Month: January 2007

  • Li Bai drinking alone (with the moon, his shadow, & 43 translators)

    The Tang poet Li Bai–a.k.a. Li Po, Li Bo and the Poet Immortal–left us over 1,000 poems. Besides these, he is also known by the way it is said he died. He supposedly drowned drunk, trying to embrace the moon’s reflection in the Yangtze River. Below are 41 English translations (from 43 translators (and counting)) […]

  • Turning the pages of William Blake’s notebook online.

        Click on William Blake’s notebook above, and visit The British Library’s Sir John Ritblat Gallery. The site is called Turning the Pages™ and uses the Shockwave plug-in to fabulous effect. Once there, you will have the experience of turning the pages of Blake’s notebook, wherein you will find such things as sketches, and […]

  • Amnesty International: Well-known satirist Sakit Zahidov imprisoned following an unfair trial with questionable evidence

                            from: Amnesty International USA: Azerbaijan: Appeal Cases 24 January 2007; AI Index: EUR 55/002/2007 (Public)         Well-known satirist Sakit Zahidov imprisoned following an unfair trial with questionable evidence Sakit Zahidov, a well-known journalist in Azerbaijan, was sentenced to three years’ […]

  • Sir Francis Bacon on Poetry

            Sir Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, (1561-1626), is known both as the father of inductive reasoning through his Baconian method of scientific observation, and for introducing the essay to the English language. Below are snippets from his essays, through which he gives us his thoughts on poetry.     _____ […]

  • Misplaced Leisure Water: The Displaced Function of Poetry

            In a Books Inq. blog post from yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s books editor, Frank Wilson, linked to this item in Poetry Magazine: Does Poetry Have a Social Function? Here is some of what he wrote: On New Year’s Eve, one of our dinner guests, a beautiful Chinese woman, read several classical […]

  • from Poem a Day: "New Year Snow" by Frances Horovitz

    For Christmas, I received two super poetry books, not yet in my library. My sister gave me one with the poem below, “New Year Snow” by Frances Horovitz. It is the poem for January 1st in: Poem A Day, Volume 3: 366 poems, old and new–one for each day of the year. The book is […]