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Paul Valéry, a poem about the thinker & the sea

This quiet roof, where dove-sails saunter by,
Between the pines, the tombs, throbs visibly.
Impartial noon patterns the sea in flame —
That sea forever starting and re-starting. 113 more words

Edward Hirsch on Walking — Roger’s Gleanings

“I love the leisurely amplitude, the spaciousness, of taking a walk, of heading somewhere, anywhere, on foot. I love the sheer adventure of it, of setting out and taking off. 31 more words


"If a poet has a dream, it is not of becoming famous, but of being believed."

“If a poet has a dream, it is not of becoming famous, but of being believed.”

Jean Cocteau, poet



All writing is autobiography. My blog, I discovered today, comprises almost 300,000 written words of autobiography, a meandering through my library. There are sufficient words for three good-sized books. 186 more words

Paul Valéry

Mechanical Reproduction Changing Reality

As my roommates lie with their faces shoved in their phones, I decide to pick my device and start typing this piece. Why? Maybe because of technology and the endless possibilities they provide of  806 more words


Degas meets Valéry at the Orsay

To commemorate the centennial of the death of Edgar Degas (1834-1917), through Sunday the musée d’Orsay has organized an exhibition that juxtaposes paintings, pastels, and drawings from the Impressionist artist and others with “Degas Danse Dessin,” published in 1936 by the art dealer Ambroise Vollard. 109 more words