Musical mashups were a bit of a recent phenomenon, due to the beautifully synchronized juxtaposition of different worlds coming together (Alice In Chains & Wynton Marsalis!!!). Last week, I had the idea of literary mashups and instantly wondered if this had already been done, so I looked it up online. Apparently, it both has and hasn’t been done. People have mashed up titles of books and poems, but no one has combined texts. So, here we go…..
“Rhapsody on a Windy Night” by T.S. Eliot and “As I Grew Older” by Langston Hughes
It was a long time ago.
Along the reaches of the street
I have almost forgotten my dream
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Held in a lunar synthesis,
Bright like a sun–
Whispering lunar incantations
Dissolve the floors of memory
And all its clear relations
Its divisions and precisions,
Beats like a fatalistic drum,
And then the wall rose,
And through the spaces of the dark
Midnight shakes the memory
As a madman shakes a dead geranium.