Monthly Archives: August 2018

“Big ego, low self-esteem”

Is there a certain type of artwork that you keep in your bedroom? Strangely, there are works of mine in the bedroom, but they’re not works that I’ve shown. They’re experiments with painting, plants and patterns, very quiet things. I … Continue reading

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A Poet Fights for the Environment

His war is fought for the survival of such menaced species as the unique richness of butterflies in [Mexico’s] forests, turtles along her coastlines, whales in her waters. Such matters, however urgent, were “outrageously absent” from debate or discourse before … Continue reading

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“A Prayer for My Daughter” (4)

“A Prayer for My Daughter” by W.B. Yeats (Spanish translation by James Mansfield Nichols) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/14635/a-prayer-for-my-daughter A Prayer for My Daughter (4) Helen, being chosen, found life flat and dull, And later had much trouble from a fool; While that great … Continue reading

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Ear Fatigue Syndrome and Recovery

The wireless speakers strewn about The Shed burble from their niches most of the day. Some days I think I’ve divined the secret of much jazz that I listen to: Play only the notes that are not hummable. I say … Continue reading

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“Odor of Sanctity”

Odor of Sanctity James Mansfield Nichols The body is detritus wrested free From the last-minute clutch of agony. The mortal launchpad of a soul now lies Charred by the life’s fierce burn, the prey of flies. The faithful fight for … Continue reading

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Reflection on Popular Entertainment

I’ve never snorted cocaine or been present when someone else did. But I would know exactly how to do it because I’ve seen it five thousand times in movies and TV. I’ve never held a handgun with that cupped, two-handed, … Continue reading

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“A Prayer for My Daughter” (3)

I’m nervous if a post of mine runs longer than a couple of scrolls, so I’m parceling the translation now into one stanza at a time until the end. I realize that I run the risk of confining myself to … Continue reading

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Adverbs Beware

I read somewhere today that someone said that something “almost ought to be illegal.” A statement like that always reminds me of how terrified I am, as a stylist, of adverbs. I estimate that at least half the time I … Continue reading

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“A Prayer for My Daughter” (2)

“A Prayer for My Daughter” by W. B. Yeats (Spanish translation by James Mansfield Nichols) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/14635/a-prayer-for-my-daughter A Prayer for My Daughter (2) Once more the storm is howling, and half hid Under this cradle-hood and coverlid My child sleeps on. … Continue reading

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“A Prayer for my Daughter” (1)

“A Prayer for My Daughter” by W. B. Yeats (Spanish translation by James Mansfield Nichols) https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/14635/a-prayer-for-my-daughter Celebrating recent renewal of contact with my long-lost daughter raised in Spain, I undertake this translation into Spanish of Yeats’s “Prayer for My Daughter.” … Continue reading

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