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An(y) Occasion

Music is a temporal art. A song takes a couple minutes. An opera – a couple hours. That much is obvious.

But imagine, for instance, that you were invited to the grand opening of a new show at a gallery. 407 more words

Ars Poetica XIII

The space between two languages is a space like no other.

— Anne Carson

Writing anything at all is a work of translation exactly comparable to that of transmuting a text from one language into another.
— Paul Valéry


It’s been a tough week.

Last Sunday I tore my meniscus.

Tuesday’s election results weren’t what I had hoped they’d be.

And Thursday the world learned that Leonard Cohen had passed. 462 more words

Middle Fiction

Paul Valéry on Why a Work is Never Completed

“A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations.”-Paul Valéry


Quote, Unquote

“We civilizations now know ourselves mortal.”

~ Paul Valéry


1034 Quote Unquote


A poem is never finished,
only abandoned.
– W. H.Auden, “quoting” Valéry

Aux yeux de ces amateurs d’inquiétude et de perfection, un ouvrage n’est jamais… 100 more words

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