Tuesday, May 28, 2013


           Bringing In The Sheaves One Sheaf At A Time

“The trip had a dual purpose. One was to turn America on to this particular form of enlightenment, the other was to publicize [Kesey's] new book”   ~ Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

“The durability of that myth… [purpose #1] is rooted in American ideals of freedom. Carolyn Garcia, aka Mountain Girl, the prankster who would later marry Jerry Garcia of the rock band the Grateful Dead, says Kesey felt that a film of the bus trip would spread the gospel of freedom through LSD. "They didn't know they were starting the 60s.
 ~Edward Helmore, The Observer

Electric kool-aid acid test
Astral, baby, but also


1. The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test: Tom Wolfe's book about Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. One of the great books about how LSD invaded America's consciousness, peaking during the Summer of Love. A tribute to Kesey, the Pranksters (including Neal Cassady, Ken Babbs, Mountain Girl and Wavy Gravy), and the whole psychedelic generation. Good insight into how the torch was passed from the Beats to the hippies. It also contrasts Kesey's "up front", experiential movement versus Timothy Leary's experimental, insightful approach to the LSD trip.

2. For more hippie terms see http://hippy.com/glossary-f.htm#F

3. Edward Helmore. “How Ken Kesey's LSD-fuelled bus trip created the psychedelic 60s”.  The Guardian/The Observer,  Saturday August 6, 2011. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/aug/06/lsd-ken-kesey-pranksters-film accessed May 28, 2013.  accessed May 28, 2013.

4. #ohj [odd hippie journey] sheaf, fractious and bonus fun; the letter "N" is banned today May 28, 2013 except in hashtag.

5. The bus, "Further" from the 1960's road trip that begat the '60's.

Monday, May 27, 2013

#ohj (old hippie journey) 1960-1969

                      THE HOUSE THAT ROCK BUILT

The social and political unrest of the 1960s stimulated a resurgence of Mother Goose rhymes as poems of protest. The best known and most censored of these verses are contained in Eve Merriam's The Inner City Mother Goose.                    

This is the house that rock built.
This is the song sung if by chance
or extenuating circumstance
here in the house that rock built.

This is the rhyme sung in protest
there in the song sung if by chance
or extenuating circumstance
here in the house that rock built.

These are the foibles sung if by chance
or extenuating circumstance there in
the rhyme that turned to protest
here in the house that rock built.

This is the doo wop Mother Goose
caught in the rhyme that turned to protest
low in the song sung if by chance
or extenuating circumstance
here in the house that rock built.

“The House That Rock Built, 1960-1969” stephanie pope
©2013 mythopoetry.com


1. The Demensions, Nursery Rhyme Rock, 1960 http://youtu.be/t-cV8hviKI0. accessed May 27, 2013.
2. The House That Jack Built http://eclipse.rutgers.edu/goose/rhymes/tihj/.  accessed May 27, 2013.
3. Social and political uses of Mother Goose http://eclipse.rutgers.edu/goose/socialpolitical/default.aspx.
accessed May 27, 2013.
4. For a short history of rock between 1960-69 see http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/entertainment/rock-music-the-late-1960s-early-70s-rock-golden-age.html.

Sunday, May 26, 2013


                          1967 SUMMER OF LOVE

"In the land of the dark, the ship of the sun is driven by the Grateful Dead"
~quote from the original cover design of the 1967 album

The land is dark.
The ship of the sun
driven by the grateful dead,
driven far from the addled winds of war
driven far from the rising nebula of nam
lead the grateful who really are grateful
and summer changes.

Hipsters of haight flower
in the haight of summer. And in the heat
in the haight lives a beat
that nobody need approve.
Down low is the flowering
where the beat goes on―and the beat
goes on.

“1967: Old Hippie Juju”  stephaniepope ©2013 mythopoetry.com


from San Fanscisco Montery Pop Music festival and the first album of the Grateful Dead, "Viola Lee Blues"

Saturday, May 25, 2013



#OHJ (occupy hippie jargon):
to do this think communis1
aurea mediocritas2 and Horace;
think of the medium at work
in the mode and the mode, poetic.

