Saturday, December 20, 2008

Saturday's Marianne Moore

We look at imitation askance; but like the shell which the hermit-crab selects for itself, it has value -- the avowed humility, and the protection.

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 328

December 20, 2008

Saturday of the Third Week of Advent: O Clavis David.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday's Marianne Moore

One would rather disguise than travesty emotion; give away a nice thing than sell it; dismember a garment of rich aesthetic construction than degrade it to the utilitarian offices of the boneyard.

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 328

December 19, 2008

Friday of the Third Week in Advent: O Radix Iesse.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Seven random thoughts

1. They're predicting six to twelve inches of snow for metro-Boston tomorrow into Saturday morning.

2. When did people start saying "get out of Dodge"?

3. They're giving away books in Harvard Square. The little bookstand that had been selling books for $2 apiece is folding up the tent, closing shop, going out of business, so they're giving away their accumulated trove of literature. Found two books of poetry today!

4. The line in the post office was really long today.

5. I recall something Mother Angelica said long ago about December 18th having been called, "in the good old days," the Expectation of Mary. Has anyone else heard of this observance?

6. In exactly six months, I will be forty years old. Yikes!

7. How about those Celtics?

Thursday's Marianne Moore

Nevertheless, an indebted thing does not interest us unless there is originality underneath it.

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 328

December 18, 2008

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent: O Adonai.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday's Marianne Moore

It is correct and unnotorious for the race to perpetuate itself; committing adultery and disclaiming obligation is the suicide of personality, and the free spirit wearies of clarity in such matters.

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 298

December 17, 2008

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent. Beginning of the "O" Antiphons: O Sapientia, O Wisdom.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Latin Christmas carols!

At Gaudium Mundo. Three versions of Rudolph! (Four, if you count the one in the combox.)

Hat tip: Enbrethiliel, commenting at For Keats' Sake!

Tuesday's Marianne Moore

She was not a recluse, nor was her work, in her thought of it, something eternally sealed. Acquiescing in deferred publication she said, "My barefoot rank is better," because she valued her work too much to hurt it if greater stature for it could be ensured by delay.

From a review of Emily Dickinson's letters, from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 291

December 16, 2008

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mariani's biography of Hopkins

The New York Times, in the person of reviewer Blake Bailey, gives us a glance at Paul Mariani's biography of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Via the Poetry Foundation.

Monday's Marianne Moore

The lurking sense of an adhered-to attitude on the part of those who regard themselves as religious, stands in the way of what they might do for one. When we get away from the mystical, however, we put ourselves under the power of nature and nature is cruel.

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, pp. 284-5

December 15, 2008

Monday of the Third Week in Advent.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday's Marianne Moore

If one's hands are accomplished they are not one's hands but the hands of humanity.

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 283

December 14, 2008

Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday).