First Known When Lost
Sunday, February 5, 2023
"Life passes swiftly, hedged by sorrow;/how long before you've lost it -- a scene like this?" (Su Tung-p'o (1037-1101), &...
Monday, January 16, 2023
How to Live, Part Thirty-Two: River
Human nature being what it is, the world has always been, and will always be, beset with utopian busybodies who have taken leave of their se...
Thursday, December 22, 2022
" . . . like a dove/That slants unswerving to its home and love." Earlier this week, about an hour before sunset, I was out for...
Friday, November 25, 2022
Reading Chinese poetry of past centuries, one often encounters poems of parting, as well as poems of longing for a family member or friend w...
Monday, October 31, 2022
I beg your pardon, dear readers, for the lengthy silence. I fell ill upon returning from an early September journey to Southern California ...
Saturday, September 3, 2022
How to Live, Part Thirty-One: Repose
Reading the poetry of Robert Herrick always helps to put our day-to-day world into perspective. For instance: Noth...
Monday, August 1, 2022
What You Leave Behind
Virtually nothing is known about the Greek poet Praxilla, who, it is conjectured, lived in the middle of the Fifth Century, B. C. Of her po...
Thursday, July 14, 2022
"Yet still the unresting castles thresh." This line by Philip Larkin came to me a few days ago as I walked through a grove of tre...
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