Psyche-making occupies itself
and this is the way at work
in cosmos; the middle way at work
is a sacred economy that works
for everybody.

Pawprints stephanie pope
©2013 mythopoetry.com

[1] For an understanding of communis, what is “held in common” in the root see Done With Mirrors, “Carnival of the Etymologies”, Thursday, December 29, 2005. http://vernondent.blogspot.com/2005/12/carnival-of-etymologies_29.html  accessed May 25, 2013.
[2] Aurea Mediocritas, Horace Odes 2.10, translates “golden mean”. See  http://thecampvs.com/2007/04/04/aurea-mediocritas-and-horace-odes-2101-8/  accessed May 25, 2013.

Friday, May 24, 2013

#ohj: YAFFLE

1969:  Yaffle

A spring green rain sensed in 1969,
singing the body

under the clothesline
where the tie-dye hangs
the yaffle sits in the tall May grass.

She yaffles a laugh full, a rainsong
singing the body electric on and on.

And we rush to the line
to carry in out of the rain our artwork
carry it under our arms by the armful

And, in this way, I suppose
we are called to yaffle, too.

#ohj 1969: Yaffle  stephanie pope
©2013 mythopoetry.com


Picus viridis : Green Woodpecker - Picidae

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Thank you to the following url for providing the free clipart. http://americanhistory.phillipmartin.info/americanhistory_hippies.htm

#OHJ[1]  Lines For May

The light-hearted

is a timeless hippie.

On the shelf
a hippie handbook

how to lead such a life (even now).

down inside
the shelf, an image, an etymology

of split wood ―

”split”; in coming to sense the apo-sense here:
a spiritual disinheritance, away, afar, apart

a thou-making unconcealing itself.

“On the shelf” means set aside
(prolly rejected bits set aside for such thou-making)

an aesthetic arrest in a lighted heart.

[1] See twitter hashtag #OHJ May 22, 2013  OHJ stands for “Old Hippie Journey”  I like the notion of the h-space; H= a space for turning images in psyche-making. this month all month the H-space stands for "hippie".  Each day two new words are given.  This day’s words are “shelf” and “frantic".

#OHJ:  Lines For May stephanie pope  micropoetics
©2013 mythopoetry.com

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


                      Stranger On The Shore[1]

A modicum of me
A modicum of you

scraps along a shore
of 1962

awash along a shore
of 1962

“Stranger On The Shore” stephanie pope

[1] ‘Stranger On The Shore recorded by Acker Bild in 1962 is Billboard Top 100 Songs  number 1  Song of 1962.

Stranger On The Shore /lyrics

Here I stand, watching the tide go out

So all alone and blue
Just dreaming dreams of you

I watched your ship
As it sailed out to sea
Taking all my dreams
And taking all of me

The sighing of the waves
The wailing of the wind
The tears in my eyes burn
Pleading, "My love, return"

Why, oh, why must I go on like this?
Shall I just be a lonely
Stranger on the Shore?

The sighing of the waves
The wailing of the wind
The tears in my eyes burn
Pleading, "My love, return"
Why, oh, why must I go on like this?
Shall I just be a lonely
Stranger on the shore?

Words by Robert Mellin

1. Mnemonics, as a memory aid for modicum which means something in small amounts, bits or, in other words, moderation, links two terms to muse upon, “mod” and “mode”.  Both modicum and moderate have “mod” in common. Mod is slang for modification, mod a reference to the 1960’s youth culture. The mod(e) of knowing from within missed spaces such as that space which lies between two terms is a poetic one.  Who, then, is the poet? the poet here is the one who has bathed in the poetry at work in the depths. Poetry is a mode of knowing what is otherwise missed.  Poetry is a mode of knowing what is otherwise, mist.  Dew and debris; dust and mist, of such psyche’s stuff, a poetry.  Poetry arises from profound and secret depths. This realization led me to look at the myth of cloud people. Nephele (gr) means cloud. In a poetic language- making, poetic words are cloudy words. They are not meant to reveal a certainty or truth but are remaining faithful to a concealment that is true. Poetics undoes the way myths are told and retold. It is from such words, words as metaphor, that what is concealed is made over in unconcealment. And, this would be a bigger thought, a thought rendering the megalopsychia of the metaphor (the myth within) and a specific contact with it which reveals-- but not quite, the metaphor’s “soul”.  Of the various versions told of the myth of Nephele *and all classical sources I know of are provided below* I am specifically caught by one certain line rendered in blue beginning Pindar’s Pythian Ode. Poetic language arises from profound and secret depths and it tells a story never told.

