Still Monday, More Poetry

Can self just say how much she loves Eunoia Review?

She’s been a follower for years; they never disappoint.

Here’s what’s current on their site today, the 2nd Monday of December 2014:

It’s a risk, these clouds . . .

by Simon Perchik

It’s a risk, these clouds
gathered in the open, grow huge
take on the shape they need

though once inside this jar
escape is impossible
— you collect a cloud whose mist

no one studies anymore, comes
from a time rain was not yet the rain
pressing against your forehead

Read the rest of Perchik’s poem here.

Simon Perchik is “an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Monday Pile of Stuff: New York Review of Books, Dec. 13, 2013

The Pile of Stuff is mythic: it contains missives from — who knows — years back.

This morning, the first thing self pulls out of it is a New York Review of Books from Dec. 19, 2013.

Self adores poetry in translation, here’s one on NYRB p. 34, a Charles Simic translation of Radmila Lazic’s Psalm of Despair (Following is the opening verse):

PSALM OF DESPAIR

by Radmila Lazic

I dwell in a land of despair
In the city of despair
Among desperate people
Myself desperate
I embrace my desperate lover
With desperate hands
Whispering desperate words
Kissing him with desperate lips

And here are a few of the books reviewed in the issue:

Levels of Life, by Julian Barnes (Knopf, $22.95) — “It is, not surprisingly, a marvel of flickering Barnesian leitmotifs . . . ” (Reviewer Cathleen Schine)

American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, by Deborah Solomon (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28)

Undisputed Truth, by Mike Tyson with Larry Sloman (Blue Rider, $30)

My Lunches with Orson: Conversations between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles, edited and with an introduction by Peter Biskind (Metropolitan, $28)

Orson Welles in Italy, by Alberto Anile, translated from the Italian by Marcus Perryman (Indiana University Press, $35)

This is Orson Welles: Conversations between Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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