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by k-j
Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

I read Oliver Twist out of curiosity. There was some pay-off: the manipulative evil of Fagin, the elemental violence of Bill Sikes. Essentially may interest waned when Oliver became less present in the narrative. What did you dislike about David Copperfield ? It was some time ago but here's what I ...
by k-j
Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

A Confederacy of Dunces. One of the most overrated books I've ever read. Just utter shit. Exactly what I thought about Infinite Jest . (Not one of your favourites, I hope.) Clever shit, admittedly. But dear me. I haven't read it David. Your appreciation of Pynchon gives me cause to trust you on thi...
by k-j
Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

September Vanity Fair - Thackeray - satirical and sentimental surfaces, but essentially human wickedness is the heart of the novel for even the 'good' have their vanities exposed. I can recommend this one for humour and insights on the destructive, corrupt behaviour of hierachies. I feel the narrat...
by k-j
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: A poem that I read today by Mac
Replies: 53
Views: 4892

Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

Yes, another great example of Jonson's anachronistic personal touch. He wrote a similar poem for a daughter of his, also moving. Makes me want to look at his plays again (read them at university) to see if I can detect the same quality in them. I do remember thinking they were pretty great as plays.
by k-j
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

September books: YT by Alexei Nikitin - intriguing post-Soviet story about a group of friends who, as schoolkids in the early 80's, create a sort of correspondence-based empire-building game (like Civilization) which attracts the attention of the KGB. Fast forward to the current century and someone ...
by k-j
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: English Renaissance Poetry: A Collection of Shorter Poems from Skelton to Jonson
Replies: 1
Views: 273

English Renaissance Poetry: A Collection of Shorter Poems from Skelton to Jonson

Just finished the anthology of this title selected by John Williams. I suppose it does what it says on the tin, but I've concluded this isn't my favourite period. So much of it is just gauzy lovelorn abstraction and some of the rhyming really is laboured. But here are a few pieces that stood out: 1....
by k-j
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

I don't remember reading Richard III but I did see it in about 2003 at the Globe. Many great lines in that one and yes, the plot is a ripper too. Richard II I saw and read maybe 10 years ago in Vancouver, but all I remember is the sceptred isle... Last night finished Voss by Patrick White. Not perfe...
by k-j
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: You Be the Hammer V3 (was : So, I met the Devil himself/ The Gift)
Replies: 12
Views: 551

Re: So, I met the Devil himself (V2 formerly The Gift)

I like this (v2 much better than v1). But I don't think either title works, first one is too vague and the second one too explicatory. If you can't think of a good title, especially for a short poem, just leave it without one! But there probably is one. Only other thing is "plants or eagles". Plants...
by k-j
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

I have to admit my pace on Anniversaries has slackened significantly. I'm at about page 550 I think but have only been reading a chapter or two per day once or twice a week. It doesn't help that the damn thing's too big to take along with me when I travel, which is more than ever this year. That sai...
by k-j
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: A poem that I read today by Mac
Replies: 53
Views: 4892

Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

I love those King poems - wasn't familiar with him at all. Thanks guys.
by k-j
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

As for me, I've been reading a lot this year. Since last September, books I've rated 9 or 10: Slow Boats to China - Gavin Young - reread of probably my favourite travel book ever, with amazing characters throughout but highlights are a ride in a clapped-out cargo dhow with a crew of fatalistic Baluc...
by k-j
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

Never read On the Road but I read The Dharma Bums when I was about 17 and thought it was pretty good. I just remember the scene where the guy is working as a fire lookout sitting on top of a mountain and a mosquito settles on his arm but he's so zenned-out that the mozzer doesn't realise he's alive ...
by k-j
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

I get the "just dip in and read a page at random" approach to the Wake - probably the only way I could manage it - but I suppose there's a reason why the pages were arranged in the order that they're in. Then again, if we can't discern that reason then it's moot, and all that matters is you enjoy it...
by k-j
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: A poem that I read today by Mac
Replies: 53
Views: 4892

Re: A poem that I read today by Mac

That Housman poem is also one of my favourites, Mac. I recently read Housman Country: Into the Heart of England by Peter Parker. It's a terrific Housman companion which includes the full text of A Shropshire Lad as an appendix for ready reference. Rather than building one argument or thesis it comes...
by k-j
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

