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What is an Ampelopsis? To quote Lord Peter Wimsey: "An ampelopsis is a suburban plant that climbs by suction."
(Speaking of which, everything here is copywright-ed 2012 immediately.)
15 February 2012
Properties (A Poem for Henslowe)
Note: Philip Henslowe (1556-1616) was an Elizabethan-era producer, entrepreneur and general theater maven, who is known to most of us through his diaries, and through Geoffrey Rush's portrayal of him in the film "Shakespeare In Love."
Recently, while reading a history of Elizabethan theater, I came upon his list of props ( or "properties) for the Globe Theater, around 1600. The list [see below] is, I think, a wonderful piece of "found" poetry, with its brevity, rhythm, and tossing-about of names of normally "sacred" objects, in the most delightfully casual way. -What follows that is a little riff from 2012 NYC. Enjoy. PL/NYC
“One rock, one cage, one Hell Mouth.
One tomb of Guido. One tomb of Dido.
One wooden hatchet; one leather hatchet, one Iris head,
One little altar and one target.
Some evil foils. Three tumbrels. One dragon for “Faust”.
One Pope’s miter. One imperial crown.
One plain crown.”
- Henslowe, 1600
Property (in memory of Henslowe) PL 2012
One New York apartment: Cage.
Hell Mouth. Tomb, and bedspread: all.
Tomb (for lighting), HellMouth (radiators);
And you should see the carpet in the hall.
One hatchet for my neighbor, who plays jazz;
One rainbow for gay neighbors, Hal and Chaz.
Upstairs. Iris, model: gives what little head she has.
She seethes and hisses. Off and on. Just like the radiator.