(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).”

(GJ) Canto XVIII (p.7, ll. 1-13).

I hold the websoft edges of her gown and drawing them out to hook them I see through the opening of the black veil her lithe body sheathed in an orange shift.  Separated by a century and a tenth of the globe are two poets, obsessed with undergarments, with phantoms, with undressing their loves. OnetimeContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XVIII (p.7, ll. 1-13).”

(GJ) Canto X (p 4, ll 6-12).

…the short skirt taut from the round knobs of the knees. A white flash: a flake, a snowflake: And when she next doth ride abroad/ May I be there to see! https://postarchive.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/joyce-james-giacomo-joyce-faber-faber-1968.pdf By the first decade of the Twentieth Century, Western Europe’s loathing for the Turk, the pirate-invader, diminished. The Ottomans endured an initiation intoContinue reading “(GJ) Canto X (p 4, ll 6-12).”

(GJ) Cantos VIII-IX (p.3, ll. 8-31).

Mine eyes fail in darkness, mine eyes fail,/Mine eyes fail in darkness, love./ During the 20th Century, Trieste’s flag shimmered iridescent from Austro-Hungarian to Italian, became an independent city-state’s banner, emerged Italian again. It came, at last, to be as cosmopolitan a city as any in Europe. Across the closed end of the Adriatic liesContinue reading “(GJ) Cantos VIII-IX (p.3, ll. 8-31).”

(GJ) Canto VII (p.3, ll. 1-2).

Frail gift, frail giver, frail blue-veined child. Three in imaginary love connect through a flower Lucia gives to Amalia. Amalia accepts the advances of her teacher only at arm’s length from a generation’s distance. Perhaps the student associates herself with Lucia, the toddler, to restore her threatened status as an innocent participant in an innocentContinue reading “(GJ) Canto VII (p.3, ll. 1-2).”

About Giacomo Joyce (GJ)

James Joyce’s Personal Obsession 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 PoundContinue reading “About Giacomo Joyce (GJ)”

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Tom O’Carroll, a Friend to the JJRC, Sends Musical Joycean Cheer for Saint Patrick’s Day. Tom’s entertainment begins with his treatment of “Finnegan’s Wake.” Sing along. There’s no one listening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-_xVishGgg     The Art of Bloomsday at the Olivier Cornet Gallery of Dublin If you find yourself with an irresistible yearning for the ineluctableContinue reading “Related Websites We Like”