Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Night Of A Thousand Hours I,part 2 & Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1961 playing Take Five -Enjoy

Part II

a thousand drunks
puking beside the tree
in front of my house
men dressed in tuxedos or thousand dollar suits
women in a designer's exclusive gowns
stumbling & laughing loudly
leaving the posh Halifax exclusive club next door -

a thousand taxis blowing their horns
impatiently waiting for a thousand partiers
desperate to go down-town for another drink
to pick up some guy or girl
to have a story to share with friends the next day-

a thousand television announcers
bellowing out the news of the day
of a thousand brutal murders
of thousands killed in a war somewhere
of thousands starving to death
with film footage in living color & stereo sound
on a thousand television sets
filling a thousand apartments & houses
with a strange blue glow-

a thousand giant leopard slugs
sliming their way along sidewalks
gathering together at night
conspiring in secret meetings
performing strange religious ceremonies-

a thousand buzzing bees
each trapped inside a glass jar
a thousand small brown bats
flying around the street lights
in a feeding frenzy-

a thousand telephones
all ringing at once
but there's no one home
just a thousand disembodied voices
on a thousand answering machines -

a thousand faces staring at me
through my windows
a thousand faces reflected
in a thousand mirrors
a thousand images
flood into my eyes
a thousand memories
fill my burning over-stuffed brain -

a thousand neurons
firing as I fall on the floor
into a blissful coma
as a thousand suns
explode over the horizon
ending this thousand hour night -

Bye for now,

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Night Of A Thousand Hours

Let's begin with a bit of music:

Arcade Fire Antichrist Television Blues Glastonbury

So here is part one of my poem Night Of A Thousand Hours:

Night of a Thousand Hours
No. 1
Part I

A thousand Blue-jays & Ravens
& night birds squawking
outside my window
spreading poison on the windowsill
to stop their noise-making
which rips through my brain-fevered head
like a thousand chainsaws-

a thousand chainsaws
a thousand lawnmowers
a thousand electric hedge-clippers-
a thousand dogs howling at the moon
a thousand cats desperately meowing
a thousand cars roaring
up & down the street
with windows down
blasting the air
with a thousand ear-cracking
pounding songs
on radios & stereos -

a thousand trucks
with their eighteen thundering wheels
go rumbling by all day & all night
to be suckled by the thousand foot high grain-elevators-

as a thousand ships slide in beside the pier
loading up tons of wheat unloading tons of sugar
ships going to & fro to Cuba & Russia
to Mexico or Chile or Spain -

a thousand lawnmowers
cutting the grass
a never ending battle
against unruly unwieldy grass
too rebellious for its own good-

a thousand empty beer bottles
thrown from a thousand apartments
at a thousand parties
across the street
or six floors above or below me
the glass explodes hitting the sidewalk
or the street or roof of the bowling alley next door-

a thousand teenagers
in loose over-sized big baggy pants & baseball caps
skateboarding at 3am -

3am it's always fucking 3am
a thousand couples at 3am
making out on squeaky beds
all around me -

a thousand couples
screaming at one another
threatening to beat the other
threatening to leave the other
threatening to stay forever -

take care,

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Allen Ginsberg reading from the first part of his poem HOWL .

Friday, August 24, 2007

Views From the Gutter & Ginsberg's Father Death Blues

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Oscar Wilde

Allen Ginsberg performing his poem /song Father Death Blues- which is about the death of his father & what it meant to him in light of his Buddhist practice & in the end this was the piece by which he wanted to be remembered :

And so for those who are wondering - I will be posting a sampling of the various themes & styles of my verse to begin with :

views from the gutter
by Gordon Coombes


as you head for the parks
& other green spaces
in your city
or go to find a breeze
on a hillside
or on a beach
just a place to sit in the sand
watching rainbows of oil
slipping across the water
& the bubbling up of sewage
just a few feet off shore -

as you leave the city behind
too hot to sleep
too hot to think
heading into the farmlands
passing apple orchards
passing fields of wheat & corn
passing a thousand silos -

driving to your summer hideaway
a cottage on the ocean
or on a small quiet lake -

taking walks in the woods
canoeing across the silver lake
shimmering mercurial lake
the splashing of a fish or two jumping
snatching a bug or two out of the air
osprey diving to feed
breaking through the surface
watching painted turtles swimming
or down a gentle river
noting the black loons
noting the odd deer here or there
a family of deer grazing on the shore
coming face to face with a deer at night
as the moonlight spreads out
unrolling a gleaming carpet of light
as you wander from your campsite -

the air is so still
the heat is a weight
breathing is so hard
ah for a cool breeze -