Yes, TB. I remember when I was younger reading 19th century novels where everyone was ailing with "consumption" or just generally wasting away, and not realising it was what we call TB. Life was ghastly back then - I mean the 19th century, not when I was younger. Mann chooses not to name the disease...
by k-j
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Post-a-Translation
Topic: entrenchment clauses by ramonlvdiaz
Replies: 2
Views: 3128

Re: entrenchment clauses by ramonlvdiaz

Wow! A great pleasure to read this in Portuguese (and many, many new words learnt)! This poem really seems to catch the Brazilian zeitgeist. It's completely crazy and I couldn't stop reading! I like "Watergates, Tea Parties and Trail of Tears" (should be "Trails") as a piece of creative cross-cultur...
by k-j
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Strand Street
Replies: 18
Views: 868

Re: Strand Street

Much enjoyed. Maybe cut "along them" which doesn't add anything and the shorter line seems nice?

Cut "most" for the metre?

I love "anti-toothpaste" and the whole description of the cash transferral system (which I don't think I've come across before).
by k-j
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

Georg Heym - The Thief and Other Stories (pub. 1913) I've not read Heym's prose, although I've been meaning to for years. I do love his poetry though. I have a bilingual edition which I keep returning to. Won't be attempting the stories in German though! Staying on matters Teutonic I'm about 2/3 th...
by k-j
Wed May 22, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: The Jolly Blue Dragon
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: The Jolly Blue Dragon

I like this a lot. I like the way it jumps around but still seems coherent. The way "something significant" is repeated. I really like the Jolly Blue Giant / Jolly Green Giant / Jolly Blue Dragon triangle and I think I even understand it. I don't know who Mr. C. is though. I think the end is great a...
by k-j
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Scan (revised)
Replies: 13
Views: 1061

Re: Scan

I like the general sense of building, cohering, and then the dissolving again in the last stanza. However I think it is too impressionistic. "Blossom, / eagle-echo" for example, I simply can't relate to the subject of the poem. And "the infinite / within each moment" doesn't say much to me at all. T...
by k-j
Wed May 02, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Poetry Discussion
Topic: Poet Voice
Replies: 3
Views: 1462

Poet Voice

Interesting piece about why so many poets read excellent, expressive (or not) poems in that portentous droning way which drains all the life out of their creations. The Glück and Trethewey examples linked in the piece are egregious, and T.S. Eliot comes to mind as perhaps the worst of all. The stuf...
by k-j
Wed May 02, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Prose/Fiction Discussion
Topic: Who's reading what?
Replies: 491
Views: 156269

Re: Who's reading what?

Hi Churinga, nice of you to add to this thread. I reread 'Middlemarch' a few years ago, after studying it at Uni about 50 years ago. It is one of the best. I agree, I've read all of Eliot's novels now except for 'Adam Bede', and 'Middlemarch' is by far the best and the only really great one. I'll ha...
by k-j
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Perhaps
Replies: 7
Views: 2465

Re: Perhaps

Thanks all, strange that this was resurrected after a year.

Tony, those words obviously chosen for the rhyme, but I don't think they're antiquated, just uncommon.

As for the audience, I guess it's the "us" of the poem... or just the speaker talking to him/herself?
by k-j
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Beginners)
Topic: Church and State
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Re: Church and State

I like the first two lines. The metre vapourises in the third line. Fourth line you have a syntax issue. The comma at the end is awkward, because it's trying to legitimise a weird sentence structure. I think you have to rewrite it somehow. "Was ever thus" is a cliché. You can just delete those words...
by k-j
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Post-a-Poem (Experienced)
Topic: Skein over a reservoir
Replies: 5
Views: 1078

Re: Skein over a reservoir

I'm not sure about "burrows". It's kind of a slow-sounding verb isn't it? I'd think something like "drills" would be better here. "Corbelling" felt a bit flashy on first read but I'm coming round to it. "Who" feels out of place grammatically but I'm sure you realise that. I would lose "incorrigibly"...