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Irina Ratushinskaya, Soviet Dissident and Writer, Dies at 63 (4 March 1954, Odessa – 5 July 2017, Moscow)

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Poems Ms. Ratushinskaya wrote on cigarette papers in prison.
Credit Marianne Barcellona/The LIFE Images Collection, via Getty Images

And I will tell of the first beauty I saw in captivity.
A frost-covered window! No spy-holes, nor walls,
Nor cell-bars, nor the long endured pain —
Only a blue radiance on a tiny pane of glass.Irina Ratushinskayafrom one of the soap poemsIrina Ratushinskaya

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John Berger on Rembrandt

On Alejandra Pizarnik’s poetry – The Volatile I by Johannes Göransson | Boston Review

THE HEART OF WHAT DOES EXIST

do not hand me over,

oh saddest of midnights,

to the impure whiteness of noon.

– Alejandra Pizarnik
from Works and Nights (1965)

LOVERS

a flower

not far from the night

my mute body

opens

to the dew and its fragile urgency

– Alejandra Pizarnik
from Works and Nights (1965)

 

VERTIGO, OR A CONTEMPLATION
OF THINGS THAT COME TO AN END

This lilac unlaces.

It falls from itself

and hides its ancient shadow.

I will die of such things.

– Alejandra Pizarnik
from Extracting the Stone of Madness (1968)

 

DEAF LANTERN

The absent figures are sighing and the night is thick. The night is

the color of the eyelids of the dead.

All night long I make the night. All night long I write. Word by word

I am writing the night.

– Alejandra Pizarnik
from Extracting the Stone of Madness (1968)

Translations by Yvette Siegert

In ecstatic states, it may not be clear whether we are in paradise or hell, whether the song is happy or sad. This is the experience Pizarnik describes even as she propels herself into its drunkenness, creating a saturated atmosphere that is, as Negroni puts it, the “antidote to transcendence.” Or it might be a kind of anti-transcendence, found precisely in the negation of transcendence, the refusal to elevate poetry into “concept.” Her poetry feels like a constant, intensive refusal that generates its own Gothic beauty and black light: “imminence without a recipient. I see the melody.”

Alejandra Pizarnik’s poetry finally gets the English translation it deserves.

Source: The Volatile I | Boston Review

~ to share with Marina

 

 

Zeitgeist Spam: I hven’t been making poetry and this is why

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Edith Windsor, Gay Marriage Icon and Activist, Dies at 88 | Vanity Fair

Edie Windsor joining Mayor de Blasio at Stonewall Tavern for its formal recognition as a National Monument in 2016.
By Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images.

Her victory at the Supreme Court in 2013 paved the way for legalized gay marriage across the country.

Source: Edith Windsor, Gay Marriage Icon and Activist, Dies at 88 | Vanity Fair

Bruno Bettelheim, “Freud and Man’s Soul” – Rethink.

I could say more about the book, but for those of you who also grapple with the question of the character of political philosophy, you can see how psychoanalysis, or something like it, begins to open a most necessary inquiry. Something about way political philosophy inspired by Leo Strauss is conducted nowadays stays deliberately blind to the educative process. It’s strange how one can detail a number of techniques used by the greatest authors, gain a number of insights, and have nothing to say about who people actually are.

Source: Bruno Bettelheim, “Freud and Man’s Soul” – Rethink.

REVOLUTIONARY LETTERS: May 1968-December 1971 – Diane di Prima

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Revolutionary Letters – di Prima – 3rd edition March 1974_City Lights Books_San Francisco