Archive for January, 2015

Aretha Franklin – I Say A Little Prayer

O Little Root of a Dream by Paul Celan |

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O Little Root of a Dream

  by Paul Celan
translated by Heather McHugh and Nikolai Popov

O little root of a dream 
you hold me here 
undermined by blood, 
no longer visible to anyone, 
property of death.

Curve a face
that there may be speech, of earth, 
of ardor, of
things with eyes, even
here, where you read me blind,

where you 
refute me, 
to the letter.


O Little Root of a Dream by Paul Celan

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the snow
love’s memory,
nautilus   searose

~ for Christina

– Donna Fleischer
January 31, 2015

Winter Pond by Jang Seok-Nam

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I walk across a frozen pond.
Here is where the water-lilies were.
Under here was the black rock where the catfish would hide.
Occasionally a cracking sound as if it is splitting
as love grows deeper.

All the irises are bent over.
My shoulders, knees, feet, that all summer long I saw reflected, sitting on this rock, have frozen like the irises.
They too show no sign of having watched the reflection of something before this.
Although the fourteenth-day moon comes in its course, icily
all remain silent.

Suppose someone comes along,
loud steps treading on the pond,
and addresses me anxiously, saying:
“This is where I used to be.”
“This is where that star used to come.”

Jang Seok-Nam
(translated from Korean by Brother Anthony of Taize)

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Sam Amidon – Relief

Clear Music by Nico Muhly