Monthly Archives: June 2012

THE GREAT GATSBY FRAGMENT

Last night, for no obvious reason, these words popped into my head: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” They appeared in my mind suddenly, completely without context, and at first I could … Continue reading

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AH, SUNFLOWER! WEARY OF TIME….

Midsummer’s Day — The Summer Solstice — “Summer Sunstead” — the longest day of the year. Today I will briefly (it does not take more than that) discuss a poem by the visionary British poet William Blake: Ah, Sunflower! weary … Continue reading

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BEYOND BELIEF

The problem with religion — any religion — is not in whatever spirituality, if any, it might contain; the problem is dogma. Look for the root of any religious controversy, or of religious controversy that has escalated into violence, and … Continue reading

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A LEAKY ROOF

A pleasant spring hokku by Bashō: Spring rain; A roof leak trickles Down the wasps’ nest.  This reminds me of Blyth’s remark that to write hokku one should live in a house which either has a leaky roof or one with … Continue reading

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