Music as the Perfecting of Poetry: Liszt – Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (c. 1846)

Petrarch/Liszt, sonnet 104. “The effect of the abbaabba octave is truly remarkable. It is actually a blend of 3 brace-rhyme quatrains, since the middle 4 verses whose sounds overlap the others and echo their patterns, impress the reader with a similar sound pattern, thus, abBAABba.”(Alex Preminger, ed., Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics) Canzone CIV…

Self-portrait with Saskia

Lionello Puppi’s “Rembrandt”

Lionello Puppi’s is a fine, short work on Rembrandt. Aside from Rembrandt’s indisputable greatness, I am additionally drawn to him because he was born in the same town as I, Leiden, and studied, in Amsterdam, under Pieter Lastman, said to be “the most influential Dutch painter of the time,” and who greatly admired the Italian…

Ten minutes later, Beaver Lake, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada. 29 November 2015. (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

New Literary Work in Triadæ (Madrid & Toulouse)

Triadæ no. 5 is out, with three of my poems in the original English and in Spanish translation by Eva Gallud, who has translated my work before. Pp. 18-19. I happened to read her earlier translation yesterday afternoon at the weekly Poetic Justice event of the Royal City Literary Arts Society in New Westminster, BC. Coincidentally, one…