& the city is so hazy
& your rent by the week room
is a dead weight on your soul
you fear you'll never escape
dreaming of an air-conditioned condo
even the office where you are imprisoned
eight hours a day is an escape
from the hot deadly air
just the dog days of summer
or life sentence without parole -

take care,

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Amazed 3 , Ravi Shankar & Space Tourism



Space Tourism :Proposed Launch Of Rockets from Cape Breton

Gampo Abbey with Double Rainbow
- Buddhist in Cape Breton

Views of The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia - ( like the Highlands of Scotland )

Anyway here's a little video I put together using the music of India -a raga called Dadra played by Sitar Master Ravi Shankar. I have combined images of Hindu Gods & Hindu Temples with Mandalas & Fractals along with some pics of Cape Breton where I reside which include the Cabot Trail & The Buddhist Gampo Abbey which is on the Cabot trail- since Cape Breton may soon be the site of Space Travel for tourists I included pics of Rocket Ships - the piece is meant to be an observation on the connection between inner space & outer space- anyway enjoy the music :

Amazed 3

Amazed by monks meditating
in Nepal in the Himalayas
beneath the shadow of mount Fuji
in the shadow of Cape Smokey
in the mountains of Cape Breton
hanging out over the Atlantic Ocean
as the fog rolls in
as the chilling winds of winter
blow steadily for weeks on end
& the snow drifts curve like a wave about to crash
pushing up against the walls of the Monastary -

Amazed by a thousand giant silver grey steel windmills
whirring & humming away in the strong steady winds -

Amazed by rocket-ships loaded with tourists
shaking the ground as they bolt into the sky
to hangout in space for an hour or two
then having sprouted wings to glide back to earth
another distraction for the well to do -

Amazed by a thousand Gods watching over us
applauding our little victories
weeping at our failures
sending us signs in the shape of rainbows
letting the moon at (noon ) mid-day swallow the sun -
sending crows & ravines
loons & swans
their squakings we mistranslate
our minds out of sync
lost in our own internal babble
& in the noise of all our gadgets & gizmos
all clunking away day & night
as if they could save us -

Amazed by an empty china blue sky
hanging above us -

Amazed by a thousand revolutionaries
Amazed by a thousand artists
pushing the limits
breaking all the old rules
wanting to say everything all at once
images broken shattered jumbled
crowded onto a canvass
writing verses mangled by reality
twisted by the imagination
corrupted by adoration
words washed ashore ship-wrecked poems
picked apart by gulls & scuttling crabs -

Amazed by a thousand musicians
a genius in every family
waiting to be discovered -

Amazed by the rise & fall of Empires
Amazed by the rise & fall of the sun
pulled by a fierce charioteer
into the depths of the night -

see you later,

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Amazed 2

The Great Figure

Among the rain
and lights
I saw the figure 5
in gold
on a red
fire truck
to gong clangs
siren howls
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

Painting The Gold Figure 5
by Demuth based on Williams' poem-

Apollo by Picasso

Painting by miro

Don Quixote by Picasso

Amazed II
gordon coombes

amazed by ocean waves crashing
on the rocky high cliffed shoreline
a half a mile away I hear them thundering
on quiet still nights for hours
I become too engrossed to sleep
imagining the waves speaking to each other
& to the earth & the black velvety sky
& glittering stars & the roaming planets
& sometimes the full moon
gloriously pearl white or golden
or swollen pumpkin orange-

amazed by lakes calm & placid
or rough & wild
watching a single deer stopping
at night watching me curious
then moving on along the shore
where the woods thin out-

amazed by streams & rivers flowing gently
then vigorously roaring over boulders
as their pathway narrows swirling water
tumbling over a waterfall-

amazed by mountains towering
slicing into drifting clouds
spending a day sunny & hot
driving up & up & around & around
back-tracking along spiraling
snaking black paved roads
stopping to gaze even further up
at the mountain slopes & peaks
with binoculars watching a family of black bears
crossing a hillside of green lush grasses
going from one tree packed area to another
looking over the side of the mountain
at the curving road unable to tell
if that's where we are going or where we have been-

And here's some amazing playing by Jazz Great Thelonius Monk in this piece Blue Monk recorded In Oslo 1966

