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Tupelo 30/30 Project – Day 24 – Pilgrims

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Some place in Xiamen!

with such sovereignty and biophilia
they rejoice in     laissez-aller
savor all with voracious     joie de vivre
pilgrimage this world minding not     manmade boundaries

on they go     eyes wide open arms extended chivunk     and grasp the infinite
attentive minds assure they’re bound to miss     nothing
theirs     is a non-stop journey towards     the unknown
they live it with plangent intensity     as it makes the most sense     to them
inebriated with each poetic     epic zapoi along their voyage
there’s mighty experience however hidden in everything life brings
these high-tech gitanos have learned how     to find it     seize it
they listen to the sages in their paths     repose
reflect on all they encounter     often lose themselves     in reverie
the expansiveness complexity of this universe is     intoxicating
just like a     bacio con la lingua     therein lies enduring puissance
ikigai     is in all they’ve seen all lives they’ve touched
saudades     shines through their smiles flows out of their stories

pilgrims howzit
unlock the door into your     parea     your peoples’ jambalaya
let me in and in return     I offer you     shīgē

 

Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta, my 2016 African pilgrimage.

 

 

“Elegy” by Leonard Cohen

Cohen in colors

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A watercolour illustration inspired by “Elegy,” the opening poem in Leonard Cohen’s very first poetry collection, Let Us Compare Mythologies, from 1956.Elegy

Elegy

Do not look for him
In brittle mountain streams:
They are too cold for any god;
And do not examine the angry rivers
For shreds of his soft body
Or turn the shore stones for his blood;
But in the warm salt ocean
He is descending through cliffs
Of slow green water
And the hovering coloured fish
Kiss his snow-bruised body
And build their secret nests
In his fluttering winding-sheet.

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“To Hell and Back” Illustrations

Words & images… beautifully combined here.

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To Hell and Back: An Anthology of Dante’s Inferno in English Translation was published a few days ago by John Benjamins (Amsterdam). Edited by  Tim Smith and Marco Sonzogni, the book runs through all 34 cantos of the Inferno twice, from I to XXXIV, and then in reverse order from XXXIV to I, with each of these 68 cantos culled from a different English translation of Dante’s masterpiece, ranging in date from the late eighteenth century to the present: https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/z.212/main

At the very centre of the book, between the two Canto XXXIVs, are two illustrations by yours truly, illustrating scenes from that final section:

In the last canto of Dante’s Inferno, the Florentine poet arrives at the center of the final circle of Hell, where he lays eyes on Lucifer himself. Here Hell has literally frozen over, and the Devil is described as encased up to his waist in ice…

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The Power and Importance of Compassion in Literature

There’s a line in one of my poems that goes: “Dearth of compassion inflicting the Earth…” In moments of crisis, it’s hard to find humanity, but it’s there… it’ll always be… hidden or lost as it may seem at times.

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I’ve been thinking about compassion lately. It’s impossible not to, with everything that’s going on in our world. Terrorist attacks, increased racial tensions, insensitivity toward other minority groups, and the most vitriolic U.S. presidential election I can remember (notice the timing of this post, fellow Americans?)… From a social perspective, 2016 has been a bleak year, and I’m deeply worried about where we as a society are heading.

But let’s not discuss politics. Instead, let’s focus on a topic that I think many of us will agree on: the power of compassion in literature. By compassion, I mean moments when characters show kindness, mercy, and similar qualities. These actions can draw us closer to those characters, move us to tears, and make those stories all the more memorable. And during these turbulent times in our world, finding – and writing – stories that demonstrate compassion may be more important than ever.

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