No.8: ‘There’s a certain Slant of light’ (Emily Dickinson)

There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference –
Where the Meanings, are –

None may teach it – Any –
‘Tis the seal Despair
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air

When it comes, the Landscape listens
Shadows – hold their breath
When it goes, ’tis like the Distance
On the look of Death

– Emily Dickinson

And here are some links.

light (p.27)
The light and dark are wound round each other like lovers, like snakes, like gladiators.

light (p.54)
I shall remember while the light lives yet
And in the night I shall not forget.

cathedrals (p.77)
Cathedrals, aslyums: they’re closer than we think.

heaven (p.106)
It’s getting dark, too dark to see.
Feels like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door.

hurt (p.112)
lightnings and thunderings and voices; angels as divine enforcers, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea; holiness as terror

hurt (p.172)
drones of majestic hurt that lasted forever

meaning (p.169)
It’s just that something means more when you can’t quite get hold of it.

despair (p.87)
We can take on any form, too. That is, forms keep appearing before us and we recognize ourselves in them.
And with that goes our devotion and despair.

affliction (p.64)
Yes, we have been chosen in the furnace of affliction. We’re alive.

air (p.27)
But once you’re in mid-air, you’re bound to go under.

air (p.51)
We were always dreaming but trifles light as air have a way of transmuting themselves into horrid shapes and shrieks and sights unholy.

landscape (p.112)
When the hit is visited upon the oppressed – those who are forced into a world that is not theirs – the imagination erupts: sudden, flowing, incandescent. It doesn’t fit in with the world that preceded it and surrounds it. Its implacable lava floods the old world so that all that is left is a landscape where strange plants grow in protected jars, overshadowed by mountains that glow and pulsate in the dark.

listen (p.81)
But then listening is itself a discovery, a kind of making: multiplying what is unified, unifying what is multiple. We do it all the time.

listen (p.163)
I remember how the darkness doubled.
I recall lightning struck itself.
I was listening, listening to the rain.
I was hearing, hearing something else.

shadow (p.77)
Everything that has a shape also has a shadow. And we’ve got both. We go back and forth between the two, revealing and concealing.

shadow (p.96)
The light and the shadow come from the same place and that’s the place we want to be. Why? Because there’s more there. There’s more of us there.

shadow (p.112)
This is the hit as deliverance. It has no concern with the ordinary scale of things: the laws of nature and the processes of time. It starts entirely beyond them and keeps going. It is not of this earth and refuses to be constrained by human limitations. This is why harm and death precipitate themselves in and out of this world – like shadows, like dragons.

breath (p.1)
We are not talking here about something you’ve found but something that found you. Something that takes your breath away as soon as it hits you.

look (p.1)
This something is prowling the universe looking for places to strike. Actually, it doesn’t look – it just strikes.

look (p.76)
High plains drifter, looking down on the curling smoke below. High in blood and life, he stands up for the main soldier, whose quality, going on, the sides of the world may danger.

death (p.12)
The ultimate loss is death. It may also be the ultimate hit.

