The Day the World Ends (Poems)

By Ethan Coen

From the most creative and celebrated filmmakers of the 20 th century, and co-creator of such classics as Fargo, No nation for outdated males, and real Grit, a suite of poems that gives humor and perception into an artist who has continually driven the bounds of his craft.

Ethan Coen's screenplays have stunned and thrilled foreign audiences with their hilarious imaginative and prescient and bizarrely profound realizing of human nature. This eccentric genius is printed back within the Day the realm Ends, a notable diversity of poems which are as humorous, ribald, provocative, uncooked, and sometimes touching because the tremendous movies that experience made the Coen brothers cult legends.

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I SHALL FETCH YOU: identify maybe of Tartar king? I SHALL FETCH YOU. I SHALL FETCH YOU. fragrant root? AT 8 COME DO or I SHALL FETCH YOU— phrases that spur—and slip—pursuit. The lagging brain, notwithstanding, might be fetched, And that may lead that after was once led. leap on, ergo, upon the mattress the place beckoned beckons in its flip. Come too, at 8 come do, to benefit to determine the shore— the place seething water Slides from land And fetches again, in cycles, and Rewrites the final wave’s sinuous High-water line upon the sand— As yet one more position the place you’ll locate trailing overtaking—the All-present rule. My daring conjecture, New-seen slant, clean decoction New-decant From Mind’s alembic and retort may be the stuff of my subsequent lecture: inner most fact eschews aid, Scorns buttress, baling, strut or remain. With logic’s corset stripped away 3 ladies may—and then, re-may— Write loops-in-air, as oceans draw And redraw S’s at the sands. certain meets Rebound, for less than what's stilted stands. sooner than my thought may perhaps mature There got here a knocking on the door. In trotted, bearing brimming ewer And tooth basin, The functionary—mortarboarded And berobéd, as earlier than. yet why his smile fixed—or did He grimace really? No: he slid His lips again extra now to reveal His molars—foil packet clenched Between—and there, With spear outthrust, A Trojan soldier, spittle-drenched. A sideboard served as floor for the bathing issues, set part by means of aspect, And, arms now unfastened, my trustworthy consultant Plucked from his mouth the packet and used to be poker-faced back. He murmured, “Cheers; precautions,” passed Me the packet, hiked his gown And cocked his hip to drag a creased crimson shawl of open-weave batiste From again left pocket. Snapped out complete And swept upon the bedside lamp, It served as tinter. My guy bowed: “Well, keep on; Three’s now not a crowd, I shouldn’t imagine— Nor 4? ” Tight nod, nostril faucet and understanding wink, A heel spin; out the door. The bevy’s bouncing, within the glow Of reddened lamp, seemed to gradual, And, together with his Elegante long past, I in some way looked as if it would understand That notwithstanding I didn’t are aware of it but i'd comprehend this in time: i used to be asleep—but presently from This clinging dream I’d climb, brain sopping with retained sleep-slime, Up, up the shore of wakefulness, Up, while sleep ebbed at the back of. And so, with sigh and stretch of limb, I upward push, embuoyed, and that i swim, And, wiggle-kicking upward via The tug of sleep to discover my ft On morning’s shingle grim, I depart in the back of The issues no longer of The waking global— The hallway, doorway, room within, The robed and mortarboarded advisor Who, long gone, is with me but, And ever will likely be so, considering the fact that we Are comparable and one the, I and he. We either shall fetch me while my goals Shove off back from Life’s close to shore. lifestyles, overtaking, shall supply extra To dream approximately. The tide that’s out Shall come again in, And again in comes EC (that’s me) whilst what was once certain, is bounced, in its place— At 8 come do. On Seeing Venice for the 1st Time (September 2, 2005) Seeing Venice for the 1st time rather makes a man take a seat and imagine.

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