Monthly Archives: May 2013

Conjunction of Planets over Utah Valley

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Barbed Wire Gallery in Celebration: “Agricultural History” Will Publish Our Article on Advertisements of the New and Dangerous and Efficient Invention! Fall 2014

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Dream

He dreamt, he told me, that a voice explained to him that he was not paying enough attention to Serbian writers. He knew that was true, he said, and determined to rectify the situation. He would list them all for … Continue reading

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Serbia’s Greatest Living Poet

He told me that while on the houseboat on the Sava River, during the course(s) of the 5-hour meal, while Zarko was translating for Peter and the Serbian journalist, he approached Matija Beckovic and through the translation of Mladen Materic, … Continue reading

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The Afternoon on the Sava: Second Draft

The Afternoon on the Sava   Marco Polo imagined answering (or Kublai Khan imagined his answer) that the more one was lost in unfamiliar quarters of distant cities, the more one understood the other cities he had crossed to arrive … Continue reading

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The Moravian Night / Moravska Noc

Zarko Radakovic’s translation of Peter Handke’s Die moravische Nacht. Dear Scott, We flow again and again into Peter’s Moravia, and again and again we flow out of it, and no one knows in what direction this powerful meandering watermass moves. … Continue reading

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David Albahari’s SNOW MAN

. . . fearing . . . that I would end up stuck here forever, constrained, among people who believe that knowledge, rather than being the mastery of ignorance, is confirmation of the desire that things be the way a … Continue reading

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Standing as Metaphor: H. Bosch

In April I spent a long morning in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, almost the entire time in the large room that displays eight or ten of Breugel’s best paintings (The Peasant Wedding, Saul on the Road to Damascus, Hunters … Continue reading

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Epiphany

If I were James Joyce, and if I were collecting local “epiphanies” like he did in Dublin, I’d write a story centered on a phrase overheard this evening at the Woodland Hills mailboxes, a strong statement coming from a heavy … Continue reading

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Joy

Listening to Nicolas Simion’s jazz in Cologne, I felt an unexpectedly rush of joy. Yesterday, walking with Blue through meadows thick with the yellow flowers of arrowleaf balsamroot, I plucked a couple of juicy three-toothed leaves of sage, pressed them … Continue reading

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