Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Year Day

Uncle in Swedish means farbror or morbror - father's brother or mother's brother, likewise, aunt in Swedish means faster or moster - father's sister or mother's sister.

My uncle was born on leap year day -

From Lila Mors Jul Bok, 1923

This little pretty children shoe I got in the summer in Germany in / my cousin's well-stocked children's room, a little eruption of the / running-rampant knitting and crochet epidemic. It adapts itself / as a sock for the child, before it begins to walk, but also / lightly enlarges for a larger child as a slipper. / The crochet is the so-called "tunesian" crochet, perhaps you know /
this, otherwise you have perhaps some good friend who can show / you. I will however attempt to / guide and describe this: the directions follow. (by someone named Lise)

Ära och Guld - Honor and Gold

T. h.: Från Nobelfesten i Konserthuset: pristagaren i litteratur T.S. Eliot har just ur kronprinsens hand mottagit sitt pris. Dessförinnan hade kronprinsen på tre språk halsat till nobelpristagarna från kung Gustaf. De kungliga deltagarna i nobelfesten är som synes, fr. v . prinsessan Ingeborg, prins Bertil, kronprinsessan, kronprinsen, prinsessan Sybilla, prins Wilhelm och prins Carl.

A photograph in a January Husmodern, 1949. To the right - From the Nobel Prize event at the Concert House - Prize winner in literature T.S. Eliot has just received from the crown prince's hand his prize. Before the crown prince had in three languages greeted the prize winners from King Gustaf. The royal delegation to the nobel prize event are from the left, - Princess Ingeborg, Prince Bertil, the Crown Princess, the Crown Prince, Princess Sybilla, Prince Wilhelm and Prince Carl.

Time present and time past / Are both perhaps present in time future, / And time future contained in time past.

begins The Four Quartets.

What is the late November doing / with the disturbance of the spring?

The Four Quartets are about time, and this is leap year day.

Try to find the pussy willows in the picture above.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Negative Shapes

I have added Negative Shapes to my list of poems on the blog. I read the poem at Point Defiance Park when a number of poets read during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the park.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Lunar Eclipse

Someone mentioned the lunar eclipse - I went outside to see that the moon was coming back, it just looks rounder and a different color. I biked to a higher place years ago to look at the eclipse and biked back watching this different presence that made all the usual bike area seem changed.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day

For Valentine's Day the statues at Wright Park have had the Project Drop Cloths taken down. They are on new pedestals.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Watch the Rally at the Fieldhouse

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Hillary Clinton Rally at Fieldhouse

At the Dancing Maidens I sank into the mud at each step, but I kept going quickly and my shoes did not get swallowed. I was going to go to the rally at the U.P.S. Fieldhouse for Hillary Clinton - I had to turn around and put on different shoes. All these years I have been lucky to live close to the park so I could jog around like so many do. Twenty years about two blocks from the park so I was still in familiar space. I caught a different bus and waited an hour and a half in line. The Dancing Maidens are covered in see-through tarp because of the big project.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Corsage (A Poem from the 1980's)

With the list of my poems I have included Corsage, a poem that was in Ploughshares that appears on line.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Focus the Nation

Focus the Nation mattered - I looked at web cams of the University of Washington but could not see any difference from any other day. According to the U of Washington Daily, the event they had was indoors at the Husky Union Building. Their web cams of the cherry trees in the quad are effective, and should happen this year soon.