't ever read the whole thing but everything i know's great-
I want to say thatforgiveness keeps on
dividing, that hopegives issue to hope,
and more, but of course Iam saying what is
said when in this darkhallway one encounters
you, and paws andassaults you—love
affairs, fast lies—and yousay it back and we
blunder deeper, as wouldany pair of loosed
marionettess, any coupleof cadavers cut lately
from the scaffold,in the secluded hallways
of whatever isholding us up now.
― schlump, Sunday, 28 May 2017 01:07 (three years ago) link
that's beautiful, thx
― flopson, Sunday, 28 May 2017 01:09 (three years ago) link
I like Tree of Smoke a lot. It isn't a particularly arduous read, so yeah I'd say it was worth it. RIP.
― albvivertine, Sunday, 28 May 2017 01:43 (three years ago) link
https://www.92y.org/event/a-memorial-for-denis-johnsonoctober 2 - With Arthur Bradford, Kevin Corrigan, Billy Crudup, Michael Cunningham, Michael Cryer, Michael Dickman, Neal Huff, Emily McDonnell, Sam Messer, Deirdre O’Connell, Will Patton, Michael Shannon, J. Ryan Stradal and others
― Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 14 September 2017 21:44 (three years ago) link
got a bunch of his short novels out from the library, looking forward to em (if i ever get a chance to read this semester)
― flopson, Thursday, 14 September 2017 23:24 (three years ago) link
the rehab story in "Largesse Of The Sea Maiden" has totally destroyed me. amazing.
― sleeve, Wednesday, 25 December 2019 13:49 (nine months ago) link