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I was thinking about writing a poem, when I realized that the poem I was thinking of writing had mostly already been written by Lorca. So then I was going to just link to the poem, but of course I couldn't find it anywhere in the right translation. And then I didn't feel like typing it out on Facebook, so why not here, where at least a slightly different set of bots will scrape it into their enormous data-bins.

Though also it wouldn't surprise me at all to learn that I have already typed out this exact poem, in this exact translation, in some long-ago entry. Oh well.

Qasida of the Weeping
(Federico Garcia Lorca)

I have closed off my balcony,
for I do not want to hear the weeping.
But out there, beyond gray walls,
nothing is heard but the weeping.

There are very few angels who sing.
There are very few dogs who bark.
A thousand violins fit in the palm of my hand.

But the weeping is an enormous dog,
the weeping is an enormous angel,
the weeping is an enormous violin,
tears have muzzled the wind,
and nothing is heard but the weeping.

trans. Catherine Brown


I have been thinking about trying to start writing here again. I don't know -- it seems unlikely, but I keep trying to use twitter and FB as though they were somehow just different versions of lj, and they certainly, certainly aren't.

(In fact I am quite curious if anyone has done a study about social media usage habits among people with different 'first' social media. I can't imagine that someone who grew up with Facebook makes the same use of Instagram as someone who started with MySpace, or livejournal.)

Date: 2016-12-11 09:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taxi.livejournal.com
It's an interesting idea. I wonder how I would use Twitter or Facebook. I suspect it would be very frustrating for me. But who knows!

Date: 2016-12-11 11:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icecreamemperor.livejournal.com

My FB usage is very utilitarian, it doesn't really have anything to recommend it as a medium. Twitter is interesting; I only really convinced myself to get into it by treating it as a sort of word salad outlet, esp. once I realized I could text twitter from my phone (like straight-up SMS), which meant it was something I could do while lying in bed unable to sleep.

Then eventually it sort of morphed into a bit of a lj-surrogate, with much teenage emoting and frustrating impulses towards consistency and 'brand' (for lack of a better word) -- and lately there are some new friends who I only really interact with via twitter, so it has taken on more of a social/actual-communication dimension, which it is Very Terrible at. This is part of what prompted this line of questioning for me; how the more like a real thing Twitter became, the more I wanted it to be like livejournal -- longer, thoughtful writing, private commenting, etc -- and the more obviously it was not.



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