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

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: Mine eyes fail in darkness, mine eyes fail,/Mine eyes fail in darkness, love./ An Original Haiku: His mantra is forg’d/ “silence, cunning, and exile”/ of Padovan greats./ About Giacomo Joyce VIII-IX: During the 20th Century, Trieste’s flag shimmered iridescent from Austro-Hungarian to Italian, became an independent city-state’s banner, emerged Italian again.Continue reading “(GJ) Cantos VIII-IX (p.3, ll. 8-31).”

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

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: Frail gift, frail giver, frail blue-veined child. An Original Haiku: Innocent flowerDelights the infant LuciaAnd titillates James About Giacomo Joyce VII: Three in imaginary love connect through a flower Lucia gives to Amalia. Amalia accepts the advances of her teacher only at arm’s length and from a generation’s distance. Perhaps theContinue reading “(GJ) Canto VII (p.3, ll. 1-2).”

(GJ) Canto VI (p. 2, ll. 12-18).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: Shadows streak her falsely smiling face, smitten by the hot creamy light, grey wheyhued shadows under the jawbones, streaks of eggyolk yellow…. An Original Haiku: Past ochre rice fields Sly smile beneath her slouch’d hat Risotto stirs HIM. About Giacomo Joyce VI: A delicate risotto can take hours of logistical plotting,Continue reading “(GJ) Canto VI (p. 2, ll. 12-18).”

(D) about “Clay,” October 31, Samhain When the Dead Roam the Earth

Dublin by Lamplight competed against the Catholic-run Magdelena laundries for business and a workforce. This laundry advantaged its prosperous neighbors and leveraged the friendship and business associations of the Protestant board members. Lamplight was perhaps also more attractive to “working girls” because it intended to convert fallen women by employing the Protestant carrot more oftenContinue reading “(D) about “Clay,” October 31, Samhain When the Dead Roam the Earth”

(GJ) Canto V (p.2, ll.6-8).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: … rounded by the lathe of intermarriage and ripened in the forcing-house of the seclusion of her race. An Original Haiku: The “seclusion of her race”/ Blue-veined eyelids mark/ Yahweh’s treasured one./ About Giacomo Joyce V: In a footnote, Ellmann attaches isolation to the Irish water-girl of Portrait. The study of genetics duringContinue reading “(GJ) Canto V (p.2, ll.6-8).”

(D) A Year of Dubliners

What follows is an experiment. I have long suspected that there is a calendar nesting among the fifteen stories of Dubliners. Beginning with “Clay” on October 31, I’ll post an essay about each story in the collection. The stories follow the Celtic Year. ~Don 2020 The dropdown menu has reverted to the Gregorian Calendar aboutContinue reading “(D) A Year of Dubliners”

(GJ) Canto II (p.1, ll.21-27).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce:  “The long eyelids beat and lift a burning needleprick stings and quivers in the velvet iris.” An Original Haiku: Would-be seducer’s/ Equivocation of Faith/  Saints made into rogues./ About Giacomo Joyce Canto II: Called Giacomo like Casanova, Joyce has won a small acknowledgment from his prey. Amalia sparks. SHE believes thatContinue reading “(GJ) Canto II (p.1, ll.21-27).”

(GJ) Canto I (p.1, ll. 1-10).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce:  “Yes: a brief syllable. A brief laugh. A brief beat of the eyelids.” An Original Haiku: Who is the Dark She,/  A Birdgirl or the Huntress?/ Jim prey or stalker?/ About Giacomo Joyce Canto I: Joyce’s prose poem is a song of forbidden love that predicts Nobokov’s Lolita.  We find Molly’sContinue reading “(GJ) Canto I (p.1, ll. 1-10).”

(U) Episode 2: “Nestor” ~pp 25-37.

    Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses. Episode 2 Title: Nestor Scene: The School Hour: 10 a.m. Organ: (none) Art: History Colour: Brown Symbol: Horse Technic: Catechism (personal) One Favorite Quote among Many “My childhood bends beside me. Too far for me to lay a hand there once or lightly. Mine is farContinue reading “(U) Episode 2: “Nestor” ~pp 25-37.”

(U) Episode 18: “Penelope,” ~pp 723-83.

Gibraltar on Liffey copyright @ don ward, 2020 Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses Title: Penelope Scene: The Bed Time: (none) Organ: Flesh Art: (none) Colour: (none) Symbol: Earth Technic: Monologue (female) One favorite among many quotes “…she had too much old chat in her about politics and earthquakes and the end of theContinue reading “(U) Episode 18: “Penelope,” ~pp 723-83.”