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“Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?”*…


From Julian Peters, the 24-page comic version of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (with larger, zoomable images).


* T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”


As we hear mermaids singing, we might send elegant birthday greetings to Marianne Moore; she was born on this date in 1887.   An American Modernist poet, critic, translator, and editor, she is known for formal innovation, precise diction, irony, and wit in her literary work… and for being probably the only highly-regarded poet ever to to be involved in automotive marketing.

She argues, in her best known poem, “Poetry,” that it is not formal attributes like meter that define poetry, but delight in language and precise, heartfelt expression…

… nor is it valid
to discriminate against ‘business documents and
school-books’; all these phenomena are important. One must
make a distinction
however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the
result is not poetry,
nor till the poets among us can be
‘literalists of
the imagination’–above
insolence and triviality and can present
for inspection, ‘imaginary gardens with real toads in them’, shall
we have
it. In the meantime, if you demand on the one hand,
the raw material of poetry in
all its rawness and
that which is on the other hand
genuine, you are interested in poetry.



Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl…

The first panel of “Ulysses SEEN

The product of a quartet of Philadelphia-based artists and Joyce-freaks who call themselves Throwaway Horse LLC, Ulysses SEEN is a lovingly-created graphic version of Joyce’s famously-densely-symbolic novel, along with a Reader’s Guide and a blog that comments both on the text(s) and their creation.

As Joyce observes in Chapter 12 (“Cyclops”), “Love loves to love love…”

As we thank God for the obsessions (well, at least *some* of the obsessions) of others, we might tip our berets to Roger Vadim, who was born (as Roger Vladimir Plemiannikov) in Paris on this date in 1928.  Vadim worked as a journalist, author, actor, screenwriter, director, and producer, but is best remembered as the lover and/or husband and promoter of a series of beautiful actresses:  Brigitte Bardot (whose career he launched), Catherine Deneuve, Annette Strøyberg, Jane Fonda, Catherine Schneider, and Marie-Christine Barrault.


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