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review 2018-08-20 11:33
Spiritual Poetry: "Hölderlin - Poemas" by Friedrich Hölderlin
POEMAS - Friedrich Hölderlin,Paulo Quintela


If Hölderlin did it why can’t I do it too? Here it goes:

Yes, we need some good poets
And I think we all know it’s
Something we’re lacking….
My mind I am fracking
But still failing to see
how wishing makes it be.
They fuckitup,
We suckitup.

When I was young, appendectomy was done under local anaesthesia. I was so afraid, I might end up in a situation like that, that I memorised some of Hölderlin's poems in a Portuguese translation by Paulo Quintela, as ways of coping with my fear. I never had an appendectomy as a child, but I still recite in my mind some of those long ago learned Hölderlin's poems when I have to sit in a dentist's chair...

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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text 2018-08-18 16:19
Reading progress update: I've read 346 out of 1102 pages.
Complete Poems, 1904-1962 - E.E. Cummings

A pome I recognise from elsewhere! (It's about a concientious objector.)

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text 2018-08-17 16:45
Reading progress update: I've read 340 out of 1102 pages.
Complete Poems, 1904-1962 - E.E. Cummings

Poems wiv fonetic accents.

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text 2018-08-11 15:04
Reading progress update: I've read 316 out of 1102 pages.
Complete Poems, 1904-1962 - E.E. Cummings

Cummings' frequent themes of erotica and prostitution were presumably controvercial in the 1920s? Or maybe nobody read them...

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text 2018-08-01 06:05
Reading progress update: I've read 241 out of 1327 pages.
The Riverside Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer

The Hooste brings us  abruptly down to earth by commenting on his much less saintly wife and the Monk agrees to tell some tragedies.

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