Tag Archives: Poetry

1821: In Life the Firmest Friend

From a letter written by Percy Bysshe Shelley to Thomas Love Peacock, August 1821: Lord Byron gets up at two. I get up, quite contrary to my usual custom…at twelve. After breakfast, we sit talking till six. From six till … Continue reading

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1970: Knots

A selection from R. D. Laing’s Knots (1970). Here is another: Mother loves me because she is good I am bad, to think she is bad therefore if I am good she is good and loves me because I am … Continue reading

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2010: We Chast Butterflys

Found in a park, 2010: GUY CLUES 1. has gray hair 2. wears glasses 3. looks like mr. schultz 4. construction man day 2 very dusty [?] suny bisx [?] mayla aolo [?] must erestmangone [?] mushengone [?] blanck nin … Continue reading

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2006: A Little White Shadow

Pages from Mary Ruefle’s book A Little White Shadow, which was composed by whiting out text from Emily Malbone Morgan‘s 1890 book of the same name. …seven centuries of…sobbing…gathered…in the…twilight…and…had their…pages…wandered…through the…dead…borrow so little from…the past…as if they were alive

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600 BC: How Can Someone Not Be Hurt and Hurt Again

πῶϲ κε δή τιϲ οὐ θαμέω̣ϲ̣ἄϲαιτ̣ο, Κύπρι, δέϲπ̣ ̣ο̣ιν̣ ̣’, ὄττινα [δ]η̣ ̀ φιλ̣́ ̣[ηϲι,] [κωὐ] θέλοι μάλιϲτα πάθα̣ν̣χ̣άλ̣[αϲϲαι;] [ποῖ]ον ἔχηϲθα [νῶν] ϲά̣ λοιϲί μ’ ἀλεμά̣τω̣ ̣ϲ̣ δ̣αιϲ̣̈́ δ̣ ̣[ην [ἰμέ]ρω⟨ι⟩ λύ{ι}̣ ϲαντι γ̣όν’ ωμε-̣ [x [ ̣ ̣ ̣] … Continue reading

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1997: Translation / Transformation

In a 1997 essay on translation, the writer Harry Mathews cites Marcel Benabou’s version of Keats’s “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”: Ah, singe débotté, / Hisse un jouet fort et vert! It’s not quite a translation: the … Continue reading

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1936: Gold Were His Limbs where He Was Bird

In 1921, the Istituto nazionale dantesco in Milan commissioned a lavish edition of the Divine Comedy to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Dante’s death; the edition was to include an original color plate for each of the 100 canti of … Continue reading

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