Friday, September 7, 2012

Presently the Teacup Stirred

I am missing out on a reading/discussion on James Merrill and his masterpiece, The Changing Light at Sandover next week.  But that does not mean you have to.  Here's some information on the event, and a bit of what I had to say on Merrill, thanks to the queries of Kathleen Kirk.

And here's Richard Fox saying things more cogently than I:

Finally, here's the man Merrill himself, reading a poem about using the Ouija board for the first time.

(As an aside, did you know that "Ouija" was just the French yes and ther German yes put together, because someone at Milton Bradley thought it made a foreign and mystical-sounding word?  it's better, at any rate, than communicating with the spirits on your yes-yes board.)


  1. Thanks for this poetry video! And that fun fact about "oui" and "ja." (It sounds familiar, like I'd learned it once and forgotten it. As I do with so many things. Alas.)

    Of course, I grew up pronouncing it "wee-gee" (rhymes with "squeegee")!

  2. I think that "Weegee" is the proper pronunciation! But I'll ask the spirits to be sure.