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A poet’s anguish vibrates through time

A view of Naples from the bay, April 27, 2019. In 1820, the British poet spent 10 days quarantined in the Bay of Naples as typhus raged, an enforced stillness mirrored by our own. Susan Wright/The New York Times.

by Frances Mayes

Source: A poet’s anguish vibrates through time

Winter Fly – March 28, 2020

cherry sapling
pavements and peeling brick
blushed in early light

Source: Winter Fly

Words for Departure by Louise Bogan – Poems | Academy of American Poets

Words for Departure

Louise Bogan – 1897-1970

 

Nothing was remembered, nothing forgotten.
When we awoke, wagons were passing on the warm summer pavements,
The window-sills were wet from rain in the night,
Birds scattered and settled over chimneypots
As among grotesque trees.

Nothing was accepted, nothing looked beyond.
Slight-voiced bells separated hour from hour,
The afternoon sifted coolness
And people drew together in streets becoming deserted.
There was a moon, and light in a shop-front,
And dusk falling like precipitous water.

Hand clasped hand,
Forehead still bowed to forehead—
Nothing was lost, nothing possessed,
There was no gift nor denial.

2.
I have remembered you.
You were not the town visited once,
Nor the road falling behind running feet.

You were as awkward as flesh
And lighter than frost or ashes.

You were the rind,
And the white-juiced apple,
The song, and the words waiting for music.

3.
You have learned the beginning;
Go from mine to the other.

Be together; eat, dance, despair,
Sleep, be threatened, endure.
You will know the way of that.

But at the end, be insolent;
Be absurd—strike the thing short off;
Be mad—only do not let talk
Wear the bloom from silence.

And go away without fire or lantern.
Let there be some uncertainty about your departure.

Source: Words for Departure by Louise Bogan – Poems | Academy of American Poets

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Larry Kramer, AIDS Warrior, Takes on Another Plague – The New York Times

Art Critic Jerry Saltz On His New Book ‘How To Be An Artist’ : NPR

NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with New York Times Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz about his new book “How to be an Artist.”

Source: Art Critic Jerry Saltz On His New Book ‘How To Be An Artist’ : NPR

As Coronavirus Crisis Unfolds, Sanders Sees a Moment That Matches His Ideas – The New York Times