Thanks to my friend John who posted this gem celebrating the birthday of America’s most macabre poet, given the cinematic treatment by Tim Burton, equally freaky. And here is The Raven, in full: Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore — […]
You may have noticed a severe dearth if posts here at AMOT… That’s because I moved to China to do a bit of work. Since I’m here, I thought I’d raid the local bookstore, translator in hand, and see if I could find something that would inspire me to finally learn Chinese. Here is the […]
Jorge Luis Borges in prime form: In the fifth century of the Prophet’s age, Persia gazed down from her minarets on the invasion of the desert lances, and Attar of Nishapur glimpsed a rose, addressing it in voiceless words such as one thinks but does not pray: Your shadowy sphere is in my hands. Time […]
via “Ebb” — Edna St. Vincent Millay — Biblioklept A work my the American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.
The incredibly prolific Jeff Gburek, currently based in Poland and partnering with violinist Karolina Ossowska, put together their latest labor of love, and though I don’t normally engage in Top-Ten lists for year’s end, I think it fair to say that this release is his most beautifully crafted, most thoughtful and profound releases. The album […]
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.