Friday, November 18, 2016

Poem for Friday, Inferno, Gathland State Park

Chateau If
By Peter Gizzi

        If love if then if now if the flowers of if the conditional
if of arrows the condition of if
        if to say light to inhabit light if to speak if to live, so
        if to say it is you if love is if your form is if your waist that
pictures the fluted stem if lavender
        if in this field
        if I were to say hummingbird it might behave as an
adjective here
        if not if the heart’s a flutter if nerves map a city if a city
on fire
        if I say myself am I saying myself (if in this instant) as if
the object of your gaze if in a sentence about love you might
write if one day if you would, so
        if to say myself if in this instance if to speak as
        if only to render if in time and accept if to live now as if
disembodied from the actual handwritten letters m-y-s-e-l-f
        if a creature if what you say if only to embroider—a
city that overtakes the city I write.


I worked and did laundry and rushed through chores on Thursday so that we could go to an afternoon show of Inferno. I know it got bad reviews and did badly at the U.S. box office (it made more than $200 million internationally, which is more than double its budget), and I didn't like it as much as The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons because I didn't like the book nearly as much, but I enjoyed Inferno -- there were a lot fewer grisly murders, the threat made more sense, and while one female character met an unfortunate end different than the novel's, another had a much more interesting character arc that not enough women over 40 ever get in movies.

Since we were already at the mall, we did a tiny bit of holiday shopping and went to Tara Thai for dinner (huzzah for Thai restaurants that don't pre-make their curry paste and can make truly vegetarian curries with no fish sauce!). Then we came home and went digging On Demand, which has claimed not to have episodes 5 and 6 of Versailles though it had earlier and later episodes, and found them mis-filed but available for watching. That show makes The Tudors look straightforwardly historical but it's amusing fun, and parts of these two episodes were clearly filmed at the Chateau de Brézé, which we visited last year. Photos from Gathland, which we visited a few weeks ago:

Welcome To Gathland

Barn Ruins

Library Ruins

Cemetery Arch

Gath's Empty Tomb


War Correspondents' Arch

The Civil War Came Through Gapland

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