Poems From the London Underground

Because of the upcoming London Olympics, there is a veritable extravaganza of art and cultural events happening all over the United Kingdom this summer.

Because this is Britain, a lot of the activities revolve around literary themes.  Such as the collection, World Poems on the Underground, free copies of which are everywhere:  libraries, bookstores, what-have-you.

The poems are written by poets from “forty-four different countries,” many of whom “settled in London, drawn by its long tradition of welcoming the wider diaspora from every country of the world.”  The poems “have all been displayed on the London Underground.”  (Wow, can you imagine such a thing happening in New York???  That would be sooo fab!)

Here’s a poem, “Almost without Noticing,” written by the Finnish poet Eira Stenberg and translated by Herbert Lomas:

Almost without Noticing

Almost without noticing,
without thinking, it seems,
you’ve arrived where you see far.
Thirty years back, more, the path vanishes,
thirty years ahead, more, the path vanishes:
you’re forced to sit down in the shade
and think.
mother of truth and myth,
tell how the terrain divided the stream.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Rain, Edinburgh

Self loves the city, even in the rain.

Her one disappointment is that, in all her peregrinations around Edinburgh, she has never managed to bump into Alexander McCall Smith.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Still Reading Scotland’s Bookshelf

Windy.  Stormy.  Occasional hailstones.

Bus # 49 did not stop but proceeded to the regular stop, down the road.

Four writers, madly running.

Self the last, of course.

Nevertheless, made it.

Since a few days ago, no internet at the Castle.

Back to Bonnyrigg Library.

Plead with editors:  “I am on a residency!  I have no internet!  In fact, I can’t even listen to my voice mail messages!”

Answer, thus far:  resounding silence!

Oh well!

Still reading from Scotland’s Bookshelf.  Book of the day, Charles Cumming’s The Trinity Six, a novel about spies.

Cumming was born in 1971.  He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1994.  His author bio states:  “In the summe of 1995,  Charles was approached for recruitment by the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).”

The book begins with a quote from Harold McMillan (former British PM):

You know, you should never catch a spy.  Discover him and then control him, but never catch him.  A spy causes far more trouble when he’s caught.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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