Roger Ebert, Peter O’Toole and W.B. Yeats … the stuff of dreams …

IMG_20140525_111008782I was totally exhausted last night after several days devoted to work on The BeZine for Monday. There’s a lot of reading, a lot of detail work, that goes into it … a lot of juggling too.  All of it done staring relentlessly at my computer screen. It makes me long for the days of paper and blue pencil and art departments.  Time for a break …

Bleary-eyed and evil-tempered, I picked up something on paper to read and ease my eyes: an old issue of Poetry, the wonderful magazine published by The Poetry Foundation.The issue happens to include an article by Roger Ebert.  In closing, Ebert told about sharing a stage with Peter O’Toole.

“One night at the Telluride Film Festival, I was pressed into service to do an onstage interview with Peter O’Toole.  We covered many of his films and adventures, and then I said: ‘I understand you have always wanted to play Jack Yeats.’ [Referring to W.B.’s brother, Jack, a painter and olympic athlete.]

“This was true, and he responded to it with a line or two by W.B. Yeats.  They jarred something within me, and I answered with a few more lines of Yeats.  Our eyes met, and something clicked.  He quoted some more Yeats, and then I did, and we went on for 10 minutes or so, and he laughed and said, ‘Well, I think we’ve done our job.'” Roger Ebert, All My Heart for Speech, July/August 2013 issue of Poetry.

What fun. How I envy the people who heard them. It’s the stuff of dreams  …

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams…”

(Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven)
W.B. Yeats, The Wind Among the Reeds 

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