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April 7 poem rec, and rambling - The Phantom Librarian
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April 7 poem rec, and rambling
This creepy thing from Kenneth Patchen's collection But Even So... is another one I got the rec for from King; it's used in Danse Macabre to introduce a section on fairy tale horror. I think the actual title is "Little Red Riding Hood."

Come now,
my child,
if we were planning
to harm you, do you think
we'd be lurking here
beside the path
in the very dark-
est part of
the forest?

Kenneth Patchen

If you look at it cross-eyed, you can see the shape of a wolf's head.

I like it because it's shivery and weird and scary.

My mom sent me another of those lists of "You know you're from Buffalo when..." This one purports to be from Jeff Foxworthy, though I strongly doubt it. It included this one:

If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don't work there, you might live in Buffalo; because you're all so damn friendly.

I laugh at this madly because I'm always and forever offering to help people who look lost in a store or a T station, or are staring confusedly at a map. Even if I haven't the faintest idea where I am. I mean, hey, it's possible that I could figure it out, right? This is how I gave a guided tour of Salem after visiting it a total of once in my life. Thank heaven I was with other imaginative people (jiminyc and her daughter), and when we got past the area I'd actually been in, they were able to pick up the slack and explain the significance of the orange tape on the trees. I never knew so many odd things about local history!

(I kind of missed that the other day when I was carrying a large rug two blocks. Normally, I'm all about the whole Boston mind-your-own-business attitude, but it occurred to me that in Buffalo--or, to be fair, down south--six people would have offered to help me before I got to the first corner.)


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alphabet26 From: alphabet26 Date: April 7th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
This explains so much. See, I was born in Niagara Falls, but we moved away before I was two, so I don't really consider it a hometown. Still, I get people asking me for help all the time. In stores, or for directions, or whatever. And I'm always bewildered because I don't work in the store and I have a horrible sense of direction, so I'm terrible at giving directions. I'll try to help, but I never can. But I never knew why I would be asked in the first place. Now I know. Somehow, the western NY "helpfulness" has marked me. Good to know.
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: April 7th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
thats' the one ting ihatedi nliterature. the poems witha formatthat can onl ybe properl yappreciated if you cna see the acuta lblack&white page itself.

I liked this idea. i jstu dont' liek that it immediatle ymakes me think ofthe marauders. *sigh*
aeljn From: aeljn Date: April 9th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I love DANSE MACABRE more than any other Stephen King book I've ever read!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 9th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
It's high on my list! The image of the dancing partner in rotting gloves...

Excellent. :)

Also, good book lists. I've read all of the ones in the extended section on horror fiction, and quite a few on the list in the appendix.
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