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Blog entries on '31 March 2006'

Friday 31 March 2006

There is nobody like Pessoa

Published on Tuesday, but only in the US for now, is A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe (not that that means you can't buy it very easily from anywhere!) This is the "largest and richest volume of poetry by [Fernando] Pessoa available in English, featuring poems never before translated alongside many originally composed in English." The poems are translated by the unlikely-named Pessoa expert Richard Zenith (translator of the wonderful, eccentric and baggy The Book of Disquiet and who edited and translated The Education of the Stoic: The Only Manuscript of the Baron of Teive). Zenith provides a useful introduction and notes and good information on Pessoa's "heteronyms". "There is nobody like Pessoa" is something WS Merwin once said, by the way. But, you now, I could've said that!

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Friday 31 March 2006

Friday fare

Stupidly busy today with all sorts of nonsense, but when I had a moment earlier I noted:


  • Ismo, at Splinters, bringing our attention to Alasdair Gray's blog (Ismo himself has a very decent blog over at Oblique Screenwriting Strategies)
  • C L R James - The Black Jacobins
  • Amongst Angels, Or John McGahern Dies (there are lots more McGahern links over at TEV)
  • Chandrahas Choudhury on Yashodhara Dalmia's Amrita Sher-Gil: A Life

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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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