Here are all the ‘Extra’ Extra Hits

Share
A.E.WaiteA.J.AyerAbbaAbbie HoffmanAbdul QadirAbraham LincolnAC/DCAdam AntAdam YauchAlabama ThunderpussyAlannah MylesAlec GuinnessAleister CrowleyAlexander TrocchiAlexandre JacobAlice ColtraneAlice CooperAllen GinsbergAlvin ChipmunkAnaïs NinAndrew Loog OldhamAndy KaufmanAndy SummersAndy WarholAntonin ArtaudArchie AndrewsArchiesAretha FranklinAristotle OnassisArnold SchönbergArthur RimbaudAugustus JohnB.Bumble & The StingersBabajiBarbara CartlandBarry GeorgeBarry WhiteBatmanBeach BoysBeastie BoysBeatlesBeau BrummelsBee GeesBen E.KingBernadine DohrnBernie RhodesBessie SmithBette MidlerBianca JaggerBig BopperBig Mama ThorntonBill DrummondBill HaleyBill HicksBilly ChildishBilly CorganBilly HigginsBilly JoelBing CrosbyBishop Franzo KingBjörkBlack SabbathBlurBo DiddleyBob DylanBob MarleyBobby SealeBobby WhitlockBon JeloudBon JoviBonoBoris GodunovBrian EnoBrian JonesBrian WilsonBruce DickinsonBruce JohnsonBryan AdamsBuddhaBuddy HollyBurt ReynoldsByrdsC.S.LewisCaesar and CleoCalamity JaneCandice BergenCaptain BeefheartCarl JungCarlos SantanaCarly SimonCarpentersCat StevensCecil TaylorCeline DionCharles DickensCharles FortCharles ICharles IICharles MansonCharles OlsenCharles Shaar MurrayCharles WilliamsChe GuevaraCherChogyam TrungpaChris IsaakChris StampChubby CheckerChuck BerryClashCliff RichardClyde McPhatterCoastersCoco ChanelConfuciusConrad RooksCornelius CardewCount BasieCourtney LoveD.T.SuzukiDamon AlbarnDaniel JohnstonDanny BonnaduceDanteDave EdmundsDave Lee RothDave MarshDavid BlaineDavid BowieDavid CassidyDavid CrosbyDebbie HarryDee SniderDelaney & BonnieDennis HopperDerek & the DominosDianaDick CavettDionne WarwickDionysusDixie ChicksDolly PartonDon CherryDon HenleyDon Van VlietDonald CammellDonald TrumpDonna SummerDoorsDoris DayDougal ButlerDr. JohnsonDriftersDuchess of YorkDuran DuranDwight YorkDylan ThomasEartha KittEd BergenEd SandersEddie CochraneEdgard VarèseEdith SitwellEdward LearElijah MuhammadEllie GreenwichElton JohnElvisElvis CostelloEminemEric ClaptonErik SatieEshu-ElegbaEtta JamesFairport ConventionFather John McArthurFrances BallardFrank SinatraFrank ZappaFrankensteinFrankie and JohnnyFrankie ValliFranz KafkaFred 'Sonic' SmithFreddie MercuryFriedrich NietzscheFu ManchuFyodor DostoevskyGary GlitterGary LarsenGary RayeGene SimmonsGene VincentGeorge ClintonGeorge HarrisonGeorge JacksonGerald Manley HopkinsGlenn GouldGoetheGorillazGoyaGrace SlickGraham Bond OrganisationGraham ParkerGram ParsonsGreil MarcusGreta GarboGrimaldiGuns N'RosesGurdjieffGuru Maharaj JiHamletHank WangfordHans BellmerHans van MeegerenHart CraneHeinrich SusoHelen ShapiroHenri Cartier-BressonHenry JamesHenry PurcellHerbert DexterHerbie HancockHermann GoeringHitlerHolger CzukayHolly JohnsonHomerHoward HughesHunter S.ThompsonIdi AminIggy PopIngemar JohanssonInklingsIvan KaramazovIvan the TerribleJ.C.CrawfordJ G BennettJ.J.CaleJ.R.R.TolkienJack KerouacJack NicholsonJackie OJackie WilsonJackson PollockJames BookerJames BrownJames CarrJames CawleyJames LeeJames TaylorJamie ReidJAMSJane FondaJanis JoplinJarvis CockerJean CocteauJean GenetJeff BeckJeff BuckleyJeff KatzJefferson AirplaneJefferson StarshipJeffrey DahmerJerry GarciaJerry HallJerry KasenetzJerry Lee LewisJFKJill DandoJim CarrollJim GordonJim MorrisonJim PriceJim ReevesJimi HendrixJimmy CautyJimmy EllisJimmy PageJoan JettJoe CockerJoey LevineJohann Sebastian BachJohn CageJohn CarpenterJohn ColtraneJohn ConstableJohn DenverJohn DonneJohn FowlesJohn GilbertJohn HiattJohn KeatsJohn Lee HookerJohn LennonJohn McLaughlinJohn MellencampJohn MiltonJohn SquireJohn TravoltaJohn Wayne GacyJohnny GreenJohnny MooreJohnny RottenJohnny