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I heard of a man … Leonard Cohen

Baby, I’ve been waiting, I’ve been waiting night and day. I didn’t see the time, I waited half my life away. There were lots of invitations and I know you sent me some, but I was waiting for the miracle, for the miracle to come. I know you really loved me. but, you see, my … Continue reading

Bob Dylan: “I’m a poet, and I know it”

Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. Just over 50 years ago, following the release of his fifth album, Bringing It All Back Home, the Guardian published Chimes of freedom flashing – a look at the poetry of Bob … Continue reading

The Season of Phantasmal Peace: Derek Walcott / Espen Erichsen

Then all the nations of birds lifted together the huge net of the shadows of this earth in multitudinous dialects, twittering tongues, stitching and crossing it. They lifted up the shadows of long pines down trackless slopes, the shadows of glass-faced towers down evening streets, the shadow of a frail plant on a city sill— … Continue reading

Ripenso il tuo sorriso: Eugenio Montale / Boris Kniaseff

“Ripenso il tuo sorriso, ed è per me un’acqua limpida scorta per avventura tra le petraie d’un greto, esiguo specchio in cui guardi un’ellera i suoi corimbi; e su tutto l’abbraccio di un bianco cielo quieto. Codesto è il mio ricordo; non saprei dire, o lontano, se dal tuo volto si esprime libera un’anima ingenua, … Continue reading

Pull A String, A Puppet Moves: Charles Bukowski / Chris Friel

pull a string, a puppet moves … each man must realize that it can all disappear very quickly: the cat, the woman, the job, the front tire, the bed, the walls, the room; all our necessities including love, rest on foundations of sand – and any given cause, no matter how unrelated: the death of … Continue reading

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock : T.S.Elliot / Diana Blok

S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse A persona che mai tornasse al mondo, Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse. Ma percioche giammai di questo fondo Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero, Senza tema d’infamia ti rispondo. Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a … Continue reading

Love at First Sight : Wislawa Szymborska / Peter Seelig

Love at First Sight They’re both convinced that a sudden passion joined them. Such certainty is beautiful but uncertainty is more beautiful still. Since they’d never met before, they’re sure that there’d been nothing between them. But what’s the word from the streets, staircases, hallways – perhaps they’ve passed each other by a million times? … Continue reading

PARIS: Louis Aragon / Marc Chagall

PARIS Où fait-il bon même au coeur de l’orage Où fait-il clair même au coeur de la nuit L’air est alcool et le malheur courage Carreaux cassés l’espoir encore y luit Et les chansons montent des murs détruits Jamais éteint renaissant de la braise Perpétuel brûlot de la patrie Du Point-du-Jour jusqu’au Père-Lachaise Ce doux … Continue reading

Past One O’Clock : Vladimir Mayakovsky / Peter Seelig

1 She loves me-loves me not. My hands I pick and having broken my fingers fling away. So the first daisy-heads one happens to flick are plucked, and guessing, scattered into May. Let a cut and shave reveal my grey hairs. Let the silver of the years ring out endlessly ! Shameful common sense – … Continue reading

Song of the Open Road – Walt Whitman

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How is it over there? How lonely is it? Is it still glowing red at sunset? Are the birds still singing on the way to the forest? Can you receive the letter I dared not send? Can I convey… the confession I dared not make? Will time pass and roses fade? Now it’s time to … Continue reading

Eternity And A Day : Theodoros Angelopoulos / Dionysios Solomos

‘The Easter Day’ by Greece’s National poet, Dionysios Solomos (1798-1857). This poem regained fame and popularity in Greece some years ago with the 1998 film Eternity And A Day (Μια αιωνιότητα και μια μέρα) by Theodoros Angelopoulos, who died earlier. (24 January 2012).   Alexandros (Bruno Ganz) walks along the seafront in Thessaloniki in Eternity And … Continue reading

Savage Memories – Yehuda Amichai

I think these days of the wind in your hair, and of my years in the world which preceded your coming, and of the eternity to which I proceed before you; and I think of the bullets that did not kill me, but killed my friends— they who were better than me because they did … Continue reading

Irises : Li-Young Lee poem / Pierre-Narcisse Guérin

1. In the night, in the wind, at the edge of the rain, I find five irises, and call them lovely. As if a woman, once, lay by them awhile, then woke, rose, went, the memory of hair lingers on their sweet tongues. I’d like to tear these petals with my teeth. I’d like to … Continue reading

Portrait of a Lady – T.S. Eliot / Picasso

Portrait of a Lady Thou hast committed — Fornication: but that was in another country, And besides, the wench is dead. (The Jew of Malta)     I Among the smoke and fog of a December afternoon You have the scene arrange itself — as it will seem to do— With “I have saved this … Continue reading

Shéhérazade – Maurice Ravel / René Magritte

Shéhérazade est le titre de trois poèmes pour voix et orchestre de Maurice Ravel sur des vers de Tristan Klingsor. Asie à Jeane Hatto « Asie, Asie, Asie, Vieux pays merveilleux des contes de nourrice, Où dort la fantaisie Comme une impératrice En sa forêt tout emplie de mystères, Asie, Je voudrais m’en aller avec ma goélette Qui … Continue reading

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me – Maya Angelou / Jean-Michel Basquiat

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me Shadows on the wall Noises down the hall Life doesn’t frighten me at all Bad dogs barking loud Big ghosts in a cloud Life doesn’t frighten me at all Mean old Mother Goose Lions on the loose They don’t frighten me at all Dragons breathing flame On my counterpane That doesn’t … Continue reading

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