April 6, 2012

A little bit of the innocent, a little bit of the hoping not-to-be-so-innocent (really, who knew eyes could be so manipulative?)…

The Mysterious Art of Eye Flirtation
Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

Something a little quirky this week. Came across this a few months back via the wonderful Lists of Note (partnered with Letters of Note – an extraordinary site) and just couldn’t resist. How can you resist learning the deep and esoteric mysteries of EYE FLIRTATION?? You can’t, that’s how. So don’t try…

This evidently circulated in the late 1890s, and reminds me so much of other small pamphlets on love, dating, women, etc. from that era.

Enjoy! And if you try it, do drop me a line and let me know how it worked out for you 😉

Poema/Poem 20, by Pablo Nerudo
Read by Cassandra Neace

From Cassandra’s post on Indie Reader Houston writes…

Since April is National Poetry Month, I will be posting recordings of myself reading poetry every Friday.  Because the first namethat I think of when I hear the word “poetry” is always Pablo Neruda, I thought that I would return to him this week. I’ll be reading my very favorite Neruda poem, “Poema 20″/”Poem” from his first collection, Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair and I wasgoing to tell you the alleged story behind “Poema” in this space, but when I was looking the book up to see if I could confirm than alleged story, I saw that his translator was W.S. Merwin.  Merwin is an accomplished poet in his own right, having won two Pulitzer prizes and an National Book Award. He is also the 17th Poet Laureate of the United States.  To be honest, though, I have never read any of his work (which I’ll be doing very, very soon!).  But he is also the one that put Neruda’s words into English, and that probably changed my life forever.  That is no exaggeration. Because of his beautiful translations, I learned a whole otherlanguage and that opened a whole other world to me.  For that, I will be eternally grateful.

Merwin will be the featured author at the Inprint Margaret Root Brown Reading Series on April 23. All of my Neruda books are in storage in Tennessee, and that is killing me.  If you read this blog, you know that things are tight right now (though I’ve only tried to do nothing more than mention it in passing).

Forgotten,  by A. A. Milne
Read by Diane Havens

Diane writes…

Known primarily for “Winnie the Pooh” and other children’s literature, Alan Alexander Milne also wrote some wonderful poetry, essays, plays and novels for adults. Well worth delving into Mr. Milne’s work further.

Here, a poem for children, but for me, it has a poignancy that only maturity can bring to its reading.

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