Final January Small Stone–Jan. 31, 2014


The final January reading from A Year with Rilke is titled The One Who Is Coming,  which, once again I found on the blog, A Year with Rilke, from 2011. Thank you to Lorenzo and Ruth for their postings that gave me a way to share many of the readings with everyone who reads my small stones.

AYEARWRILKEMy stone for today was inspired partly by Rilke, but, especially for my ModPo friends, I also included a little bit of Emily Dickinson here.

Jan. 31, 2014

–Do you not see how all that is happening is ever again a new beginning?
from “The One Who Is Coming”, Letters to a Young Poet, Rome, Dec. 23, 1903 A Year with Rilke

English: The 24 hour tower clock face in Venice

Each day begins and all
is possibility, hours stretched
with hope and good intention.

Each blank page calls for its companions,
words of the poet, each rising above
the lesser words of yesterday.

Shall we not move forward then
with eagerness and passion—
for today, for life, for— THIS—?

24-hours-clock painted by Paolo Uccello in San...

Astronomical Clock (Astronomical Dial), Prague...

Astronomical Clock (Astronomical Dial), Prague, Czech Republic (Photo credit: Grufnik)

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No-Comfort Zone Week ending October 7, 2012

Today marks the last day of week 4, ModPo. This course continues to be my main focus, and a challenge too. We have now handed in two assignments and studied quite a few Proto-Modern and Modern poets. We’ve looked at Imagists, including Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, eaten plums with William Carlos Williams

English: Passport photograph of American poet ...

and visited In a Station in the Metro with Ezra Pound. We’ve gone to A Supermarket in California with Allen Ginsberg. We’ve taken a look at Marcel Duchamp‘s inverted urinal,

Fountain from Marcel Duchamp

Fountain, and puzzled over his Nude Descending a Staircase.

At the next stop, we paused to read from Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein, pondering Water Raining and Malachite, The Long Dress.

Portrait of Gertrude Stein, with American flag...


We stopped awhile to hear her as she recited If I Told Him, then continued on to a mad barroom with the Baroness Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven. We even attempted creating our own Dadaist poem following Tristan Tzara‘s instruction, before pausing to rest on a sonnet by John Peale Bishop, A Recollection. Check that one out, looking for its hidden and impolite message!

By the way, here are some  Kelly Writers House folks, shown below. Looks like it was an interesting event!

English: Participants at a Kelly Writers House...

English: Participants at a Kelly Writers House event honoring Gertrude Stein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next week, we review this week’s assignments before moving along to Ruth Lechlitner and Genevieve Taggard. Then we visit Countee Cullen, Claude McKay and Robert Frost. And quickly along to Richard Wilbur and  X.J. Kennedy. All of these poets are new to me, except of course for Robert Frost. But I am not familiar with the poem we ‘ll study, Mending Wall.  All in all, a busy week coming up!

All photos courtesy Wikipedia where not otherwise stated.