BLEEDING HEART, a poem by CARMEN GIMENEZ SMITH

Bleeding Heart

By Carmen Giménez Smith

My heart is bleeding. It bleeds upward and fills
my mouth up with salt. It bleeds because of a city in ruins,
the chair still warm from sister’s body,
because it will all be irreproducible. My heart
bleeds because of baby bear not finding mama bear and it bleeds
to the tips of my fingers like I painted my nails Crimson.
Sometimes my heart bleeds so much I am a raisin.
It bleeds until I am a quivering ragged clot, bleeds at the ending
with the heroine and her sunken cancer eyes, at the ending
with the plaintive flute over smoke-choked killing fields. I’m bleeding
a river of blood right now and it’s wearing a culvert in me for the blood. My heart
rises up in me, becomes the cork of me and I choke on it. I am bleeding
for you and for me and for the tiny babies and the IED-blown
leg. It bleeds because I’m made that way, all filled up with blood,
my sloppy heart a sponge filled with blood to squeeze onto
any circumstance. Because it is mine, it will always bleed.
My heart bled today. It bled onto the streets
and the steps of city hall. It bled in the pizza parlor with the useless jukebox.
I’ve got so much blood to give inside and outside of any milieu.
Even for a bad zoning decision, I’ll bleed so much you’ll be bleeding,
all of us bleeding in and out like it’s breathing,
or kissing, and because it is righteous and terrible and red.

 

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THE LOST GENERATION: A&E Biography documentary, 2001, 91min

The Lost Generation is a documentary produced by A&E Biography in 2001.  It first aired on November 15, 2001.

The Lost Generation, in general, is the post-World War I generation, but specifically a group of U.S. writers who came of age during the war and established their literary reputations in the 1920s. The term stems from a remark made by Gertrude Stein to Ernest Hemingway, “You are all a lost generation.” This generation included artists and writers who came of age during the war such as F. Scott Fitzgerald,[1] T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Olaf Stapledon, Sherwood Anderson, John Dos Passos, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Djuna Barnes, Glenway Wescott, Waldo Peirce, Isadora Duncan, Abraham Walkowitz, Ezra Pound, Alan Seeger, Henry Miller, Aldous Huxley, Malcolm Cowley, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Erich Maria Remarque, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and the composers Sergei Prokofiev, Paul Hindemith, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland.

The documentary focuses on American expatriate writers living in Paris in the 1920s,including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Archibald MacLeish, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and John Dos Passos.

KENNY WHEELER ENSEMBLE :: CONSOLATION, feat. Norma Winstone, 9:17

Consolation is the 5th part of canadian jazz trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler’s piece, The Sweet Time Suite.  The piece premiered as Disc 1 of Wheeler’s 1990 album, Music For Large & Small Ensembles, released by ECM records.

  • Kenny Wheeler – Trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Norma Winstone – vocals
  • Evan Parker – Soprano & Tenor saxophone
  • Ray Warleigh – Alto saxophone
  • Stan Sulzmann – Tenor saxophone, Flute
  • Duncan Lamont – Tenor saxophone
  • Julian Arguelles – Baritone saxophone
  • Derek Watkins – Trumpet
  • Alan Downey – Trumpet
  • Ian Hamer – Trumpet
  • Dave Horler – Trombone
  • Chris Pyne – Trombone
  • Paul Rutherford – Trombone
  • Hugh Fraser – Trombone
  • John Taylor – Piano
  • John Abercrombie – Guitar
  • Dave Holland – Bass
  • Peter Erskine – drums
  • Barbara Wojirsch – Cover Art
  • Jan Erik Kongshaug – Engineer

Malick Sidibé : Dolce Vita Africana, documentary by Cosima Spender, 2008, 80min.

Dolce Vita Africana is a documentary about the internationally renowned Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, whose iconic images from the late 1950s through the 70s captured the carefree spirit of his generation asserting their freedom after independence and up until an Islamic coup ushered in years of military dictatorship. The filmmaker travels to Sidibé’s studio in Bamako, Mali, to witness the artist at work and meet many of the subjects of his earlier photographs, whose personal stories also tell the history of Mali.

Commissioned by BBC’s Storyville.