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Remembering Michael Duffet. (Again.)

Some bot at Legacy.com is asking people to go back to guest books they have signed in the past. Perhaps add a little more. So I did. Michael was a challenging man; he did let you escape back into the … Continue reading

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Got Milk?

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And This is How You Get a Nobel Prize

Idiot Wind by Bob Dylan Selected lyrics: Someone’s got it in for me They’re planting stories in the press Whoever it is I wish they’d cut it out quick But when they will I can only guess They say I … Continue reading

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Rhodesia Repost from Last Year

This needs to be said again. And again. Before free speech and accurate histories are regarded as only important to white racists. Updated September 22, 2021 As Long As a Free Man Breathes There Will Always Be a Rhodesia When … Continue reading

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The Most Famous Chinese Poem

Introduction I read that this is the most famous Chinese Poem. Four lines. That’s it. That’s economy. I don’t know Chinese so I must rely on translations. Do any of these translations appeal to you more than another? I like … Continue reading

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A. E. Housman Noting the Difference

Everybody thinks they are smarter than they are. You, me, everybody. Everybody thinks they are smarter than they are. Politicians also think they are smarter than they are. The difference between us and them is that they constantly seek to … Continue reading

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Not Marble nor the Gilded Monuments by William Shakespeare

Took another look at Shakespeare’s sonnets. (internal link) Number 55 is very good, outlining the hope of all poets to live beyond the grave. Maxwell Nurnberg (A Gathering of Poems, Washington Square Press, 1969) says that the first two lines … Continue reading

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The Master Singers of Japan by Clara Walsh

What is Japanese poetry translated into English? A true translation? Or an imitation? With Japanese poetry we need to convert words and structure. Or do we? If so, to what degree? Kenneth’s Rexroth’s translations of Chinese and Japanese poetry appeals … Continue reading

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Kulfi the Fat Cat

Kulfi the Fat Cat We could all use a happily ever after story. Even if it involves fat shaming a heavy gato.:-) ————– Provided to YouTube by The-Source Kulfi the Fat Cat · Ghizela Rowe · Kim Maerkl · Kim … Continue reading

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The Singsong of Old Man Kangaroo

The Singsong of Old Man Kangaroo by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) I think of Kipling (internal link — one of several) as a master of putting down difficult dialects on a page, similarly skilled as Mark Twain. The confidence and style … Continue reading

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