(Da) Virag’s Suicide: Tears Bloom

6 Not apple-trees were there, but thorns with poison. 7 Such tangled thickets have not, nor so dense,  8 Those savage wild beasts, that in hatred hold  9 ‘Twixt Cecina and Corneto the tilled places. (Longfellow, canto xiii)   In Dante’s Inferno, the poet gives his greatest attention to suicides who are violent due toContinue reading “(Da) Virag’s Suicide: Tears Bloom”

(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).”

(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) Canto XL (p.14 ll. 1-3).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: Whirling wreaths of grey vapour upon the heath An Original Haiku: SHE roams ghostlike/ Joycecliff loves inscrutably/ Consumed, unconsumed/ About Cantos XXXVI-XXXIX James Joyce’s obsession lies thwarted on a smokey moor. Social status impeded the lovers, and an accidental relationship leaves only a forbidden and unlucky love. His paragon of feminineContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XL (p.14 ll. 1-3).”

(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).”