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I Met A Woman In A Joni Mitchell Song

by David Geary   (2007)  


This Joni Mitchell inspired poem was found on the internet.


She's in People's Parties off Court and Spark.

The reference isn't that flattering. But, hey,

she's in a Joni Mitchell song. She brought it up

at the AGM of our Film Co-op.

The Director wanted to create some ambience

so put on some raw blues - Slim Lightning -

before the meeting began proper. To get a buzz

going and encourage mingling, I guess. Suddenly,

out of nowhere, she says - I just found this note

that was Junior Wells asking me to come and

live with him. I'd completely forgotten about

that time of my life. I'm naturally nosey, so asked -

Did he write a song about you? She said - No, but Joni

Mitchell did...Yeah, that's how it all got started.

She & Joni knew each other way back when in Toronto.

When Joni was poor she'd stay with this woman.

And when this woman was poor she'd stay with Joni.

They had an arrangement. And then one day it was clear

Joni was never going to be poor again.

NB: I can't use this woman's real name.

Not just because you'll google the song, but 'cause I know things

about her. We met in another life she doesn't remember.

When I was a Government Man. With a laminated ID

on a rope around my neck, a clipboard

and a few simple questions.

I didn't mean to become a lightning rod

for everyone's problems with authority.

But there's a lot of paranoia out there.

What with SPAM and identity fraud and cold-calling tele-marketers

who won't let you get a word in edgeways

while you're trying to eat your dinner, and change the baby

and blob out in front of the telly after a long day.

So you end up hanging up on them. And feeling bad

for some poor out-sourced young woman in India

trying to put herself through university. As if I don't feel bad enough

about the poor of India already. And we just wanted the information

to help decide how many firemen should be at the station

and whether there's enough bus stops in your area. That's all. Honest.

...Anyway, this woman in a Joni Mitchell song was no problem.

She opened right up right away. Told me she was a bankrupt.

Everyone knows everything about me - she said. I lost everything,

all my money, and maybe some other people's too. I have to declare

that whenever I do business now...It's one of my conditions.

She's a BM in the lingo - a Building Manager.

A Gatekeeper that you want to butter up

so you can get a foot in the door of all the other hold-outs.

The ones who're too lazy/anarchic/rich to answer

a few simple questions to help their country decide

what's best for them. But, like I said, this woman, she doesn't recall

me coming to her building. I'm out of context - Thank God.

But I remember her. I have a steel trap

mind and the memory of a cheese grater.

She was more of your standard sieve. I mean

how could anyone ever forget that Junior Wells

asked you to shack up with him?! Still, it was the Sixties...

But you want to know the really sad thing?

The sad thing is she'll never be at an AGM and blurt out

so that everyone can hear above the music

Hey, I'm in a David Geary poem.

I'd totally forgot that part of my life.


About this author (from the Contributors page of TURBINE 07):

David Geary is a big Joni Mitchell fan. His favourite album is Blue. His favourite Joni song is Furry Sings the Blues. Joni's cover art for the gatefold sleeve of The Hissing of Summer Lawns is some of the best ever. However, David Crosby described Joni as 'about as humble as Mussolini'. She has described contemporary music as 'appallingly sick, with boring chord movements and bad acting'. And slagged off Sting, Alanis Morrisette and Sheryl Crow. David Geary doesn't think this is helping.

David will be the writer in residence at Victoria University for 2008. He thinks Herbie Hancock's new album of Joni covers, River - The Joni Letters, could become the soundtrack of the year. Herbie is a Nichiren Buddhist. David has flirted with this path and occasionally chants Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to quiet his monkey brain.




(Contributed by Laura Oppermann)


