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“Pain is always new to the sufferer, but loses its originality for those around him.”[1]   [1] Alphonse Daudet, La doulou: (la douleur), 1887-1895 (Paris: Librairie de France, 1930) p. 16; Julian Barnes (ed. and trans.) In the Land of Pain (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002) p. 19.    

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Passages: Three Dead Men In A Drunken Boat

Robert Lowell and Hank William dance with Field Commander Cohen A bad black and white movie, this dying in the back bench seat of a yellow New York taxi cab. Robert Trail Spence Lowell without the heart for the trip home, tips his head on his hoary chest, frees his depressed nuerons to collide with […]

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Passages; Lowell on Sunday and Roethke

Waking Early Sunday Morning  by Robert Lowell           For Theodore Roethke by Robert Lowell   “I LEAVE MY FATHER’S EYE”                      –  Theodore Roethke I stumble into the pool, my fall checked by the cleanest water until I put my head down my feet up. Enveloped by a field of […]

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PASSAGES FROM BLAKE’S MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL

                from Plate nine William Blake came up in a Bryan Sentes Facebook post, as good a reason as any to read passages from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Blake dines with Isiah and Ezekiel “The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, & […]

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PASSAGES

Having played Simon Stimson in our high school production of Our Town, it seemed fitting to become the choir director of the Glenlea Mennonite Church, pictured here. While this white clapboard structure wasn’t that different from most prairie churches, I always appreciated the windows you could look through, and as the sages say, they were […]

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Passages

I’ve been wondering why, as an unbeliever,  I am placing podcasts and passages on a Sunday, with an unexpected degree of reverence. I was planning to read something from  Salvation Blues, nominated for a Griffin and gifted to me by Maurice Mierau (thanks). It has “remained in circulation,” in  my homes and I still hope […]

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PASSAGES

      Billy Graham died last week at age 99. Here’s his long take on Devils and Demons. Sermons over 20 minutes, too long. But listen to the man’s voice for just a few minutes. I’ll archive this link in March. https://ca.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?hspart=adk&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt&param2=31c554ca-29d6-434c-8933-c334eadb054b&param3=email_100.3~CA~appfocus1&param4=googlesearch%2cg-v12-bb8~Firefox~Billy+Graham&param1=20171220&p=Billy+Graham&type=em_appfocus1_ff  

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Manitoba Interlake Grain of Sand Poetry Contest

Deadline April 26 2 pm, at the Interlake Gimli Klean-All Laundromat April is poetry month in North America. The League of Canadian Poets has chosen “Time” as Canada’s theme celebrating our 150th year since confederation. Considering the Interlake beaches (they’re under the snow and ice somewhere), A Grain of Sand has been adopted for the […]

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  Having finished with The Sad Phoenician we’ll be moving on, possibly to some Mennonite poets. Blue in Green by Miles Davis  to have green become blue. Or vice versa.

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