ThundersJoni MitchellJorge Luis BorgesJosephJoshuaJudas PriestJulian ClaryJulian CopeJulie CypherKaren CarpenterKaren DaltonKarl MarxKarlheinz StockhausenKashyapaKate BushKeith MoonKeith RichardsKenneth AngerKevin CostnerKiki ApostolakosKingsmenKinksKissKit LambertKraftwerkKris KristoffersonKurt CobainKurt RussellLa Monte YoungLao TzuLaughing BuddhaLawrence DurrellLead BellyLed ZeppelinLee MarvinLenny BruceLeonard CohenLeonard NimoyLester BangsLiberaceLinda McCartneyLinda RonstadtLink WrayLisa Marie PresleyLittle ElvisLittle RichardLiz PhairLolo FerrariLord BuckleyLoretta LynnLou ReedLuchino ViscontiLucille BallLudwig WittgensteinMa RaineyMadnessMadonnaMalcolm LowryMalcolm McLarenMalcolm XMarc BolanMarcel DuchampMaria CallasMarianne FaithfullMarie OsmondMarilyn MansonMarilyn MonroeMark WahlbergMarlene DietrichMarlon BrandoMarquis de SadeMartin Luther KingMartin ScorseseMarvin GayeMary WeissMavis StaplesMC5Meher BabaMichael HutchenceMichael JacksonMick JaggerMiles DavisMilli VanilliMiriam MakebaMiroslav TichyMo TuckerMojo DixonMojo MenMona LisaMonkeesMorrisseyMott the HoopleMr.BlobbyMuddy WatersMuhammad AliNancy SpungeonNaomi CampbellNapoleonNapoleon XIVNatalie MainesNeem Karoli BabaNeil BogartNeil SedakaNeil YoungNelson RiddleNew York DollsNick CaveNick CohnNick DrakeNick KentNick RhodesNicoNicolas CageNik CohnNikola TeslaNirvanaNisargadatta MaharajNoam ChomskyNoddy HolderNoel CowardOlivia Newton-JohnOrlanOrpheusOrson WellesOrvilleOscar WildeOthelloOzzy OsbournePaganiniPartridge FamilyPatsy ClinePatti SmithPaul KleePaul McCartneyPaul SimonPaul SimononPaul VerlainePaul WilliamsPete BestPete TownshendPeter BlakePeter BroughPeter FondaPhil CollinsPhil SpectorPhilip GlassPhilip LarkinPicassoPierre BonnardPierre Teilhard de ChardinPigasusPink FloydPinky and PerkyPinocchioPlatoPlattersPops FosterPrincePrincess DiPu-taiPublic EnemyPulpQueenQuentin CrispRabindranath TagoreRadioheadRam DassRainer Maria RilkeRasputinRay CharlesRay DaviesRay KajowskiRaymond ChandlerRed Hot Chilli PeppersRenata ScottoRennie DavisRichard HellRichard NixonRichard ThompsonRicky NelsonRingo StarrRitchie ValensRob HalfordRobbie RobertsonRobert Anton WilsonRobert FrankRobert GravesRobert HeinleinRobert JohnsonRobert KennedyRobert MapplethorpeRobert PlantRobert RauschenbergRobert SheaRock HudsonRod StewartRoger DeanRoger TaylorRoger WatersRoky EriksonRolling StonesRoman PolanskiRonnie McDowellRosemary ClooneyRoy OrbisonRudy LewisRumiSam CookeSam PhillipsSam SpadeSamuel BeckettSamuel JohnsonSamuel PalmerSamuel PepysSamuel Taylor ColeridgeSchopenhauerScreamin' Jay HawkinsSengaiSex PistolsShadow MortonShadowsShakespeareShangri-LasSharon OsbourneSharon TateShelby SingletonShivaShrila PrabhupadaSid ViciousSituationistsSly StoneSnoop DoggSolomon BurkeSonic YouthSonny and CherSonny CrockettSpaceSri ChinmoySt.Theresa of AvilaStan GetzStaple SingersSteely DanSteve JonesSteve MillerStingStokely CarmichaelStone RosesStorm ThorgersonStu SutcliffeSuggsSun RaSupertrampSupremesSwami SatchidanandaSyd BarrettT.E. LawrenceT.RexTed NugentTemptationsTerry MelcherTerry RileyTerry Southernthe 5 DimitrysThomas MertonThompson TwinsTim OwensTimelordsTimothy LearyTina TurnerTiny TimTom HaydenTom VerlaineTom WaitsTuli KupferbergTwisted SisterU2Van MorrisonVaslav NijinskyVelvet UndergroundVillage PeopleVince TaylorVincent van GoghVishnuVivienne WestwoodW.B.YeatsW.C.HandyWait WhitmanWeather UndergroundWendy O.WilliamsWhite PanthersWhitesnakeWhitney HoustonWhoWillem de KooningWilliam BlakeWilliam BurroughsWilliam HazlittWilliam MartinWilliam WordsworthWilson PickettWinston ChurchillWomblesXTCYesYoganandaYogi BerraYoko OnoYorickZeus
Share this page
Share