Spiral Xmas

Topanga, CA….

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Awesome Quote

“There is no love that is not an echo.”

Theodor Adorno

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In Loving Memory

You are missed, Paul Squires. A beautiful light has passed over the event horizon. I toast you with my coffee cup.

Love you

http://gingatao.com/2008/04/21/sweetly-put/

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Poem by Norman Dubie

Aside from being one of America’s greatest living poets, he is also an incredible human being, and I am lucky to be his student. Here is Norman Dubie reading one of his latest poems (also published in the latest edition of The American Poetry Review):

Norman Dubie reading “In These Streets with the Binary Trees–elegy for Neda Agha-Soltan” from ASU English on Vimeo.

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Discovering Sappho

Sappho is one of the first female writers known to the humankind, born somewhere around 612 BC, from the Greek island of Lesbos (ever think of where the word Lesbian is derived from?).

Here is a beautiful translation by Willis Barnstone of one of her poems I read today and had to share,

To Aphrodite of the Flowers, at Knossos

Leave Crete and come to this holy temple
where the pleasant grove of apple trees
circles an altar smoking with frank-
incense.

Here roses leave shadow on the ground
and cold springs babble through apple branches
where shuddering leaves pour down pro-
found sleep

In our meadow where horses graze
and wild flowers of spring blossom,
anise shoots fill the air with a-
roma.

And here, Queen Aphrodite, pour
heavenly nectar into golden cups
and fill them gracefully with sud-
den joy

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poof…

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