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Blog entries on '30 March 2006'

Thursday 30 March 2006

3 Quarks for Koufax

The excellent - and widely praised - 3 Quarks Daily has made in to the top ten finalists in the prestigious Koufax Awards. 3 Quarks Daily say:

If you haven't done so already, we would very much appreciate it if you would consider taking just a few moments to send an email to and put the word "Koufax" in the subject line. The body of the email should be: "I vote for 3 Quarks Daily for both Best Group Blog AND Blog Most Deserving of Wider Attention."

3 Quarks Daily hopes "to present interesting items from around the web on a daily basis, in the areas of science, design, literature, current affairs, art, and anything else we deem inherently fascinating." For a "filter blog" I sometimes wish they'd filter just a little more! I only need them to bring to my attention three or four things before I start to wonder if they are helping me fight information overload or merely adding to it. But, for all that, I'm a fan. (Oh, and there was a nice piece by Australian poet Peter Nicholson on The Sydney Opera House a couple of weeks back that I should have mentioned.)

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Thursday 30 March 2006

Poetry magazine

The US-based Poetry magazine was founded by Harriet Monroe in 1912 when "American poetry remained stuck in the twilight of the nineteenth century and an exhausted Romanticism inherited from England." Poetry is still going strong, not least because of a considerable bequest, worth more than one hundred million dollars, from the pharmaceutical heiress Ruth Lilly to the Poetry Foundation (Poetry's parent body) and is currently edited by Christian Wiman (who a couple of years ago made some controversial— and by that I mean wrong-headed — comments about Wallace Stevens). Why all this? Yesterday, I mentioned that I've set up an exclusive subscription deal for RSB readers to PN Review. Well, you lucky things, a similarly great deal for RSB readers will soon be offered by Poetry magazine. You'll have full details in about a week.

Posted by Mark Thwaite
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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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