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I WAS BORN THERE, I WAS BORN HERE

An extract from Mourid Barghouti’s memoir [bold is my addition]: In such conflicts, the incident, the word, and the teardrop repeat themselves. Everything is repeated. Despair is repeated and hope is repeated. Heroism and treachery are repeated. Blood recurs and … Continue reading

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making your own days

from MAKING YOU OWN DAYS by Kenneth Koch The music of language needs to be explained, since most often in reading prose or in hearing people talk we aren’t much aware of anything resembling music. There are no horns, no … Continue reading

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POETRY IN THE MAKING

My brief to myself for this blog was to post only my own words, but Ted Hughes’ explanation of the mystery of observation and the making of poetry is so sublime, I can’t help but quote: from POETRY IN THE … Continue reading

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