Directors differ in their form of art,
From spoof to realistic history,
While casting actors for each part,
For drama, romance, comedy,
To craft a masterpiece or silly camp,
About a villain, saint or holy tramp.
Perfection yet to be attained,
With layers left to be unfurled,
Her soul is cleansed while still detained,
Within the timeless Netherworld.
This state between eternity
And time, however short or long,
Endures between ubiquity
And place to keep a ghostly throng.
Stephen Mitchell is a gifted translator, and his translation of Beowulf in verse is meticulous, lucid, musical, and most readable, but is a poor guide to its meaning.Read More
The Whitman Option is offered on behalf of those whose intellectual curiosity, aesthetic hunger, political participation, artistic creativity, and social activism is part of their daily bread.Read More
In these two hymn, readers will meet a poet who, though he may not be exactly easy, presents images of beauty and, in his own words, “terror” that are the very stuff of the Christian walk that Eliot himself began in 1927.Read More
Reading good poetry, Pearce writes, can prevent us from wasting time in activities such as watching television, noodling on the web, or indulging in social media. Such activities, he argues, can dull the mind and transform us into narcissistic, prideful, and self-centered persons.Read More
Beneath the fair Moon’s watch tonight,
Her mantle’s warmth enfolds my walks.
Still shivers from a chill not right,
Shrill malice from the shadow stalks.
Democratic Party leaders know who butters their toast. They create a lie, with the assistance of wealthy rebel millionaires like Kaepernick, that maintains a permanent class of angry and hostile poor of all ethnicities who never hear the truth about who truly is to blame for injustice and their situation in life.Read More
As early as the reign of King Alfred of Wessex, during the years 871-899, the Anglo-Saxons had begun to translate portions of the Bible from Latin into the vernacular. King Alfred, in fact, who had a personal devotion to praying the psalms, is thought to have translated the first fifty psalms himself.Read More