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...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Learning Icelandic


For a week I say nothing,
understand only a little.
Without words, I’m lighter;
float around more
than I have for years.
Give me an order...
I’ll walk away,
over the cliff, smiling.

Bill Holm
The Dead Get by with Everything (Milkweed, 1991)

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