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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.


Bring down the temple
by the yearning of your knees


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


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

  • What's more embarrassing: that I'm eating gluten free rice crackers for a snack or that I'm even asking this? 1 month ago
  • Youngest son's soccer team kicks more goals than the other team. Still loses. 1 month ago
  • Hey buddy, nice purse. Yeah I know it's a baby bjorn & that you're an amazing dad, but the thing is you'll never catch me in that thing. 1 month ago
  • To forestall my midlife crisis, my wife is allowing me to put a racers stripe on the mini van. 1 month ago
  • I don't care if you think I'm crude & sexist, if I see you with two large coffee mugs and you're my wife I'm going to say, "Hey, nice mugs." 1 month ago

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