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Reading Cy Twombly : Poetry in Paint

These images, selected from Mary Jacoubs book Reading Cy Twombly: Poetry in Paint, indicate the range and provocation of Cy Twombly’s works on canvas and paper, pointing especially to his inventive use of literary quotation and allusion throughout his long career and his relation to poetry as an inspiration for his art. GEORGE SEFERIS, “THREE … Continue reading

The Absence by Paul Eluard / Gabriele Münter

I speak to you across cities I speak to you across plains My mouth is upon your pillow Both faces of the walls come meeting My voice discovering you I speak to you of eternity O cities memories of cities Cities wrapped in our desires Cities come early cities come lately Cities strong and cities … Continue reading

Pleasures – Bertolt Brecht / Alice Neel

First look from morning’s window The rediscovered book Fascinated faces Snow, the change of the seasons The newspaper The dog Dialectics Showering, swimming Old music Comfortable shoes Comprehension New music Writing, planting Traveling Singing Being friendly Vergnügungen Der erste Blick aus dem Fenster am Morgen Das wiedergefundene Buch Begeisterte Gesichter Schnee, der Wechsel der Jahreszeiten … Continue reading

Letter to a Man: Nijinsky by Mikhail Baryshnikov

In December 1917, Vaslav Nijinsky, at that time the most celebrated male dancer in the Western world, moved into a villa in St. Moritz with his wife, Romola, and their three-year-old daughter. His relations with Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the company in which he had made his name, were now severed, and with a war … Continue reading

The Flower and the Nausea: Carlos Drummond de Andrade

 Judi Dench narrates the global warming poem at Rio’s opening ceremony. Dench provided the English translation of a poem about rain forests.  She read ” A Flor e a Nausea” by Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade. The poem is about a flower being able to grow in a crack in the asphalt of a very polluted … Continue reading

The Ice Palace : F. Scott Fitzgerald / Javier Vallhonrat

“Clark,” she said softly, “I wouldn’t change you for the world. You’re sweet the way you are. The things that’ll make you fail I’ll love always– the living in the past, the lazy days and nights you have, and all your carelessness and generosity.” “But you’re goin’ away?” “Yes– because I couldn’t ever marry you. … Continue reading

La Passion suspendue : Marguerite Duras

Journaliste à «la Stampa», Leopoldina Pallota della Torre rencontre Marguerite Duras en 1987. Il a fallu parlementer longtemps, dit-elle, pour convaincre la romancière, occupée à écrire le scénario de «l’Amant», de la recevoir dans son appartement de la rue Saint-Benoît. La journaliste se souvient de l’avoir d’abord vue «de dos, petite, très petite, assise comme … Continue reading

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