Magritte False Mirror- loop by tktimelapse

take care,

Monday, August 20, 2007


by gordon coombes

amazed by flowers blooming
in fields & ditches by the roadside
purple yellow blue & white lupins
white & blue daises
masses of yellow dandelions tiger lilies
sun flowers daffodil black-eyed susans
fiery-yellow & orange goblins
azaleas shaded by purple rhododendrons
& the over-powering sweet smell of flowering
delicate lilac bushes & wild burning red roses
& miniature pink & yellow roses
amazed at those I planted & tended
blooming in my flower bed-

amazed by rain & snow lightly falling
coming down in torrents & blizzards
amazed by glittering jade towers
rising in the distance out of the blue ocean
on a hot clear summers day
out of the grey Atlantic on a cloudy fall day
out of an ice-floe stretching blinding white
from the shoreline to the horizon-

amazed by small brown sparrows swifts
swallows little yellow song-birds
hopping from branch to branch
red robins & noisy blue-jays
screeching complaining black crows & ravens
& diving circling white sea-gulls soaring
bullying all those weaker birds
cormorants soar even higher then dive
plummeting into the sea a lake or pond
disappearing for a minute reappear
with a sad fish in their beaks
amazed by hummingbirds quickly quietly
dancing across the flower-beds
in the blink of an eye
amazed by tiny brown bats at night
soaring & diving about squeaking
catching flies around the street-lights
amazed by ducks & Canada Geese flying in formation
into the setting sun sometimes landing
in a pond a few feet from where I am
unconcerned with me indifferent
sometimes looking for a handout
several visit me every day til the snow comes-

amazed by jet planes
arching across the sky
leaving trails of smoke behind
one after another til the sky resembles
a multilane superhighway
all day & night they pass over
always four or five in the sky at a time
at night the lights appear on the horizon
pass over head to arc downward then disappear
heading for Gander for Britain & France
those places I've never been-

And now for a bit of music " All The Diamonds" by Bruce Cockburn

take care,

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Worlds Within Worlds Two

Image From The Hubble Telescope
-Deep Field

Image from the Hubble Telescope

Above: Whirlwind of Lovers
by William Blake

Image Below :Attempting The Impossible
by rene Magritte

by gordon coombes


Worlds within worlds
planets revolving around
a billion stars-

Each star a brilliant sun
of shimmering liquid gold
streaming spilling
into dark silent empty space-

Each of us holding onto
the reins of wild horses
racing about the sky
pulling our own chariot of fire-

All that we are
all that we say we are
all that we could ever be
all that we once were-

Climbing out of a ditch
out of the gutter
watching a billion stars-

Being touched to the marrow
by this eternal drama
by this nightly performance
by this nightly light-show-

Lifting us out of the gutter
for one single moment
for a glimpse of eternity-

Filling us with hope
leaving us at sea
drifting across the grey Atlantic-

Drifting through space
at the mercy of the Solar Winds
filling our sails
passing countless worlds-

As we leave our little Island
in the sky a distant light
in this dark night-

Brushing up against all these
whirling worlds as we walk
along these tamed streets-

take care,

Friday, August 17, 2007

Cafe Apollinaire- Prologue

I love men, not for what unites them, but for what divides them, and I want to know most of all what gnaws at their hearts.
Guillaume Apollinaire

A structure becomes architectural, and not sculptural, when its elements no longer have their justification in nature.
Guillaume Apollinaire

Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman.
Guillaume Apollinaire

Paris 1913 by Marc Chagall

" Apolinere Enameled" from a poster advert for paint:
For Guillaume Apollinaire by Marcel Duchamp

So here's some great music by Miles Davis performing his trumpet rendition of composer Rodrigo's Concierto De Aranjuez -it is just the adagio from Miles album Sketches of Spain which is one of my favourite albums but I also enjoy the original version for guitar & orhestra especially by Narciso Yepes on his ten sting guitar or Norbert Kraft- so enjoy...



Apollinaire is a beacon
Apollinaire is a wake-up call
Apollinaire is our Father Confessor
Apollinaire is Father of us all
Apollinaire is an air-raid siren
Apollinaire is the squadron leader
of a thousand armed flying bombers
Apollinaire is a light to guide us
through & out of a century of war
of madness of a hundred million
corpses piled up
to honor him we christen our café
Café Apollinaire-

At Café Apollinaire poets & artists
stoke the fires of Creativity
shift the gears of Creativity
pouring gasoline on the fires
of the Imagination igniting sparks
of Fantasy -

a poem is an exploding grenade
held in the palm of your hand
a poem is a trapped butterfly
about to be set free to fly
to gently land in the listener's hand
from the poet's tongue
to the listener's ear
slipping sliding out of the poet's lips-

So there you go ,

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Run-Down Rooming House of the Soul, part 2

Here are some wonderful sounds from Miles Davis & John Coltrane playing a remarkable version of SoWhat - Enjoy & slow down for a few minutes...

