Monthly Archives: July 2010

These were, in the end, a triptych

1. How to imagine the sharp smells she breathed salt spray, and ox dung, pine waft from the hills, the bitter richness of the leaves men wreathed about her head, the coarse crumbed bread that fills her stomach, sweet and … Continue reading

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Firefox and sounds

The audio on sites like Youtube and iPlayer has disappeared today in both Firefox and Internet Explorer. Any suggestions? Later Now it seems to be fixed. Firefox finally let me get to the Adobe site after I turned plugs on … Continue reading

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Catullus 50

We were up late. Our keyboards nearly burned from all the jokes and bitching, even verse, My head hurt. It’s as if I somehow earned Pain you’d expect from wine from wit. The worse I feel, the better time I … Continue reading

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Don’t know where this came from

You pay your debts and then pass on again. Truth learned from others is your duty now. That is the joy of poets and the pain. You have to pass it on and don’t know how to make it yours, … Continue reading

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Just because I found something on Andrew Sullivan,,,

doesn’t mean that it is not truly awesome… I think I am in love.

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Catullus 11

Maybe the reason why it is so easy to take a lot of these and abridge them into sonnets is that the whole idea of the turn – the volta – in the last six lines is something that Renaissance … Continue reading

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Catullus 8

This is one of the poems of heartbreak and breakup over Lesbia – who is probably Clodia – before they get really unpleasant and mean. This is somewhere between a translation and a version because the original is a bit … Continue reading

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