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Knots Bound [CXIX]

[XCIX]Otros días vendrán, será entendidoOther days will come, there will be heardel silencio de plantas y planetasthe silence of plants and planets.¡y cuántas cosas puras pasarán!And so many pure things will happen!¡Tendrán olor a luna los violines!Violins will have a … Continue reading

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Knots Bound [C]

[C]En medio de la tierra apartaréIn the midst of the earth I will separatelas esmeraldas para divisartethe emeralds in order to spot you,y tú estarás copiando las espigasand you will be copying the ears of graincon una pluma de agua … Continue reading

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‘I Cut the Sky in Two’

New York-born Jordan Nassar has Palestinian family roots. His show’s title “I Cut the Sky in Two” is from a poem by Etel Adnan, “the distinguished Lebanese-American painter and poet, and a touchstone for Mr. Nassar.” He is best known … Continue reading

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Iambo-Pentametricism

ApothegmHow does a country get to see the backof a leader who has only affront?(JMN) Iambo-Pentametricization of Codified Peroration“So we have many exciting things thatwe will be announcing over the nexteight weeks, I would say things that nobodyhas even contemplated, … Continue reading

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‘A Fond Infected Look’

A novelist’s prose can crowd poetry turf with an ineffability that thwarts paraphrase. Of his mother a protagonist says: “Ten minutes she will spend in the kitchen working with her swift cat-efficiency, then out and away with the children, surging … Continue reading

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A Hopper Reveal

It’s interesting to see instances of a teenage Edward Hopper’s copying of other artists, the more so as it touches on the reputation he cultivated “as an artist whose innate genius allowed him to emerge on the scene without a … Continue reading

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Rimbaud and Verlaine

The seventy-five persons interred in the French Pantheon include Voltaire, Rousseau, Dumas, Hugo and Malraux. None is there for poetry. (Victor Hugo was honored for his political attainments.) There is now a movement afoot to transfer the remains of Arthur … Continue reading

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Pen Pricks

In certain Victorian novels, female authors paint a bleak picture of limited options available to women lacking means or family status; of a lonely and loveless existence, yet one lacking privacy and subject to uninvited comment; of a life peopled … Continue reading

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Notes on Poetry from India (2)

In part two of his 2007 essay about Indian poetry*, R. Parasarathy narrows his focus to contemporary poetry written in Tamil. He credits C. Subramania Bharati (1882-1921) with breaking free of received forms, notably in his Prose Poems, and inventing … Continue reading

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Notes on Poetry from India (1)

In the September 2007 edition of Poetry, R. Parthasarathy edited an “Indian Poetry Portfolio” accompanied by his essay titled “Indian Poetry Today.” I note salient points from that essay here. India’s National Academy of Letters (Sahitya Akademi) recognizes twenty-four languages, … Continue reading

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