“He had never liked October…”🎃

“By the sound of the children you knew the calendar day. By their screams you knew what evening it was. You knew it was very late in the year. October. The last day of October, with white bone masks and cut pumpkins and the smell of dropped candle wax[…]He had never liked October. Ever since… Read More “He had never liked October…”🎃

Being a Boswell

The phrase “to be a Boswell/ someone’s Boswell” was inspired by the relationship between James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. Boswell’s “Life of Johnson” remains the most famous biography in any language, one of Western literature’s greatest achievements, unprecedented in its depth of research and its extensive use of private correspondence and conversation recorded on the… Read More Being a Boswell

Ophelia 🎶

Natalie Merchant (born 26 October 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. In this song she imagines many Ophelias living varied lives throughout history, even though the song really has nothing to do with Shakespeare’s heroine other than the sadness the name evokes. All of those women are portrayed in various times, with very dissimilar… Read More Ophelia 🎶

The Secret

Two girls discoverthe secret of lifein a sudden line ofpoetry. I who don’t know thesecret wrotethe line. Theytold me (through a third person)they had found itbut not what it wasnot even what line it was. No doubtby now, more than a weeklater, they have forgottenthe secret, the line, the name ofthe poem. I love themfor… Read More The Secret

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice Some say the world will end in fire,Some say in ice.From what I’ve tasted of desireI hold with those who favor fire.But if it had to perish twice,I think I know enough of hateTo say that for destruction iceIs also greatAnd would suffice. “Fire and Ice” is a popular symbolic poem by… Read More Fire and Ice