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Waking Early Sunday Morning by Robert Lowell

O to break loose, like the chinook
salmon jumping and falling back,
nosing up to the impossible
stone and bone-crushing waterfall –
raw-jawed, weak-fleshed there, stopped by ten… 532 more words



by Robert Lowell

History has to live with what was here,

clutching and close to fumbling all we had–

it is so dull and gruesome how we die, 85 more words

IAAS Postgraduate Conference 2015 - Reflection

I spoke at the Irish Association for American Studies Postgraduate Conference on the 28th of November last. The conference draws together scholars engaged in Postgraduate study, either at MA or Doctorate level, who have particular interest in American studies. 967 more words

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Robert Lowell – “The Nihilist as Hero”

‘All our French poets can turn an inspired line;
who has written six passable in sequence?’
said Valéry. That was a happy day for Satan…. 87 more words


quick review: "the embrace of the serpent."

This is an unusual tack for this blog (although not unprecedented) but I’m putting up a capsule review of the film El Abrazo de la Serpiente/The Embrace of the Serpent… 1,254 more words

Robert Lowell

Why do we hunger so for vicious things? —  Robert Lowell, from “The vanity of human wishes : (after Juvenal’s Tenth satire)” Encounter. Vol. 27, no. 6 (Dec., 1966)


Teaming With Life

illustrator: J Byron Schachner

It’s the birthday of poet Robert Lowell (books by this author), born in Boston, Massachusetts (1917). He once said, “Sometimes nothing is so solid to me as writing — I suppose that’s what a vocation means — at times a torment, a bad conscience, but all in all, purpose and direction.”