How Self Knows It Is Summer

  • It is hot.  As opposed to the fake summer of Scotland, the Netherlands, France, and London (Where it rained more often than not)
  • “The Amazing Spiderman” is out.
  • There are Wednesday night concerts in Stafford Park, two blocks from self’s humble abode.
  • The Los Altos Art & Wine Festival is this weekend.

There is an article in the The Wall Street Journal about a new show at The Barbican in London:  “Designing 007:  Fifty Years of Bond Style”

Perhaps the Bond movies are the first to successfully utilize “product placement.”

Exhibit A:  The Sean Connery Bond wore a Rolex.  And not just any Rolex, mind you. His was a Limited Edition Stealth MK VI ($17,000)
Exhibit B:  James Bond drove an Aston Martin DB5.
Exhibit C:  James Bond used a Walter PPK.

Dear Departed Dad had a James Bond fetish.  He bought himself a gold Walter PPK.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Still More World Poems on the London Underground

Here are two more from World Poems on the Underground, a free publication distributed to coincide with the London 2012 Summer Festival, which takes place during the Olympics.  The poems have all been displayed on the London Underground.


by Fleur Adcock (New Zealand)

November ’63, eight months in London.
I pause on the low bridge to watch the


they float swanlike, arching their white


over only slightly ruffled bundles of wings,
burying awkward beaks in the lake’s water.

I clench cold fists in my Marks and

    Spencer’s jacket

and secretly test my accent once again:
St. James Park; St. James Park; St. James Park.

*     *     *     *

Should You Die First

by Annabelle Despard (Norway)

Let me at least collect your smells
as specimens: your armpits, woollen


fingers yellow from smoke. I’d need
to take an imprint of your foot
and make recordings of your laugh.

These archives I shall carry into exile;
my body a St. Helena where ships no

longer dock,

a rock in the ocean, an outpost where the

      wind howls
    And polar bears beat down the door.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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