Wednesday, July 23

This and That - Norma Cole

"... I think to myself again that I would like someday to read this memoir. Maybe in the summer—still thinking of summertime as 'halcyon' days. I look up 'halcyon' just to see if it’s still there. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary tells me that as a noun, it’s a kingfisher (now I need to reread [Charles] Olson’s 'Kingfishers,' What does not change / is the will to change); and as an adjective it’s calm, peaceful, happy & golden. Ah. But a kingfisher. It is actually 'a bird identified with the kingfisher and held in ancient legend to nest at sea about the time of the winter solstice and to calm the waves during incubation.'"
Poetry Foundation
Poetry Foundation: "The Kingfishers" By Charles Olson

2009 January: Charles Olson, 2009 April: Rockport Harbor, 2010 September: Charles Olson: The Art of Poetry No. 12, 2010 December: "In Cold Hell, in Thicket", NET film, 2011 July: Charles Olson: February 21, 1957, 2012 April: A Trip to Charles Olson’s Gloucester, 2012 June: In Which We Lather Our Sensibilities At Length, 2013 January: Mass.Charles Olson, 2013 May: The Maximus Poems, 2013 November: A Guide to The Maximus Poems of Charles Olson.

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