Category Archives: Poetry

Japanese and Chinese Poetry Brought Alive by Kenneth Rexroth

Kenneth Rexroth was an unparalleled translater of Japanese and Chinese poetry. Even though I don’t speak either language, it is intuitively clear that Rexroth echoed the original poet in every way. From One Hundred Poems from the Japanese I sit … Continue reading

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The Song of Roland

I love translations that make me feel I am reading what a native speaker is reading. Kenneth Rexroth did for me with 100 Poems from the Chinese, 100 Poems from the Japanese, and other collections. Schoken did a tremendous job publishing Kafka. Their books … Continue reading

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A Poetry Indulgence about A Good Cat Gone

Back in the mid-1990s I adopted, sight unseen, a large black cat named Montel. At the time, that was the name, too, for a popular African-American television talk show host. Who would name a cat Montel? Some things are inexplicable. … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Madman

If prose is the meal, poetry is the dessert. Nietzche’s writing might not be true poetry but it is poetical. I read and I am in awe. Parable of the Madman THE MADMAN—-Have you not heard of that madman who … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature. (external link) The New York Times cogently framed the debate: do song lyrics have the same artistic value as poetry or novels? They do, especially when you consider Dylan’s gripping delivery and often … Continue reading

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My 200th Post- Celebrating With Poetry

  To celebrate my 200th post I am foregoing writing duties and bringing in someone else to entertain you. This is Kipling’s “The Explorer.” Long and brilliant and a gift from God. The Explorer — 1898 There’s no sense in going … Continue reading

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