Category: poetry

Yesterday's Print 2018-12-06 22:55:08

The San Francisco Examiner, California, August 1, 1954

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Yesterday's Print 2018-12-05 23:58:04

The Los Angeles Times, California, October 20, 1925

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Stinking Party

The Daily Utah Chronicle, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 1, 1958

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Goodbye Summer; Hello Fall

The Minneapolis Star, Minnesota, September 25, 1943

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Heaven won’t fail the dedicated heart. Sleepin…

Heaven won’t fail the dedicated heart. Sleeping on brushwood and tasting gall, 3,000 Yue soldiers at long last can defeat the Wu.

Yesterday's Print 2018-08-19 03:08:52

Peter Newell’s Pictures and Rhymes, 1899

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Had Himself Repaired

Peter Newell’s Pictures and Rhymes, 1899

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A Philosophical Comment on Snakes

According to the poet, traveler, and politician Usama ibn Munqidh, who lived in the 1100s CE, “One of the wonders of the human heart is that a man may face certain death and embark on every danger without his heart quailing from it, and yet he may take fright from something that even boys and women do not fear.”

ibn Munqidh then told the story of a battle hero his father knew, who “would run out fleeing” if he saw a snake, “saying to his wife, ‘The snake’s all your’s!’ And she would have to get up to kill it.”

Modern Japanese Vase Tells A Medieval Story

Around the year 950 CE, the Japanese emperor was contemplating cutting down an ancient plum tree, which had recently died. The emperor changed his mind after receiving an anonymous poem. “Since my lord commands, what can I do but obey; but the nightingales, when they ask about their nests– whatever can I tell them?”

This vase, made in 1904 by Miyagawa Kozan, commemorates that story. You can see the character for “nightingale” perched daintily on the blue plum branch. The character (and all the other characters) is not painted on, but colored clay inserted into the cutout wall of the vessel. They probably couldn’t do that in 950!

I feel wonderful drinking beer, in a blissful …

I feel wonderful drinking beer, in a blissful mood, with joy in my heart and a happy liver.