Archive for 2019

  • East of the Setting Sun

    East of the Setting Sun

    November 28th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | No Comments

    South of the border among the pluripresence of jellied heat, east of the setting sun, inNogales, Mexico, where this sort of thing can occur,you glimpse, twenty-five meters off the shoulder of the road, a Mexican lady, walkingalone: black-haired, slender, sun-soaked. Her arms are bare and glow with toffee-colored skin, the wet black eyes friendly yet […]

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  • Oscar Wilde: Anniversary of His Death & the Wildest Misconceptions about Oscar

    November 19th, 2019 | Oscar Wilde | journalpulp | No Comments

    Oscar Wilde, the last of the great and hopelessly flamboyant, whose full name was Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, is, perhaps because of his flamboyance and his fame — a fame which ended in scandal and tragedy — frequently misrepresented and misconceived. He died 119 years ago this month. I offer here three of the […]

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  • Petrarch, Shakespeare, and Sonnet 73

    November 15th, 2019 | Shakespeare | journalpulp | No Comments

    The Italian poet Petrarch (1304-1374) did not invent the Petrarchan sonnet. It was perhaps first used by Dante (1265-1321) and then later by many of Dante’s contemporaries and imitators. But Petrarch’s excellence with the form — especially when celebrating his beloved Laura — made the form much more widely known, so that even into the […]

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  • Two Poems

    Two Poems

    October 19th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    I You came to me in a dream last night.Ghostly and dark, you were dressed in flowing white.Your hair hung long. Your eyes were light. You stood nearand spoke in a whisper that I could not hear.Together we walked through the desolate roomsof a strange house, where faint perfumesspiked the air. Outside, the wind blew […]

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  • Highway 66

    Highway 66

    October 12th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Thin blue highway hugging the soft edge of night, along this strange western town burningwith tangerine lightlike a necklace laid across a swellof grass, over some vast New Mexican plain,it fills me with a yearningI’ve never quite been able to quell,or explain.

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  • June 4th: the 30-year Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

    June 4th: the 30-year Anniversary of Tiananmen Square

    June 4th, 2019 | Uncategorized | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    This recent tweet captures the half-assed distinction Marx tried to make between so-called bourgeois property and personal property: On the thirtieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre — when the totalitarian socialist government of China quashed, with extreme force, a political uprising by the people of China who rebelled at last against the obliteration of […]

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