Saturday, December 17, 2011


Marathon is a film about poet laureate William Meredith and his partner Richard Harteis, also a poet, but almost three decades his junior. After seventeen years together, Meredith suffered a devastating stroke. With help from some friends and family, and opposition and interference from others, Harteis dedicated himself to the long and exhausting task of Meredith's rehabilitation and care. They continued together for another sixteen years --Meredith wrote again, gaining even wider recognition--until he died at age 88.

Poems are hard to read
Pictures are hard to see
Music is hard to hear
And people are hard to love

But whether from brute need
Or divine energy
At last mind eye and ear
And the great sloth heart will move.

I often say that it's rare to find characters in gay movies who are either likeable or worthy of respect. Meredith is an introvert, upbeat but shy. Harteis --who still writes--  is no saint, but worthy of great, great respect. The acting is not notable, nor is the direction nor the script, nor the music especially. But the moving story is about love and honor and fidelity. Going the distance. One with the other. Both with each other.

The two oaks lean apart for light.
They aren't as strong as lone oaks
but in a wind they give each other lee.

Daily since I cleared them I can see
them, tempting to chain saw and ax—
two hardwoods, leaning like that for light.

...bandaged comrades, lending each other lee.
...yoked in this yoke:
two men, leaning apart for light,
but in a wind who give each other lee.


OreamnosAmericanus said...

One of the Netflix comments: "And since when does a man in love with another man fondle, carress, and lovingly kiss a woman? The movie may be based on real life, but whose real life? Like I said, was this a joke or what? Anyone in the LGBT community would do well to steer clear of this pathetic film. The underlying push for procreation, is bigoted and unforgivable. To think this film is 2010 material boggles the mind."

Not everyone should be let out of the closet.

OreamnosAmericanus said...

Funny that someone who claims the LGBT community, B for bi-sexual, should find it so offensive that a man in love with a man would have any attraction to a woman?

And with all the celebration of gay families, parents and children...why the hatred of procreation?

This queen is seriously inattentive to his own group's party lines.

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