Monthly Archives: May 2015

an unfinished dream

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she was the soft summer kiss,
a frisk of a butterfly breath on my weathered lips;
an evening breeze,
scented wine and tease.

her eyes were a journey,
a moth, flying in silence
towards the end of the tunnel
a dream that I didn’t finish watching.

I woke her up, tickling her with my beard.

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Young raptor spreading his [her?] wings

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If there’s one maxim in photographing wild critters, it’s this: You never have the right the lens for that exceptional shot. esnl was loaded up with his long lens when he went out looking for raptors this afternoon, and some nice shots resulted, especially of this young bird flexing his gorgeous plumage.

Here’s another with the young raptor engaged in a tail feather display. One thing that struck esnl was the role of the tail feathers as a sexual signaling device, forming rings like a target directed at what Victorians once called “the organs of generation.”

Then there’s the photo he didn’t get. A few seconds later, both parents and the second sibling arrived amidst a great deal of clamor and all four took wing — the first time the whole brood has been aloft at once — but that required a shorter lens, so, alas, you’ll just have to…

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Finding My Elegy, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Blogging for a Good Book

leguinIt is always interesting when you discover that an author you enjoy for one type of writing also writes in other forms. For many fiction writers, this second form seems to be poetry. Wendell Berry and John Updike, though better known for fiction, are fine poets, and I was pleased to discover while browsing the new books here that Ursula K. Le Guin, whose fiction has been a favorite of mine for years, is also an eloquent poet who has been writing poems for over 50 years. This collection brings together some of Le Guin’s best poetry from 1960-2010.

Like her prose, Le Guin’s poetry is carefully made and reflects a joy in words and ideas. Her poems are precise and crystalline, and there does not seem to be a word used that was not carefully chosen and thoughtfully placed. Le Guin writes equally well about nature (“Wild Oats and…

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On Dover Beach

The Chrysalis

Lately I’ve found myself drawn repeatedly to Matthew Arnold’s famous poem “Dover Beach“, which is one of the great poems of English literature. It is difficult for me to read this poem, because it is full of the despair of existence, and it anticipates Nietzsche’s announcement of the death of God by two decades, at least. In that sense, it expresses something quintessential about the modern mood, which is already traceable in the earlier poetry of John Donne (1572 – 1631) and William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) – the eclipse of the soul; the looming dark night of the soul. The death of God was already anticipated by Donne much earlier, in his great poem “An Anatomy of the World“.

“Dover Beach”, it seems to me, stands somewhere between Donne’s “Anatomy of the World” and Nietzsche’s final pronouncement of the “death of God”. It expresses the…

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And now for something completely different

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Call ‘em snow cats, by which we don’t mean those tracked vehicles favored by arctic rescue teams.

Whilst yesterday’s entry feature a snow-bound New Brunswick resident trying to get out of his drift-encased home, today’s entry features four-footed Canadians with an even more urgent reason to escape domestic confines.

First, from CBC News, network employee Mitch Cormier, a resident of Prince Edward Island, captured his frustrated feline Mitty trying to escape the domestic confines:

Cat Vs Drift

Program note:

Kitty has cabin fever!

And then there’s this earlier video, posted two weeks ago and racking up more than three million hits in the interim:

Rudiger only kind of loves the snow

As CBC News reported:

A cat from New Brunswick has become an internet celebrity after video of the animal trying to dig out after a snowstorm went viral.

Jamie Gilfoy said he only expected to get 30 or…

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