(D) about “Eveline,” October 8

Hugh Kenner invites us to consider that Frank of “Eveline” speaks for Frank’s creator, James Joyce. Sondra Melzer expands that comparison claiming Eveline speaks for Nora Barnacle. Joyce carried Nora off to parts unknown on October 8, 1904, but resisted any urge to marry her until 1931. Were his motives noble, or did he findContinue reading “(D) about “Eveline,” October 8″

(D) about “Counterparts,” February 16

  [Setting “Counterparts” on the Dubliners Calendar requires some finesse. If sunset occurs at about 5:30 PM, the date might be soon after February 12 and also after mid-month. Ireland, however, did not begin Daylight Savings Time until 1916. Joyce finished “Counterparts” on July 16, 1905. Alternately, the sunset might coincide with a November setting,Continue reading “(D) about “Counterparts,” February 16″

(D) about “The Dead,” January 6

‘the dead are dancing with the dead./The dust is whirling with the dust.’ (Oscar Wilde, “The Harlot’s House”) Befuddled Julia Morkan, “toddling” on the arm of Mister Archibald DeathBrowne, appears “ignorant, old, grey-skinned, and stupified.” She exits the room of her minor musical triumph for the feast where Gabriel of the next generation will eulogize herContinue reading “(D) about “The Dead,” January 6″

About Giacomo Joyce (GJ)

Ellmann’s Edition The last task should be deciding what type of artistic creation is Giacomo Joyce. It would be helpful to begin reading with that task in mind. It might be a prose poem. It might be a diary, a confession, or an exploration of streams of consciousness. Joyce called the episodes “sketches” when Pound asked himContinue reading “About Giacomo Joyce (GJ)”

(GJ) Cantos XLVIII-XLIX (p.16. ll. 24-27, 31).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: Her arms: a casque, gules, and blunt spear on a field, sable.  An Original Haiku: Unholy threesome/ The Bard, Dark Lady, and Joyce/ Identities shared./ About Giacomo Joyce Canto XLVIII-XLIX The tale is told, although neither that subject nor verb is accurate of what we witnessed. There has been no narrative;Continue reading “(GJ) Cantos XLVIII-XLIX (p.16. ll. 24-27, 31).”

(GJ) Cantos XLVI-XLVII (p.16, ll.12-16, 20).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: …foliage of stars-s-and waning heaven-c-stillness-e-…./ Non hunc sed Barabbam!    An Original Haiku: “Give us Barabbas!”/ After pursuing his charge,/ Teacher the victim?/ about Giacomo Joyce Cantos XLVI-XLVII:  On first reading, these cantos seem among the simplest of Giacomo Joyce. The simplicity is as deceptive as a Judas kiss. As ever, timeContinue reading “(GJ) Cantos XLVI-XLVII (p.16, ll.12-16, 20).”

(GJ) Canto XLV (p.16, ll. 1-8).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: Youth has an end: the end is here. It will never be. You know that wen. What then? Write it, damn you, write it! What else are you good for?    An Original Haiku: Imperfect, perfect/  Nora carts drunken Jim home/ Insult after harm/   About Giacomo Joyce Canto XLV: VickiContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XLV (p.16, ll. 1-8).”

(GJ)Canto XLIV (p.15, ll. 8-32).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: A starry snake has kissed me: a cold nightsnake. I am lost! -Nora!-  An Original Haiku: Mandelbrot’s Fractals:/ “One girl is all girls,” Says Senn/ Any SHE will do/ About Giacomo Joyce Canto XLIV:  The joke asks: What does the B. stand for in Benoit B. Mandelbrot? The punchline: Benoit B.Continue reading “(GJ)Canto XLIV (p.15, ll. 8-32).”

(GJ) Canto XLIII (p. 15, ll. 8-14).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: They spread under my feet carpets for the son of man…. darting at me for an instant out of her sluggish sidelong eyes a jet of liquorish venom.  An Original Haiku: Blushing innocent/ Turns insidious viper/ Sacrificial Jim?/ About Giacomo Joyce Canto XLIII: … to revise history for the sake ofContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XLIII (p. 15, ll. 8-14).”

(GJ) Canto XLII (p.15, ll. 1-6).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce:  E col suo vedere attosca l’uomo quando lo vede. (And with her sight, she attacks the man when she sees him.) An Original Haiku: Evil-eyed Basilisk/ Threatens death with poisoned glance/ “Lover” turned menace/   The eyes have it in this canto as Giacomo ferments into Ulysses. There are alms for a blind beggarContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XLII (p.15, ll. 1-6).”