LIT BITS V3 #279
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 100 17:40:58 -0700
Subject: LIT BITS V3 #279
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Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR V3 #279
Today is Friday, 6 October 2000; on this day,
153 years ago (1847),
Charlotte Bronte's _Jane Eyre_--appearing under the pseudonym Currer
Bell--is published in London by Smith, Elder it is an immediate
success. Visit the Bronte Society homepage and Bronte Country.
105 years ago (1895),
Caroline Gordon, novelist (_The Strange Children_) and critic (_How
to Read a Novel_), is born in Todd County, Kentucky.
86 years ago (1914),
Thor Heyerdahl, author of _Kon-Tiki_, is born in Larvik, Norway.
70 years ago (1930),
William Faulkner's novel _As I Lay Dying_ is published.
21 years ago (1979),
After writing a travel book, _Brazil_ (1962), translating from the
Portuguese Alice Brant's Brazilian classic _The Diary of Helena Morley_
(1957), editing and translating _An Anthology of Twentieth-Century
Brazilian Poetry_ (1972), and teaching at Harvard University from 1970
to 1977, American poet Elizabeth Bishop, dies in Boston.
The still explosions on the rocks,
the lichens, grow
by spreading, gray, concentric shocks.
They have arranged
to meet the rings around the moon, although
within our memories they have not changed.
And since the heavens will attend
as long on us,
you've been, dear friend,
precipitate and pragmatical;
and look what happens. For Time is
nothing if not amenable.
The shooting stars in your black hair
in bright formation
are flocking where,
so straight, so soon?
-- Come, let me wash it in this big tin basin,
battered and shiny like the moon.
© 2000 Peter Langston