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unreal images of the coming days

If you had put a gun to my head and asked when I last wrote one of those newsletters, I couldn’t have given you a satisfying answer. Last year, February, this summer? But, due to popular demand: I’m back. And there is more coming, though I cannot tell you how soon. For now, a painting, some poetry and reflections about said painting.

Painting

Mary and Joseph are registered in the census at Bethlehem

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: The Census at Bethlehem (1566), oil on panel.

Overview

  • Poetry - The Census

  • Essay Recommendation - Everything is Flowers

  • (The section “updates on my audio-drama” will return next year)

Poetry - The Census

Weeks ago, they were called to collect their belongings.

Days ago, they were still traveling, rations growing thin.

Hours ago, sticks before endless stones.

Just now: beer in cut-out trees, feet planted on a stump.

All this, just for the sight of that damned donkey.

Essay Recommendation - Everything is Flowers

Not another short essay from me but one from Wyatt Mason, who writes quite insightfully about the poet Charles Baudelaire. Baudelaire, the first real Symbolist poet, wrote his most famous work The Flowers of Evil in his mid-thirties. He was not only known for his poetry, but also for his prose and criticism of contemporary art. Now that you know the basics, go on and read the essay over at Poetry Foundation. It is brilliant, trust me.

Excerpt from his poem Autumn (unknown translator)

It seems to me, swaying to these shocks, that someone

Is nailing down a coffin in a hurry somewhere.

For whom? -- It was summer yesterday; now it's autumn.

Echoes of departure keep resounding in the air.

Post Note

Fall and the coming of Winter can be cruel months (contrary to Eliot’s belief). Yet there are indeed ways to let the light back into your lives. A lit candle during dinnertime, the yearly re-watch of The Lord of the Rings, a hot chocolate in the morning. Shine bright and before we know it, Spring will return.

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