Issue 1

[Dante’s address to the reader in Paradiso: II: 1-7]

The Aura of Words

The Aura of Words

The silent despair of Dido for her husband’s murder is deafening. Mourning the loss of beauty seems not only to refer to the body of Sicheus, but to the entire humanity, which opiates the intricate effect of words and the aesthetic power of language.

Margit

Margit

It was like a boat – my grandmother would say of the house in which she spent the Christmas of 1944. In fact, the whole city felt like a boat; at least this is what Jan-Erik told them. Jan-Erik came from Sweden as a volunteer for the Red Cross.

Tractatus Logico Bibliophicus

Tractatus Logico Bibliophicus

Some verses of the Bible in symbolic logic. No guarantee that these are good translations. Translator’s discretion used more often than not for comedic effect rather than technical accuracy.

Atitlon

Atitlon

You never stand in the same river twice:

water flows ever onwards, ever careless;

no consequence except consequence itself.

Attempt No. 1

Attempt No. 1

hard going in this going light:
i see but darkly, phrase to phrase:
and in the gloaming, however slight

Dante’s Barca, Medieval, and Renaissance Italy

Dante’s Barca, Medieval, and Renaissance Italy

Dante writes in Paradiso about a ship, sailing out onto the sea alone. This image can act as a mirror, through which one can observe the world he lived in and the time which followed; the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Italy in the 1200s and onwards was a lonely ship treading dangerous waters.

Impromptu on Becoming Engaged

Impromptu on Becoming Engaged

Let me set down my reading of the stimulus — don’t you also prefer songs with clearly audible lyrics? Dante, as he opens his visions of Paradise, appears to be highly sensitive to the reader, knowing and fearing for the effect he might have on them.