Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Quel enthousiasme d'une ombre pour un fantôme

P. Valery


 The man with the red hat 
And the polar bear, is he here too? 
The window giving on shade, 
Is that here too? 
And all the little helps, 
My initials in the sky, 
The hay of an arctic summer night? 

The bear
Drops dead in sight of the window.
Lovely tribes have just moved to the north.
In the flickering evening the martins grow denser.
Rivers of wings surround us and vast tribulation. 

John Ashbery 

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

melancholic solid


“hold,” in Hamlet’s words, “a mirror up to nature.”


Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Stone walls and chains do not make a prison