April 2, 2005

Avalon


Avalon, Catalina Island, 01/02/03

".... THIS MUCH I'VE LEARNED
In these five years in what I've spent and earned:
Time does not finish a poem.
Upon the old amusement pier I watch
The creeping darkness gather in the west.
Above the giant funhouse and the ghosts
I hear the seagulls call. They're going west
Toward some great Catalina of a dream
Out where the poem ends.
                                             But does it end?
The birds are still in flight. Believe the birds."

-- Jack Spicer, Imaginary Elegies, 1950-55

Posted by Vanderleun at April 2, 2005 1:40 PM
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Thanks for the Avalon picture, which reminded me of the numerous times I visited there in my various sailboats between 1967-1989. I spent many nights on moorings in Avalon Bay, and at anchor in White Cove, the Isthmus, Cat Harbor and various other anchorages on the Island. One of my most vivid memories was one night in 1986 or so, when by pure chance I had an opportunity to see the 1927 silent movie "Wings" in the Casino movie house. What made this event so unique was that one of the stars of the movie, Charles "Buddy" Rogers was there, and addressed the audience before the movie, describing some of his experiences during the filming of it and told other interesting stories about his career. Also the person who composed the organ music for the film, Gaylord Carter, was there and performed the music on the organ for the movie. Both these gentlemen lived into their nineties, but are now deceased.

Posted by: Cap'n Billy at April 3, 2006 7:23 AM