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The Set of Seven Utterances

Attila József (1905 – 1937) “The Seventh” Winter Night: Selected Poems of Attila József, translated by John Bátki These are the opening stanzas: If you set out in this world, better be born seven times. Once, in a house on … Continue reading

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Ever Green In the Archive

From ad copy from the London Review of Books Spring is here, but the LRB, like cypress, pine, fir, cedar, spruce, hemlock, juniper, eucalyptus and magnolia trees, is evergreen. Which is to say that pieces and issues from a month, … Continue reading

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Welsh for Carrot

This is a short piece from Adam Jacot de Boinod The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World p. 116 Menu Envy In some cases, though, it’s the unfamiliar word rather than the food itself that … Continue reading

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Onomastic Fox

“By Way of Introduction’ in which a surprising appearance puts the reader off track, given it is a cookbook that is being read: Chester County — that glorious rolling countryside in Eastern Pennsylvania whose hills and valleys, woodlands and streams … Continue reading

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There

Northrop Frye By Liberal Things His address upon his installation as Principal of Victoria College, 1959 The university is not merely the group of institutions called universities, any more than the Church is merely the group of buildings called churches. … Continue reading

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Claim and Less

Tim Cestnick writing in The Globe and Mail provides us with a found poem. The list has enormous poetic potential (imagine for example the mere recitation of names (from an old-fashioned telephone book) — very Homeric). And this list culled … Continue reading

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Unravelling

Michele Leggott Milk & Honey “festival junction” 6 string of events string of memories string I bring into the labyrinth I like how the poet brings the reader in bit by bit until resting on the present tense we are … Continue reading

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Cornucopia

Marcella Hazan in the introduction to The Classic Italian Cookbook stresses the seasons. The sober winter taste, the austere whites and gray-greens of artichokes, cardoons, celery, cauliflower; the sweetness and the tender hues of spring in the first asparagus, the … Continue reading

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Still Life and A Fan of Links

The idea that nests and insects (butterflies) can figure the regeneration of life in a nature morte stems from this blog entry https://berneval.hcommons.org/2010/06/02/on-tulips-vanitas-and-collecting/ and a search of vanitas + birds + nests led to the work of Kimberly Witham https://www.kimberlywitham.com … Continue reading

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Passing Show

Exhibit A From Leslie Scalapino The Public World / Syntactically Impermanence ‘Not perceiving impermanence’ itself becomes an action, an intention. Exhibit B From “See also” listing from Wikipedia entry “mono no aware” Lacrimae rerum Memento mori Mottainai Nine Changes Wabi-sabi … Continue reading

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