e.e. cummings is my absolute poetry idol, even though I can't even claim to understand all his work. (He was deeply, deeply weird.) I just realized last weekend that some people have never even encountered his poetry, so I figured I ought to share. Remember, this is not mine, it's his!
somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near
your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skillfully, mysteriously) her first rose
or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing
(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands
There's an ongoing debate as to whether his name should actually be spelled 'e.e.' or (gasp!) 'E.E.' I really don't much care.
Katja-Nora Bochnikova has decided to run for the European Parliament. Better known as Dolly Buster, one of the biggest names in the European porn industry, she has made literally hundreds of X-rated films, as well as written a series of books starring one Lilly DeLight, a fictional porn-star-turned-amateur-detective. The books have been so successful that Bochnikova has even been inducted into Das Syndikat, the association of German mystery authors. However, Dolly Buster apparently now feels that her talents should be turned in yet another direction. "I want to represent the Czech Republic's interests in Brussels," she says.
So this is what people do when they can't do porn anymore, eh?