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Lines from Gottfried Benn:

A woman is something with a smell.
Ineffable! To die for! Mignonette.
Shepherd, sea, and South.
On every declivity a bliss.

and

Bring down the temple
by the yearning of your knees

and

Spill, spread, unpetal, bleed
your soft flowers through great wounds.

and

when my little prince
pokes his chubby little legs through the bars of his cot
it melts my heart

and the autumnal poem, full of slow glories, Left the House

The second part of Geoffrey Brock’s Alteration Finds (Defaced, After Rilke), reworking the Rilke poem Archaic Torso of Apollo, is quite fine.

Two lines from Eugene Dubnov’s poem Lips:

Yesterday I was mastering words
And kissing lips lightly

Music Box : Jorge Luis Borges

A line from Antonio Porchia’s Voices: “Man is a thing children learn. A childish thing.”

I’m really excited for SAID’s book of Psalms (translated by Mark Burrow). There’s a lot of mystery in the selection here, particularly the third and fourth psalm.

A little treasure from Marina Tsvetaeva : “I am happy living simple”

Paul Claudel’s The Day of Gifts is one of the most remarkable poems I’ve read this year. I’ve already earmarked it for my end of the year list.

Follow me on the Twittah

  • As I sat on the toilet I was attacked by a wasp. It was scary, but killing him really sped things up. 8 hours ago
  • Not to brag, but one time I lost very respectably to a chess grandmaster and didn't make fun of how nerdy he was for many seconds. 2 days ago
  • When will Science tell me that white bread is healthy than that gross grainy stuff? I really want to look down on you people. 2 days ago
  • Ugh. I hate how sexist Harassment is. For the sake of equality I demand that the word when applied to men becomes Hisassment. 3 days ago
  • MY WIFE READS MY TWEETS FOR BIOGRAPHICAL MISTAKES AND IT FEELS LIKE SHE'S FLIRTING IS SHE FLIRTING I THINK SHE'S FLIRTING OH MY HEART IS BEA 4 days ago

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