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Just Like Honey by The Jesus and Mary Chain

1985. We’re in an echo chamber with a Scottish band called The Jesus and Mary Chain. Life is good. Or, we’re watching the melancholy ending to Lost in Translation, with two not so different people returning to their very different … Continue reading

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“Time Does Not Bring Relief; You All Have Lied” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

If life wasn’t built on lies there might not be much of a world at all. “Life must go on; I forget just why.” Millay. More of her here (internal link) By Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950) Time … Continue reading

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Excerpts from The Man with the Blue Guitar by Wallace Stevens

Previously, I looked at some amazing Wallace Stevens quotes in this post (internal link). Here, Stevens is more fully presented in these excerpts selected by the University of Penn. (external link). They said, “You have a blue guitar, You do … Continue reading

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Musings by William Barnes

I’m watching Star Trek: Picard on the Paramount+ Channel or whatever the marketing boys call it. The theme for this season revolves around how we as a race are always imprisoned in the past. F. Scott Fitzgerald most famously caught … Continue reading

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Sonnet / To the South Downs by Charlotte Smith

Another strong poet from when women were kept weak, Charlotte Smith had a childhood as turbulent as the landscape she describes here is pacific. She said she became a legal prostitute at 15 because she was wed off to a … Continue reading

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From An Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope

I’ve looked briefly at Pope before (internal link). Here, Pope addresses the critics of his days, people who did not pen anything of quality themselves but felt free to judge their betters. We might call these trolls today but at … Continue reading

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Simon the Cyrenian Speaks by Countee Cullen

Countee Cullen was a noted poet from New York. John Fredrick Nims relates, “As Christ was being led to the crucifixion, ‘they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.’” Cyrene was an … Continue reading

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You Foolish Men by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

The brilliant and courageous Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (internal link) pioneers ground Elizabeth Barett Browning (internal link) would later cover in her own way. Dictionary.com says that ‘Thais’ was an “Athenian courtesan: mistress of Alexander the Great and Ptolemy … Continue reading

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Lord Walter’s Wife by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

To quote Thackery, “unlawful passion, felt by a man for a woman.” True, but incomplete. More like a lecture by a woman. An admonishment to a man on his duplicitous behavior and judgment when a woman expresses passion towards him. … Continue reading

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An Appeal to Cats in the Business of Love by Thomas Flatman

Flatman was a lawyer, poet, and painter. He excelled at creating miniature paintings, or simply miniatures, which is a thing. Grimilkain in this poem means an old female cat. The poet admires a cat’s nature to love and leave. Society … Continue reading

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