Thanks kindly to HelloPoetry for posting this originally: You Learn (by Jorge Luis Borges) The poverty of yesterday was less squalid than the poverty we purchase with our industry today. Fortunes were smaller then as well. (The Elderly Lady) After a while you learn the subtle difference Between holding a hand and chaining a soul, …
Czesław Miłosz was a Lithuanian poet of Polish extraction (and he made sure to let people know this). His poetry was powerful and highly affected by his sufferings inside of the Soviet Union, as well as his later embrace of Roman Catholicism. The Washington Post reviews the above-listed book here.
Omar Metioui is a Moroccan classical musician who was born in 1962. In this album, Metioui collaborates with Mohamed Mehdi Temsamani in their interpretation influenced by the Andalusian poet Al-Shustari.
It is truly a shame that such a treasure like Sayat-Nova, whose works were written in Armenian, Azeri, Georgian and Russia has been turned into a tool for nationalism. Kamyar Jarahzadeh writes a wonderful article on the legendary band here for Ajam Media Collective.
Bauhaus bassist David J collaborated with an original member of the Bauhaus movement, painter and poet René Halkett, for this rather interesting collaboration.
The lyrics of this track by Dead Can Dance, off their 1988 album titled Aion, can be found in the words of the Spanish lyric poet, Luis de Góngora. Click here to read an article in Spanish on the poet’s influence on the band.
A fittingly appropriate song, as the wonderful Leonard Cohen left this mortal coil today. Rest in peace. You left a legacy that will stand the test of time, like Martin Codax or Josquin Des Prez.
Brazilian singer Vitor Ramil is a new name to me. His ouevre is amazing on its own, and I’ll be exploring it some time in the future, but what was most impressive was his setting of this poem by Jorge Luis Borges to music which matches the words wonderfully.
Bukhara Magazine is one of Iran’s literary treasure stores. The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews its editor, Ali Dehbashi.
There was no way I’d miss an opportunity to share a timely piece by The Man In Black.