Re: Lines that jump out
Posted by: Lynn Burke
Date: April 25, 2005 02:12PM
Taking that line a bit further:
for we all know
lust drove men to greatness,
not goodness, not decency.
And there I was, a wayward pink baby,
named after some tragic white woman
It reminds me of William Carlos Williams's poem "To Elsie" -- specifically, the lines:
devil-may-care men who have taken
out of sheer lust of adventure--
and young slatterns
- maybe Chin is talking about that same sort of hopelessness of people leaving their culture and tradition behind -- or maybe I'm reading too much into the word "lust" ... thoughts?