late, a lone ibis
lands on orchestra island
the bassoonists tuning
— aahnking n honking begins
Image: An Australian white ibis (Threskiornis molucca) at the local lagoon this morning. I know, a bit of anthropomorphism but they make a beautiful racket arguing for best perch or ‘keep your distance pal’. (Here’s some audio fun from Centennial Park in Sydney c/- Greg McLaughlin on xeno-canto).
the pub is just
as you remember it
tho it’s all changed
the barman still serves port invalide chilled from the fridge
Image: The Hotel Wellington, Sydney 1930s by Sam Hood, c/- State Library of NSW. (Please, no unkind comments about ears). This photo would have been taken during what was known as ‘the six o’clock swill’ which saw public bars across Australia close at 6pm. This practice continued from post-WW1 through to 1954 in NSW and later in some other states and resulted in heavy drinking and some hotels with very long bars. Invalid port (or ‘port invalide‘) as far as I know was port wine marketed as having medicinal properties.
praise each grower
train driver coal loader
car and seafarer
grace of bright gantries
at each berthing, each grain
Image: Coal loader, Port Kembla. After living here for nearly a decade, we finally did a tour of the port part of Port Kembla. While I doubt that late-stage capitalism has a future that includes us working poets, the port with its gargantuan machines was impressive, almost exciting — maybe it’s a boy thing.
And for music this morning, here’s Cecilia Bartoli singing Mozart Arias. (Youtubers) I was listening to this as the wind howled and banged around the house and after a while the weather calmed right down. Hope it works for you too.
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And for music today, something beautiful from Pakistan-born, Brooklyn-based vocalist Arooj Aftab with her album Vulture Prince. (YouTubers)
AFTER THE FLOOD features 14 new songs inspired by tall and true tales of the highlife and the lowlife of the European working men on the epic Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme in the 1950s and 60s. The band delve deep into this wild chapter of history, armed with vivid imaginations and a veritable arsenal of instrumentation, the gentlemen add their own unique and compelling take on the making of modern Australia
during our holiday
I lost my iphone
that shot of us together
among the ruins
Image: Pompeii 13 April 2019, 1.18pm. I was going to use something more lyrical as a photo but this snap from my lost iphone makes me smile.
And for music today, here’s some northern hemisphere birds accompanying ‘quirky’ London-based multi-instrumentalist Cosmo Sheldrake with Wake Up Calls (Youtubers) (if you have a cat, probably put them in the other room while this is playing).
And for music, here’s Haruomi Honsono with some 1980s ambient shopping music Hana ni Mizu (trs: Watering a Flower) which he wrote for Japanese retailer MUJI (YouTubers here’s the original cassette version). For those interested, here’s a radio documentary on avant garde ambient music in 1980s Japan.