Alec Soth's Archived Blog

February 23, 2007

Friday Poem

Filed under: poetry — alecsothblog @ 12:06 am

Christian is mocking my skirt adjustments, Eric is frustrated by the lack of unbridled purity in my fashion photography, and today Sarah told me that she never looks at the blog because all I do is copy poems. So, dear friends, this one is for you:

Dear friend, whoever you are, take this kiss,
I give it especially to you—Do not forget me;
I feel like one who has done work for the day, to retire awhile;
I receive now again of my many translations—from my avataras ascending—while others
doubtless await me;
An unknown sphere, more real than I dream’d, more direct, darts awakening rays
about me—So long!
Remember my words—I may again return,
I love you—I depart from materials;
I am as one disembodied, triumphant, dead.

—- from So Long, by Walt Whitman


  1. Is there a law that all Minnesotans have to wear enormous anoraks?

    And fuggedabout fashion shoots, when are we going to hear the lowdown about the Cat Power shoot?

    Comment by guybatey — February 23, 2007 @ 3:14 am

  2. Dear Alec, you’ve done your work;
    Retire awhile to Minnesota–So long!
    You are not dead, not disembodied;
    Only triumphant.

    — Great to see you today, Christian

    Comment by Christian — February 23, 2007 @ 3:33 am

  3. Damn it, Guy. You swiped the first comment from me. What the hell are you doing up at 3:14 am?!

    I can’t sleep…

    Comment by Christian — February 23, 2007 @ 3:36 am

  4. 8.40 am here in London, blue sky, mild. Where’s winter gone?

    Comment by guybatey — February 23, 2007 @ 3:40 am

  5. you’ll be back. you know you can’t resist this sweet sweet canday.

    Comment by aizan — February 23, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

  6. you’re quitting? i just found this place.

    Comment by charley — February 23, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

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