2. Myths of Nephele

Pindar, Pythian Ode 2. 32 ff (trans. Conway) (Greek lyric C5th B.C.)/ "In the profound and secret depths of her own bridal chamber, he [Ixion] assailed the wife of Zeus. Well is it for a man to take the measure of each deed by his own stature. Unto the full deep tides of woe loves which transgress the law casts a man down, who sets foot there. For with a Cloud (Nephele) he lay, pursuing sweet falsehood, that man of folly. In semblance like [Hera] the all-high Sovereign daughter of Kronos son of Ouranos, this phantom came, this guile, proffered him by the hands of Zeus, a beauteous bane. Thus on the four-spoked wheel he gave his limbs to bondage, his own destruction. From whence is no escape, he heard the message that he must spread to all the world. Far were the Kharites (Graces) when the mother [Nephele] bore--ne'er such a mother, never such a son--her babe of monstrous breed, who had no honour amongst men nor in the laws of Heaven. She reared him up and named him Kentauros (Centaurus), and the Magnesian mares knew his as mate by Pelion's ridges; and that strange race was born [the Kentauroi, Centaurs], like to both parents, their mother's form below, above their sire's."
Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca E1. 20 (trans. Aldrich) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.)/ "Ixion fell in love with Hera and tried to rape her, and when Hera told Zeus about it, Zeus wanted to determine if her report was really true. So he fashioned a Cloud (Nephele) to look like Hera, and laid it by Ixion's side. When Ixion bragged that he had slept with Hera, Zeus punished him by tying him to a wheel, on which he was turned by winds up in the air. The Cloud (Nephele) bore Kentauros (Centaurus) from Ixion’s seed."
Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 4. 12. 5 4 (trans. Oldfather) (Greek historian C1st B.C.)/ "He [Herakles] had indeed to struggle with beings [the Kentauroi, Centaurs] who were gods on their mother’s side, who possessed the swiftness of horses, who had the strength of two bodies, and enjoyed in addition the experience and wisdom of men . . . The Kentauroi were aided in their struggle [against Herakles] by Nephele (Cloud), who sent down a heavy rain, by which she gave no trouble to those which had four legs, but for him who was supported upon two made the footing slippery."
Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 4. 69. 4 / "The myths recount, that in the end he [Ixion] was purified by Zeus [for the murder of his father-in-law], but that he became enamoured of Hera and had the temerity to make advances to her. Thereupon, men say, Zeus formed a figure of Hera out of cloud and sent it to him, and Ixion lying with the cloud (Nephele) begat the Kentauroi (Centaurs), as they are called, which have the shapes of men . . . others say that it was the Kentauroi born of Ixion and Nephele who were called Hippokentauroi (Horse-Centaurs), because they were the first to essay the riding of horses, and that they were then made into a fictitious myth, to the effect that they were of double form."
Pseudo-Hyginus, Fabulae 62 (trans. Grant) (Roman mythographer C2nd A.D.)/ "Ixion, son of Leonteus, attempted to embrace Juno [Hera]. Juno, by Jove's [Zeus] instructions, substituted a Cloud (Nubes), which Ixion believed to be the likeness of Juno. From this the Centauri were born."
Cicero, De Natura Deorum 3. 20 (trans. Rackham) (Roman rhetorician C1st B.C.)/ "If the Arcus [Iris the Rainbow] is a divinity, what will you do about the Nubes (Clouds)? The rainbow itself is caused by some coloration of the clouds; and also a Nubes (Cloud) [i.e. Nephele] is fabled to have given birth to the Centauri."