LIT BITS V3 #167
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 100 17:26:04 -0700
Subject: LIT BITS V3 #167
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Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR V3 #167
Today is Friday, 16 June 2000; on this day,
284 years ago (1716),
The first volume of Alexander Pope's translation of the _lliad_ is
published. Admonishes classical scholar Richard Bentley: "It is a
pretty poem, Mr. Pope, but you must not call it Homer."
193 years ago (1807),
Rev. John Skinner, the Aberdeenshire song writer, dies. (LS)
96 years ago (1904),
James Joyce meets Nora Barnacle, a chambermaid at Finn's Hotel,
Dublin, and takes her for a walk. This will become the day of Leopold
Bloom's fictional odyssey through Dublin in _Ulysses_--Bloomsday.
62 years ago (1938),
Joyce Carol Oates--teacher, critic, and prolific short story writer
and novelist (_Them_; _Bellefleur_)--is born in Lockport, New York.
Her work will depict violence and evil in modern society.
On the Beach at Fontana
Wind whines and whines the shingle,
The crazy pierstakes groan;
A senile sea numbers each single
From whining wind and colder
Gray sea I wrap him warm
And touch his trembling fineboned shoulder
And boyish arm.
Around us fear, descending
Darkness of fear above
And in my heart how deep unending
Ache of love!
© 2000 Peter Langston