New Letters Editor Robert Stewart, Vol. 82 No. 1

In Stewart’s prefatory essay to New Letters Issue 82.1, “Peace,” self was struck by this paragraph:

I still believe that New Letters, a journal of writing and art, cannot isolate itself from global events; but I am not inclined simply to repeat the same issuances of grief. The song says, “Let there be peace on earth/ and let it begin with me.” Yes, I was raised to embrace peace, to turn the other cheek, but such a gentle manner doesn’t always take with me. After the November 2015 massacres in Paris, I had the ridiculous wish that I could re-enlist — just go get ’em. Ridiculous.

“If we have no peace,” wrote Mother Teresa in a prayer reflection, “it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Transtromer: The Great Enigma

How self adores poetry.

Regular readers of this blog know this.

In 2014, when she was in Los Angeles with Angela Narciso Torres, Angela and she went to a bookstore in Venice Beach called A Small World.

Self found a book by Tomas Transtromer, a Swedish poet.

And that book is here with self in Mendocino.

Here’s a poem from that book (That title is so gorgeous)

The Man Who Awoke With Singing Over the Roofs

Morning. May rain. The city is still quiet.
as a mountain hamlet. The streets quiet. And in
the sky a bluish-green aero-engine rumbles —
The window is open.

The dream where the sleeper is lying prostrate
turns transparent. He stirs, begins
groping for attention’s instruments —
almost in space.

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