James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation during September

James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation during September Activity on the website was less than usual during the month. Few new posts were created. Usage related to Flannery O’Connor is heavily weighted toward US usage. Haiku were added to half the Giacomo Joyce cantos in September. This will be completed in October. This isContinue reading “James Joyce Reading Circle Usage by Nation during September”

(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).”

(GJ) Canto XLI (p.14, ll. 10-18).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce:  Take her now who will!  An Original Haiku: A voice eternal/ Art becomes the creator/ Modernism’s calf/    About Giacomo Joyce Canto XLI Abraham heard the voice of Yahweh at the dawn of religion. Until that moment, there was no precedent for theology or ritual. The deity without predecessor whispers hisContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XLI (p.14, ll. 10-18).”

(GJ) Cantos XXXVI-XXXIX (p.13).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: Those quiet cold fingers have touched the pages, foul and fair, on which my shame shall glow for ever. Quiet and cold and pure fingers. Have they never erred? An Original Haiku: Her disapproval/ Coy in response to his book?/ Excitation too?/ About Cantos XXXVI-XXXIX Joyce spreads fewer than fifty words acrossContinue reading “(GJ) Cantos XXXVI-XXXIX (p.13).”

(GJ) Canto XXXV (p.12, ll.17-29).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: All night I have watched her, all night I shall see her: braided and pinnacled hair and olive oval face and calm soft eyes. A green fillet upon her hair and about her body a green-broidered gown: the hue of the illusion of the vegeta ble glass of nature and ofContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XXXV (p.12, ll.17-29).”

(GJ) Canto XXXIII (p.12, ll. 1-4).

  From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: …had The Portrait of the Artist been frank only for frankness’ sake, she would have asked why I had given it to her to read. An Original Haiku:   Is the artist ART,/ Or merely ART’s medium?/ Which holds mastery?/   about Canto XXXIII: Signoria Popper pronounces that the shockContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XXXIII (p.12, ll. 1-4).”

(GJ) Canto XXXII (p. 11, ll. 29-34).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: …happy words on her tongue, happy laughter. A bird twittering after storm, happy that its little foolish life has fluttered out of reach of the clutching fingers of an epileptic lord….  An Original Haiku: Trauma shadows us/ ’Til pain-memory dwindles/ “She needs a sister”/   about Canto XXXII: Joy springs fromContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XXXII (p. 11, ll. 29-34).”

(GJ) Canto IXXX (p. 11, ll. 1-9).

Tie My girdle for me and bind up this hair in any simple knot. If you have been reading this blog, you may remember another mention of Beatrice Cenci by Dante in The Divine Comedy. In this canto, Joyce uses a quote from Shelley’s tragedy The Cenci. Shelley’s play focuses on the abuse of a daughter andContinue reading “(GJ) Canto IXXX (p. 11, ll. 1-9).”

(GJ) Canto XXVI (p.9, ll. 21-31).

I play lightly, softly singing, John Dowland’s languid song.  In this canto, Joyce sings and plays love songs in the Popper home until dawn approaches. Delaying the walk home, he ends the evening singing John Dowland’s “Loath to Depart.” The tune is Elizabethian and written for the lute. Presumably, the Maestro would accompany himself onContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XXVI (p.9, ll. 21-31).”

(GJ) Canto XXII (p.8, ll. 29-36).

The sellers offer on their altars the first fruits: green- flecked lemons, jewelled cherries, shameful peaches with torn leaves…. Owlish wisdom stares from their eyes brooding upon the lore of their Summa contra Gentiles.  Many Jews landed in Trieste after fleeing mistreatment in the Russias. The Jewish and Irish diasporas have met, and James JoyceContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XXII (p.8, ll. 29-36).”