Self Grabs a Book, Opens it to a Random Page

Here’s what she finds on p. 58 of Edwin A. Lozada’s Sueños Anonimos (Anonymous Dreams):  two lovely poems  (The Spanish versions are on the facing page; don’t have time to type them in!)

Sleeping Beauty

What could you
be thinking?
What could you
be dreaming?
What might your suspended soul
be hiding?
What could your transitory skin
be feeling?

* * * * *

mother said

Don’t forget,
my mother said,
although you may not want
things to change, they will.
One day you’ll lose something
but in return you’ll gain
what you never before
would have imagined.

Son, if today
things do not go well,
don’t despair,
nothing is eternal,
and you’ll discover
something that will help you
perhaps tomorrow
or another day.

Author bio:  Edwin Agustin Lozada was born in the Philippines and grew up in California.  Inspired by the nineteenth century Philippine writers, he primarily writes in Spanish to help maintain a now rare tradition of literature in Spanish by Filipinos.  He presently lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Aldous Huxley, 1937

“Nations and groups of nations act through their armed forces, which can only act with the maximum of imprecision, killing, maiming, starving and ruining millions of human beings, the overwhelming majority of whom have committed no crime of any sort.”

(Quote found on p. 75 of Nicholson Baker’s eccentric — but exceedingly compelling — account of the roots of World War II, Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization)

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