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steve commented on the word favonian
"Sunday. Heat ripple still with us; a most favonian week." Lolita Ch 11
December 31, 2012
steve commented on the word gurrituck
In his time, this one had little to speak of,
The softest word went gurrituck in his skull.
For him, the moon was always in Scandinavia
And his daughter was a foreign thing.
From Two at Norfolk by Wallace Stevens
July 14, 2011
steve commented on the word adastrium
from Baseball and Writing by Marianne Moore
it's work; I want you to bear down,
but enjoy it
while you're doing it."
Mr. Houk and Mr. Sain,
if you have a rummage sale,
don't sell Roland Sheldon or Tom Tresh.
Studded with stars in belt and crown,
the Stadium is an adastrium.
O flashing Orion,
your stars are muscled like the lion.
July 16, 2010
steve commented on the word Habakkuk
The Past is the Present
If external action is effete
and rhyme is outmoded,
I shall revert to you,
Habakkuk, as when in a Bible class
the teacher was speaking of unrhymed verse.
He said - and I think I repeat his exact words -
"Hebrew poetry is prose
with a sort of heightened consciousness." Ecstasy affords
the occasion and expediency determines the form.
July 10, 2010
steve commented on the word bedizened
"Bedizened or stark
naked, man, the self, the being we call human, writing-
master to this world, griffons a dark
"Like does not like like that is obnoxious"; and writes error
Marianne Moore 'The Pangolin'
June 15, 2010
steve commented on the word veni vidi vici
one of those recorded pronunciations would help out
December 20, 2009
steve commented on the word euphony
At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.
Wallace Stevens :thirteen ways of looking at a Blackbird
July 23, 2009
steve commented on the word Haddam
O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women around you?
July 21, 2009
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