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» Switch (1991)
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» A Walk on the Moon (1999)
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» Dawson's Creek
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» Dharma and Greg
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» Ellen (1997)
» Emmerdale
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» ER (2002)
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» General Hospital (2006)
» Gilmore Girls (2003)
» A Girl Thing
» Grandeur et décadence (1986)
» Guiding Light
» Hey Arnold! (2007)
» I'm Alan Partridge
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» Jeff Buckley
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» The Late Show with David Letterman (2000)
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» The Late Show with David Letterman (2002)
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» Melrose Place
» Melrose Place
» Mercy (2010)
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» When Hippies Ruled the World
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» Will & Grace (2000)
» Will & Grace (2002)
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» A Alejandra Pizarnik by Julio  Cortazar
» Bericht aan de reizigers by Ingmar Heytze
» For Joni by Kerry  Furber (Kezz)
» I Met A Woman In A Joni Mitchell Song by David Geary
» jammin' with joni by Terry 
» Joni Mitchell  by Joseph  Hutchinson
» Joni Mitchell Can Bite My Ass by Curtis Meyer
» Joni Mitchell, Coffee & the Rain by Carmina Gitana
» Learning the Hard Way by Jane McGuinness
» Libro de Manuel by Julio  Cortazar
» Lonely With Joni by Rebecca  Stang
» Pas de Deux from a Distance by Nora Maria Iancu
» Paved Paradise  by Heidi  Lerner
» Practical Water by Brenda Hillman
» Purr by James Servin
» Radical Sentimentality by James Sevin
» Somewhere in the Buddha Night by Lester Hirsh
» Upon hearing Joni Mitchell's Travelogue by Peter Tadd
» You Don't Know What You've Got . . . by Paula  Harris

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» Coyote Inspired Briefs & Bras by Marlies Dekkers
» My Old Man residing in Shangri-La
» A music store named Sharon in Maidstone
» Anna Quindlen column
» Ashley Judd in Reader's Digest interview
» Ben Whishaw: “I can’t write poetry. I’ve written love letters”
» A bench at Princeton
» A Bermuda tour boat narration
» Big Yellow Taxi - New Hampshire
» Big Yellow Taxi in a political column
» Bissell Commercial
» Capitol Steps Political Parody of Both Sides Now
» Cartoon in The New Yorker Magazine by Victoria  Roberts
» Celebrity Taboo - The Game Of Unspeakable Fun!
» CHUM-FM questionnaire
» Clean White Linen by Mark Aster
» Cloud Physics Course
» Coldwater Creek catalogue
» Desert Island Discs - Jack Vettriano
» Dirty Car Art
» Doonesbury by Gary  Trudeau
» Doonesbury by Gary  Trudeau
» Edie Falco in Watch! interview
» Esquire Magazine, July 2002 by Jeff Gordinier
» Extra-credit question for 5th grade students
» From a New Yorker article by Ian Frazier
» Graham Nash radio interview
» Guardian review of Partick McCabe book
» Hotel Isolabella OUR HOUSE Room - Trentino, Italy
» How Keith Richards Inspired Dr. Evil by Unknown 
» Jacksonville Transit Poster Art
» Joni mention on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Disk
» Joni mention on high rotation TV commercial
» Joni-inspired painting names by Jack Vettriano
» Ken Bruce's BBC radio show
» Lafayette Electronics & Larry
» Lorrie Moore in Reader's Digest interview
» Mermaid Café in Nantucket
» Metro interview with Adrian Edmondson
» Motorsport Journalism - Formula One Diary by Simon  Arron
» My prom date, the spy by Lisa Zeidner
» National Lampoon parody
» National Lampoon/Bernie's column
» New South Wales Higher School Certificate Exam  by Unknown 
» The Night Before Christmas by Bob Muller
» Night Ride Home by Lindsay Stamhuis
» NPR science show promo
» Obama Town Hall Webcam by Reginald  Cunningham III
» A paper from War Resisters International Triennial Conference
» Parade Magazine Article by Bruce  Feiler
» Parody of Woodstock
» Peggy Baker Dance Projects
» PhillyBaseballNews.com column by Cole Hamels
» Pop The Question: The Ultimate Pop Trivia Quiz Card Game
» Postcard for Common Good Planning Center in Rochester, NY
» Prop O poster in Paradise, California
» Radio 4 program about natural foods
» The Reptile Garden by Louise Erdrich
» A Sacrifice for Friendship, Chapter 3 by DS  Bauden
» A Sacrifice for Friendship, Chapter 5 by DS  Bauden
» Salon.com political commentary
» Spaceship "Stardust" news story
» A Spray-painted cardboard sign
» Starbucks Calendar
» Stevie Nick's Moonlight Video & Wild Things Run Fast
» Summer music and drink suggestions
» The Laura Ingraham Show
» The Times of London interview with Brian Cox
» Tori Amos radio interview by Toyah Wilcox
» Tristam Shandy, A Cock and Bull Story by Steve Coogan
» Valentine's Day Editorial
» Whole Foods ad
» Windy City Media Group online interview of writer Paul Lisicky
» The Writer's Almanac by Garrison  Keillor

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