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Entranced by the Hands Blown Down

com você
minha vida é um abacaxi
abacaxi, abacaxi, abacaxi
no cálice, cálice, cálice
azul e verde comigo

sem você
minha vida é uma enxaqueca
enxaqueca, enxaqueca, enxaqueca
no sertão no verão
azul e verde
verdade, verdade, verdade

em você
minha vida é uma fantasma
acanhado, acanhado, acanhado
no coração, coração, coração
azul e verde conosco
nosso cálice, cálice, cálice

Those Eyes, That Mouth

I fell in love with Elizabeth Fraser in college. If you don’t know her, she was the singer and lyricist for the Cocteau Twins, one of the more well-known bands to come from the indie 4ad label in the UK (although maybe not as well-known as the Pixies, but that’s neither here nor there), their music known mostly for shimmering, layered guitars and songs with arcane titles and even more arcane lyrics, sung with beautiful, soaring, rolling vocals. They’re responsible for the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard in my life: (Continued)

You Kissed Honey

in tow
listen to me
if you can
without weather
no chill
winds without below

give unto me
you see
without window
through your soul
fallen in snow

catch after me
no freeze
pips low
in tow
softens the blow

An Uncanny Saga

My entry into the corner of the Marvel Comics universe where the mutants hung out came from two different directions at once. On the newsstands, I started picking up the latest issues of The X-Men and was immediately drawn to the crisp, bold artwork of John Byrne and Terry Austin. The Marvel style of comics was to have every issue of a comic end with at least a little story left dangling to lead in to the next issue, more so than DC or any other comics company at the time, and X-Men writer Chris Claremont was one of the best at this, with several storylines weaving in and out of each other in every issue, some storylines running for months, some running for years, and some never getting resolved. Basically, there wasn’t a solid entry point to The X-Men, you just had to jump in and do your best to figure out who the various characters were and what they were up to. But it was colorful, dynamic, and a little bit weirder than most other superhero team comics at the time, so I was happy. (Continued)

In the Junk Jungle

cheap cheap cheap but you can’t buy love
notes from above like a tweet tweet tweet
nested songs though all sweet sweet sweet

leap leap leap down a spiral of sleep
free free free but you can’t buy love
songs all around like a tweet tweet tweet

nested notes written deep deep deep
spiralling up from your sleep sleep sleep
weep weep weep but you can’t cry love

songs from above falling free free free
trolling & rolling & creep creep creep
leap leap leap & we all fall down
see see see that you stand by love
down by love when you tweet tweet tweet

“there is a happy land far far away…”

Animation Conflagration

Besides watching Speed Racer and Battle of the Planets when I was a little kid, I haven’t watched many anime series until recently. Movies, sure. Akira, Metropolis, and a lot of Studio Ghibli, but when anime was shown on TV in the States, I never seemed to catch it. Thanks to Netflix streaming a number of series, I’ve finally been able to start swimming in the anime pool. I haven’t watched a lot, but I’ve watched enough now that I’m figuring out what I like and want to see more of.

The anime I’ve enjoyed the most are Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which is amazing, and Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic and its sequel series (really part of the same series), Magi: The Kingdom of Magic. I watched the last few episodes of Kingdom of Magic last night and it hit me that I liked it for a lot of the same reasons I like Fullmetal Alchemist, which are a lot of the same reasons I like superhero comics.

I love emotional characters making dramatic declarations (bonus points if they start crying, like Alibaba Saluja frequently does in Magi). I love characters in elaborate outfits standing in awkward but cool poses just before or after they unleash their unusual, flashy superpowers. And I particularly love epic conflicts and cosmic mysticism. (Is there an anime adaptation of the Mahabharata? I’ll be first in line to see that!)

Which isn’t to say I don’t also like smaller, quieter stories, because I do. But I really loves me some epic, cosmic melodrama!