Monthly Archives: January 2011

Rilke’s Orbits


Rilke’s poem I Live My Life is different from Neruda’s So is my Life. Yet both are poetic revelations of movement toward that which is different from humanity but in whose orbit humanity lives and dies. It seems as if … Continue reading

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Neruda’s Infinite


Pablo Neruda proclaims his poetic vision in a brief poem entitled So is my Life. He begins with the affirmation of the foundation of his poetry. “My duty moves along with my song: I am I am not: that is my … Continue reading

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Whitman’s Lilacs


I still have not uncovered the essential meaning of epitaph, and perhaps I may never be able to do so. My earlier meditation on the theme invited an exploration the relationship of epitaph to return. This seems to me to … Continue reading

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Octavio Paz’s Epitaphs


Recently I was reading Octavio Paz’s poem Return when my eyes lingered upon a line that continues to call for a level of reflection of which I do not consider myself capable. The line reads, “Poet: gardener of epitaphs.” I … Continue reading

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Gilgamesh’s Quest


I want to continue pursuing the theme of “journey” for another moment. The Epic of Gilgamesh is over 5,000 years old. It contains some things with which we are already acquainted, such as an earlier version of the Flood of … Continue reading

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Dorothy’s Dream – “The Epiphany of Our Lord” January 6, 2011


I was thinking of Dorothy and her friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion on their perilous journey to the mighty Wizard of Oz seeking to be changed. Dorothy simply wanted to return home. She said “No … Continue reading

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Blake’s Tyger


Blake’s Tyger is a mystery that continues to challenge me. It is often said that The Tyger is the counterpart of The Lamb. The Lamb wanders freely. The Tyger is encased in questions. The Tyger is fire, burning bright, eyes of fire, even … Continue reading

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