ELSEWHERE Issue 3 Coming Soon!

And self has a story in it.

Triple somersault! Lubots up!

Her story is a short short called “The Lady of the House Trains Esperanza.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Descent 4: Various Cities, 2014

Various Descents: Chicago, Dublin, Seattle

Plane landing, somewhere just outside Chicago:  October 2014

Plane landing, somewhere just outside Chicago: October 2014

Sign in the Irish National Gallery, Dublin:  June 2014

Sign in the Irish National Gallery, Dublin: June 2014

Downtown Seattle, During the AWP Conference:  February 2014

Downtown Seattle, During the AWP Conference: February 2014

Descent 3: All Sorts of Things in Venice Beach, California

There are all sorts of inspiring photographs on the WordPress Photo Challenge, DESCENT, this week.

There are cliffs. There are winding stairs. There are shots of the London Underground.

Self is currently soaking up the sun in Venice Beach, California, so that’s where all these pictures were taken.

It is such bliss to be on a beach. In November.

Loft, Venice Beach, CA:  November 2014

Loft, Venice Beach, CA: November 2014

What did this woman think she was doing, taking a picture from the middle of a busy street in Venice, California?

What did this woman think she was doing, taking a picture from the middle of a busy street in Venice Beach, California?

The Lobby of Self's Wee Hotel in Venice Beach

Geometric in Venice Beach:  The Lobby of Self’s Wee Hotel

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Reading Neruda in Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach:  Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Venice Beach: Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Dazzle of Day

Enough now of the wet eyes of winter.
Not another single tear.
Hour by hour now, green is beginning,
the essential season, leaf by leaf,
until, in spring’s name, we are summoned
to take part in its joy.

How wonderful, its eternal openness,
clean air, the promise of flower,
the full moon leaving
its calling card in the foliage,
men and women trailing from the beach
with a wet basket
of shifting silver.

— Pablo Neruda, an excerpt from a poem in Intimacies: Poems of Love, translated by Alastair Reid

In the original Spanish:

Deslumbra el dia

Nada para los ojos del invierno
ni una lagrima mas
hora por hora se arma verde
la estacion esencial, hoja por hoja,
hasta que con su nombre nos llamaron
para participar de la alegria.

Que bueno es el eterno para todos,
el aire limpio, la promesa flor:
la luna llena deja
su carta en el follaje:
hombre y mujer vuelven del mar
con un cesto mojado
de plata en movimiento.

My newest purchase: a translation of Pablo Neruda's INTIMACIES: POEMS OF LOVE

Self’s newest purchase: a translation of Pablo Neruda’s INTIMACIES: POEMS OF LOVE

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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