State of Mind—December 16, 1992: The playlist

Here are the contents of the mixtape referenced in my previous post… Side A X’mas day in the next life—Yukihiro Takahashi Heartbeat (Tainai kaiki II)—Returning to the womb—David Sylvian/Ryuichi Sakamoto featuring Ingrid Chavez Wicked game—Chris Isaak Shiroi machi, aoi kage—EPO No ordinary love—Sade I guess there ain’t no Santa Claus—Barry Manilow Christmas eve—Tatsuro Yamashita Shopping—The [...]

State of Mind—December 16, 1992 (A poem)

This morning, I have been listening to a mixtape I made in December of 1992… Early morning, Xmas day Almost-forgotten sounds come from the speaker cones There’s enough there to remember the feeling of that December afternoon the sky grown dark the traffic grown thick that chill in the air but the streets still bare [...]

That’s what Xmas means to me (A poem)

Watching movies on Xmas eve… Lights out, America it’s a full-moon Xmas this year and here I am the night before Xmas eve preparing to sleep alone That’s what Xmas means to me I’ve got a tiny metal tree a nativity scene in a box stockings packed safely away Another silent night? That sounds about [...]

Illumination (A poem)

Getting back to it after a bit of a break. Note that I am using illumination here in the Japanese sense; examples of illumination can be seen here and here. It’s been years since I last saw the lights opulent displays of color and bright to enliven the season distract from the chill with festivities running on into [...]