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Translations – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Translations – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Description, Dialogue, Prose, Writing

she might have described swimming in the lake as a child, or said that lakes reminded her of being a child, or asked me if I’d enjoyed swimming as a child, or said that what she’d said about the moon was childish.

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I Said Meaninglessly – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on I Said Meaninglessly – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Art, Dialogue, Elitism, Poetry, The Media

“The language of poetry is the exact opposite of the language of mass media,” I said, meaninglessly.

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Less a Particular Poem than the Echo of Poetic Possibility – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on Less a Particular Poem than the Echo of Poetic Possibility – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Criticism, Culture, Poetry

Although I claimed to be a poet, although my supposed talent as a writer had earned me my fellowship in Spain, I tended to find lines of poetry beautiful only when I encountered them quoted in prose, in the essays my professors had assigned in college, where the line breaks were replaced with slashes, so […]

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Ataturk’s Message to Australia – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk’s Message to Australia – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Anzac, History, Humanism, Philosophy, War, WW1

In 1934 Atatürk learned that a ship carrying relatives of fallen Allied soldiers had docked near Gallipoli and that its passengers were mounting at the site. He sent them a moving message that is now chiseled, in English translation, into a memorial stone there. “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives,” he […]

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“If This Is a Man” – Primo Levi

May 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on “If This Is a Man” – Primo Levi · Genocide, Humanism, Poetry, WW2

If This Is a Man You who live safe In your warm houses, You who find, returning in the evening, Hot food and friendly faces: Consider if this is a man Who works in the mud, Who does not know peace, Who fights for a scrap of bread, Who dies because of a yes or […]

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The Charge of the Light Brigade – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on The Charge of the Light Brigade – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins · Colonialism, Culture, History, Poetry, War, WW1

Quoting Tennyson’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ ‘Forward the Light Brigade! ’ Was there a man dismayed? Not though the soldiers knew Some one had blundered: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.

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Out of Ireland – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Out of Ireland – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Extremism, Poetry

Out of Ireland we have come, Great hatred, little room, Maimed us at the start. I carry from my mother’s womb A fanatic heart. W. B. YEATS, REMORSE FOR INTEMPERATE SPEECH

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We Cry in the Dark Like Children – “Goodbye Jerusalem: Night Thoughts of a Labor Outsider” – Bob Ellis

September 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on We Cry in the Dark Like Children – “Goodbye Jerusalem: Night Thoughts of a Labor Outsider” – Bob Ellis · Australian Labor Party, Culture, Poetry, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes

And we cry in the dark like children for Jerusalems lost and it seems for a time that the night is without end. Till time brings change. Till time brings change. And so it goes.

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This is the Way the World Ends – “On The Beach” – Nevil Shute 

April 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on This is the Way the World Ends – “On The Beach” – Nevil Shute  · Humanism, Nuclear Weapons, Poetry

In this last of meeting places We grope together And avoid speech Gathered on this beach of the tumid river… This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper. —T. S. Eliot

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“Keats” – John Keats

November 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on “Keats” – John Keats · Love, Poetry, Uncategorized

Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art— Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night, And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like Nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priest-like task Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores, Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask Of snow upon the mountains and […]

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