Kyle Dargan Reads ‘Note to the Addict Who Robbed Us on a Landscaping Job’

April 5, 2013

What can the theft of a leaf-blower reveal about hard economic times in inner cities? Poet Kyle Dargan captures the point stunningly in his poem “Note to the Addict Who Robbed Us on a Landscaping Job,” which he reads for Bill in this web-extra video. The poem is part of a larger collection called Bouquet of Hungers.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Hannington/1536970562 Jim Hannington

    Poetry ? Charles Dickens all over again, eh ?

  • Stephen Nightingale

    Today’s show with Kyle Dargan brought this poem very much to mind. From William Empson.

    Just a Smack at Auden

    Waiting for the end, boys, waiting for the end.
    What is there to be or do?
    What’s become of me or you?
    Are we kind or are we true?
    Sitting two and two, boys, waiting for the end.

    Shall I build a tower, boys, knowing it will rend
    Crack upon the hour, boys, waiting for the end?
    Shall I pluck a flower, boys, shall I save or spend?
    All turns sour, boys, waiting for the end.

    Shall I send a wire, boys? Where is there to send?
    All are under fire, boys, waiting for the end.
    Shall I turn a sire, boys? Shall I choose a friend?
    The fat is in the pyre, boys, waiting for the end.

    Shall I make it clear, boys, for all to apprehend,
    Those that will not hear, boys, waiting for the end,
    Knowing it is near, boys, trying to pretend,
    Sitting in cold fear, boys, waiting for the end?

    Shall we send a cable, boys, accurately penned,
    Knowing we are able, boys, waiting for the end,
    Via the Tower of Babel, boys? Christ will not ascend.
    He’s hiding in his stable, boys, waiting for the end.

    Shall we blow a bubble, boys, glittering to distend,
    Hiding from our trouble, boys, waiting for the end?
    When you build on rubble, boys, Nature will append
    Double and re-double, boys, waiting for the end.

    Shall we make a tale, boys, that things are sure to mend,
    Playing bluff and hale, boys, waiting for the end?
    It will be born stale, boys, stinking to offend,
    Dying ere it fail, boys, waiting for the end.

    Shall we go all wild, boys, waste and make them lend,
    Playing at the child, boys, waiting for the end?
    It has all been filed, boys, history has a trend,
    Each of us enisled, boys, waiting for the end.

    What was said by Marx, boys, what did he perpend?
    No good being sparks, boys, waiting for the end.
    Treason of the clerks, boys, curtains that descend,
    Lights becoming darks, boys, waiting for the end.

    Waiting for the end, boys, waiting for the end.
    Not a chance of blend, boys, things have got to tend.
    Think of those who vend, boys, think of how we wend,
    Waiting for the end, boys, waiting for the end.

    William Empson

  • Helen Stewart

    once again a most wonderful, insightful and inspiring

    program! Thank you.

  • Sarah H.

    I really enjoyed this segment. Thanks. It was a good way to celebrate the beginning of Poetry Month.

  • KAREN iRVING

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    THINK OF THE MANY WHO FOUGHT AND DIED SO AS A PEOPLE.
    WE’D BE RESPECTED AND GIVEN THE SAME PRIVELLGED OUR WHITE CITIZEN HAVE ENJOYED, BUT THEIR HAS BEEN SOME LACK FOR 100 % EQUALTY FOR OUR COMMUNITIES, WE DEMAND IT, YOU’VE GOTTA SIGN PETITIONS FOR IT.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4258542n. WE’VE GOTTA DO THIS FOR OUR CHILDREN, WE DESERVE EXCELLENT SCHOOLS, GUN FREE COMMUNITIES, JOBS OPPORTUNITIES INSTEAD OF MASS INCARCERATION,
    SELLING DRUGS IS NOT AN EXCELLENT JOBS PLAN THE TIME IS KNOW TO GET OUR VOICES HEARD, THE PRESIDENT NEEDS YOU TO STAND UP.

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    Congressman John Conyers has been introducing H.R. 40 to the House of Representatives for 24 years! It is time this importan

  • http://www.facebook.com/zaccaifree Zaccai Free

    wonderful and sobering that america still harbors such inequality yet maintians the hubris of attempting to tell the rest of the world how to live