Ein (metaphorischer) Spaziergang

Heute in der Natur Vögelnde Vögel beobachtet, Doppelsinnige Sinnlichkeit. Falco sparverius, Natura naturans (danke Baruch Spinoza). Vögeln nur die Vögel? Natürlich nicht. Aber katzende Katzen? Kühende Kühe? Kühende Kühenküsse! Menschende Menschen! . . . yes and his heart was going … Continue reading

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… für Friedrich Hölderlin

The 20th of March 2020 was the 250th birthday of Friedrich Hölderlin. From Zarko´s and my book Repetitions: Tübingen: We decide to spend the afternoon in the garden of the Evangelisches Stift.  Near the Seminary an enamel sign on a strong metal … Continue reading

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Poetry Is Wanted Here!

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Poetry Is Wanted Here! is the timely title of one of Alex Caldiero’s books, published by Ken Sanders’ Dream Garden Press. You can hear Alex performing his poem on NPR here. You can order the book here. Yesterday two works published … Continue reading

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Trump’s Border Wall Disrupts Coronavirus Antidote

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My son Sam was in Costco this afternoon, fighting his way through crowds of people pushing huge carts loaded with bottled water and canned goods and whatever else they thought might carry them through the disaster the threatening Corona virus … Continue reading

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Peter Handke’s Shocking Sentence

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I would have bet heavily against finding the following in any work by Peter Handke: And on their license plates they all had the number of the Oise Departement, where I was headed. Which number? Look it up in the … Continue reading

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Clouds: Photos and 3:55 am Musings

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Pages from Alex Caldiero’s notebook, 3:55 am, February 20, 2020 And to accompany his floating thoughts, depictions of my own:  

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NORINCO EXPLOSIONS FROM PETER HANDKE’S THE FRUIT THIEF

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  The narrator of Handke’s novel The Fruit Thief is walking through the city when he encounters familiar cast-iron covers for cables and pipes. They are made by a company called NORINCO, whatever that means, he wonders, a company that seems to … Continue reading

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The Idiot (from Peter Handke’s Die Obstdiebin / The Fruit Thief)

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Another couple of steps farther, at the threshold of the square fronting the train station, part of the goings-on, the Idiot of the No-Man’s-Bay. (There have been various others, and there might well have been even more.) For some time … Continue reading

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tiny shadow hairs: from Alex Caldiero’s Italian Notebooks

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We all know what a poem should look like. It should look like this beauty from Alex Caldiero’s book Some Love: A proper poem, Welsh/American poet Leslie Norris writes, must be groomed:   The poem stands on its firm legs. Its … Continue reading

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The Idiot: A History of the Story

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In his Nobel Prize lecture Peter Handke spoke about stories from his childhood that formed him and that still accompany him as a writer. One of them appeared in his Der kurze Brief zum langen Abschied, 1972: Er fing zu … Continue reading

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