A comment on Joe Brainard’s Poem: “I Remember” (Jeg Kan Huske)

Joe Brainard – 1942-1994
“When I stop and think about what it’s all about I do come up with some answers, but they don’t help very much. I think it is safe to say that life is pretty mysterious. And hard.


Life is short. I know that much. That life is short. And that it’s important to keep reminding oneself of it. That life is short. Just because it is. I suspect that each of us is going to wake up some morning to suddenly find ourselves old men (or women) without knowing how we got that way. Wondering where it all went. Regretting all the things we didn’t do. So I think that the sooner we realize that life is short the better off we are”.

The above citation is a resume’ of a wonderful 1500 paragraphs & sentences that start with the clause “I remember”-“Jeg kan Huske”. A brave and daring attempt to look inward and backward to memories, fantasies, and daily experiences that every one of us faces- whether we dare to confront or not, that is another question. But Joe defied us, challenged us, and mostly he was himself. Alas: too early to die as with all young poets and artists.