Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Blue Aero Zeppelins Rush Metallically into Steely Pink Heart!

I'm glad all is well, Maggie. I was wondering!

From Syracuse to Potsdam, the hills of upstate choir amongst themselves with classic rock radio stations. One of the questions keeping my brain alive through endless renditions of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, Ted Nugent, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, et al., was: how many bands can you identify by a word? E.g. "sassafrass" -- definitely Aerosmith.

But that's what a genre is all about: every band competing with the *same* vocabulary.  Was that what I was getting at with my New York School reverie? my pout? my huff? Whatev. I have only three words for you today:

Sprachgitter
Sprezzatura
Fingerspitzengefuehl

-- Dropped into the poet-critic's fireworks bag this year.

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