The Subterranean in The Run-Down
Rooming House of the Soul


The Subterranean lives close to the ground
with the outcasts & the desperate ones
in dark alley-ways & dead-end streets
entombed before dying living
in perpetual darkness in dimly-lit rooms
out of the reach of sunlight
over-shadowed by Glittering Towers of Glass
having been sent into exile
in his latest incarnation
becoming a refugee bathed in
bleak visions of dreams twisted
ripped apart by wild dogs in this
run-down rooming house of the soul-

The Subterranean needing to be close
to the ground smelling the black tar
of the road breathing in exhaust-fumes
of busy city traffic rumbling by
needing to feel the hard concrete
of the sidewalk under his feet
watching the feet of others passing by
the little window of his basement apartment
finding used hypodermic needles of junkies
used condoms of prostitutes
who ply their trade just around the corner
on warm summer evenings & frost-bitten
dead of the winter nights in this run-down
rooming house of the soul-

The Subterranean going for a stroll
late at night mumbling to himself pretending
to be frothing at the mouth mad
passing through gauntlets
of young men who might be thugs
the desperate turning on one another
willing to rip-off anyone even the Subterranean
of what little he has trapped forced to listen
to the man in the apartment above
in drunken rages beating his wife
all around the house
keeping their six year old son in fear
nightly replaying this old Punch & Judy show
in this forgotten run-down rooming-house
of the soul-

The Subterranean watches the old
child-molester holding out a helping hand
to naive young boys & girls in need
in return for sexual favours
pays rent to the caretaker
a paranoid painter who adds a series
of white crosses to every canvas
lectures tenants on Christ
returns to his room embattled in heated
arguments shouting at his invisible tormentors
throughout the night hearing the popcorn-thief
creeping up the stairs & along the hallway
completing his nightly ritual
carrying bags of popcorn
taken from a nearby video-store
after three am they give it away
believes he's conned them again
hides his booty stock-piling
for the upcoming apocalypse
in this run-down rooming-house of the soul-

So see you around,

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Run-Down Rooming House of the Soul

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Anyway here is a little poem of mine for your consideration :
Theme provided by The Perpetual Poetry Engine
Below is section one of the poem
Visions of The Subterranean in This Run-down Rooming-House of the Soul
which is part of the longer poem Tales of the Cafe Apollinaire


In this run-down rooming-house of the soul
the Subterranean has visions of the Gods
of poetry tumbling down no longer
immune the disease destroying waves
of grass even flowers of evil
entombed poets dug up rotting bodies executed
to please the public apocalyptical verses
of the slouching beasts the whimpering
of the world dying Yeats & T.S. Elliot even
come tumbling down apparitions of faces
silent on window-panes
rats scurry through the streets
sneak into our houses keeping us captive
for days on end chattering their teeth
standing on their hind legs
blocking the only exit
no one hears our screams for help
these rats are secret agents & assassins
of the shadowy illuminati
in this run-down rooming house
of the soul-

A foul stench fills the house
a corpse left to rot
someone dying from too much cheap wine
forgotten no one comes to call
left untouched a week
looking for rent discovered
by the landlord
a dozen people sleep on the stairs
disappear in day-light
neighbours throw furniture knives
wine & beer bottles at each other in anger
sometimes at the walls just for practice
steal radios as fast as we replace them
strangers sleep in our beds
on nights we stay out
vivisectionists working over-time trying
to weigh measure quantify the soul
to suit their temperament making light of it
leaving us to live this substandard
second-rate existence in this run-down
rooming house of the soul -

see you later...meanwhile here's a song by The Dead Can Dance - Black Sun

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Welcome to Café Gordon

Café Gordon will feature more details in the near future.
Coming soon to a blog in your living room or dark spot.
gordspoetry factory has served me well but it has become too cumbersome & varied in its topics so I need to separate some of the political commentary from my poetry & discussions of art in general- so bear with me -

In the meantime while construction is underway here is some music by the amazing Charles Mingus for all you night owls & insomniacs :

see you later,