June 16th, 2004

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Poem for Bloomsday

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This is the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday -- June 16th, on which the events of James Joyce's Ulysses occur. There are tributes all over the internet to Joyce and his writing. I would like briefly to pay tribute to three women -- Harriet Shaw Weaver in England, Sylvia Beach in Paris, and Margaret C. Anderson in New York -- who risked scandal, harrassment and prison to publish Ulysses at a time when describing sex even in veiled metaphor could lead to prosecution.

My own personal web site is named after Anderson's Little Review, which was more than once confiscated by the post office and burned for printing material by Wyndham Lewis and Joyce that was deemed obscene. Please, please let's get rid of people like John Ashcroft in our current government who believe in "protecting" us from literature based on their own personal standards of decency.

The kids have no school, and no camp for two weeks! *scream of panic* Both my parents are sick, so perhaps we shall go over there and attempt to entertain them. Of course, they will probably end up with headaches...

Tonight I am going with vertigo66 and our spouses to see De-Lovely, the Kevin Kline gay Cole Porter biopic, to which I picked up free passes in the used bookstore where I did not buy the Wyeth biography because I knew it would be cheaper on eBay. This makes me feel frugal and gleeful. Because the seats are first come, first served, we will undoubtedly get there early and then take turns wandering from the line to the bookstore, so I must hope for strength from temptation, and passes to other movies. *g*
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Icarus Falling

A few days ago I posted a William Carlos Williams poem, "Landscape With the Fall of Icarus". Several people mentioned that the poem they were expecting from the title was W.H. Auden's "Musee des Beaux Arts" which concerns the same painting, or, in one case, the scene from Ovid's Metamorphosis which describes the fall of Icarus. This made me realize that I really should post those, and see what other relevant Icarus poetry I could find. Here are some of the most interesting.


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