Imago lacus

The picture above was taken by a dear friend, the American poet Debra Kang Dean (please do not use it without permission). I met Debra three years before, when I went to Walden to work with his late husband Brad, a great Thoreau scholar. Once we spent hours tracking this quotation: "Some men go fishing all their lives without ever realizing it's not fish they are after." We concluded that Thoreau never wrote it, but si non è vero...

Saturday, August 24, 2013


ez da dorre bat. Karratua
den eraikina lau kantoietan
dorreak dituena baizik.

isn’t really a tower. It’s a square

building with towers at each
of the four corners. [...]

 John Ashbery

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Here, hemen & Henry: "I think it would be a good discipline--for Channing--who writes poetry in a sublimo-slipshod style to write Latin--for then he would be compelled to say something always--and frequently have recourse to his grammar & dictionary."