This blog will expand on themes and topics first mentioned in my book, "The Automobile and American Life." I hope to comment on recent developments in the automobile industry, reviews of my readings on the history of the automobile, drafts of my new work, contributions from friends, descriptions of the museums and car shows I attend and anything else relevant to those interested in automobiles and auto history. Copyright 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016, 2017, by the author.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The Poetry of Linda Pastan : "Cable Jumping" -- Analogies of Car Parts and Human Parts
Poet Linda Pastan
Analogies and imagery involving car parts and human parts have been drawn in art and music in the past, whether it be the words in Robert Johnson’s “Terraplane Blues,” Mel Ramos’ canvas “Kar Kween,” or the “Dagmars” on early 1950s Cadillacs. Poet Linda Pastan spoke in terms of organs analogous to car parts, and connections no different than the flow of electricity under a hood. The end result of coming together or jump starting is the achievement of synchronicity, of reaching similar voltages.
When our cars touched, When you lifted the hood of mine To see the intimate workings underneath, When we were bound together By a pulse of pure energy, When my car like the princess In the tale woke with a start, I thought why not ride the rest of the way together?