After his interview with Garner and after a few questions from the audience, Al talked about Oscar Wilde. Al is making a movie about Wilde and his play Salome. Al decided to read one of the poems Wilde wrote while he was imprisoned for two years for homosexuality. Before he got to that poem however, he happened to come across a copy of this ee cummings poem which he read:
somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond any experience,your eyes have their silence: in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me, or which i cannot touch because they are too near
your slightest look easily will unclose me though i have closed myself as fingers, you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens (touching skilfully,mysteriously) her first rose
or if your wish be to close me,i and my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly, as when the heart of this flower imagines the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals the power of your intense fragility: whose texture compels me with the color of its countries, rendering death and forever with each breathing
(i do not know what it is about you that closes and opens; only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses) nobody,not even the rain, has such small hands
When he finished thatreading, Al concluded by saying..."now THAT's a great date poem if you can work it in, even better than Sinatra.
© 2010 Thornton Krell - 10/19/10