Monday, May 27, 2013

Simon Ortiz: May 27, 1941

                 Earth Woman
                                                                                                                                 for Joy

                 This woman has been shaping
                 millions of years and still
                 her volcanoes erupt
                 with continuous mysteries.

                How gentle
                her movements, her hands,
                soft wind,
                warm rain,
                the moving pain
                of pleasure

                we share.

                -- Simon J. Ortiz --

I wonder about " How gentle/ her movements, her hands," though, when I consider volcanoes, which Ortiz mentions and earthquakes, which he doesn't.  Could he be speaking of a human woman also?
from Woven Stone

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I'm back, mostly. . .

It's been awhile since my last post here.  I guess it was an unplanned but necessary vacation.  I expect to be back with a few posts shortly. 

Right now I'm reading Joseph Conrad's "Captain Lingard" trilogy, something I didn't know existed until a fellow member of a discussion group brought it up.  The three novels and their publication dates are

The Rescue  (1920)

An Outcast of the Islands  (1896)

Almayer's Folly  (1895)

The titles are listed in chronological order, but the publishing order is the reverse.  The first book published was Almayer's Folly, but it is the story of Capt.  Lingard years after the events of The Rescue and An Outcast of the Islands..  

I don't know if there are any short stories featuring Lingard, but if I do discover some, I will post it here.