Shampoo Poetry and Anne Babson
As you may have noted from earlier posts like this one, I sometimes believe in God and it makes me feel sort of crazy. I talked to my shrink about it recently and he reminded me that most people believe in God. That made me feel less crazy. Then I asked him, but do other people see “signs”? I think he said yes. I don’t remember. I am hungover and watching hockey. Years ago, I went to a reading in a bar in the East Village. The poet Anne Babson read a very long poem that dealt with her belief in a Christian God and miracles and basically, getting your prayers answered and I think, angels. I was moved at the time (but also thought she was crazy at the time, but now I don’t know if I think she is crazy) and went and walked up to her and bought her book called Counterterrorist Poems (Pudding House Publications). She also has a poem in Shampoo Poetry as does Mike Young. Here is an excerpt from the rather long poem she read that night:
My soul doth magnify the
Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced…
“At first, all the doors were locked. I had to go back up a flight…”
In God My Saviour; for
He hath regarded the low estate of…
“And cross the floor, which was filled with smoke,
to get to another…”
His handmaiden: For behold, from Henceforth all generations…
“…Stairwell. I was able to walk down maybe ten, fifteen flights…”
…Shall call me blessed
For He that is mighty hath done…
“…Before there was another locked door.
There was a crowd waiting…”
To me great things, and holy is
His name. And His mercy is on them…
“For the fire department to unlock it.
I must have been the only one…”
…that fear him from generation to generation,
He hath shown the strength…
“who saw the man who opened a door on the
floor near where I stood,”
…of His arm: He hath scattered the proud in
the imagination of thier hearts.
“A man in a suit, very calm, smiling at me.
He said he knew a way out,”
He hath put down the mighty from thier seats,
and exalted them of low degree.
“that I should come with him. I was the only
one who followed, and…”
He hath filled the hungry with good things: and
the rich he hath sent empty away.
“...he led me to a stairwell which was open all
The way down. I turned…”
He hath helped His servant Israel, in
remembrance of His mercy; as He…
“to thank him, but he was gone…