to get the gist (R8)


to get the gist   of The Herald of the Coming Good— an appeal to Contemporary Humanity to prevent the manifestations of Tzvarnoharno (or ‘something’) which forms itself by seemingly natural process in the communal life of people as an outcome of the ill-considered actions of so-called common people and leads to the destruction of […]

What is book-learning? (R8)


Book-learning often has a bad press. Mere book-learning, they spit out between pursed lips… But it’s worth asking exactly what one does get from books… The short answer might be that it depends what you do with the words you ingest. The longer answer is, perhaps, that it all depends on what is happening to […]

The Home of the Inner Life (R8)


I’m a sucker for rescuing from second-hand book shops old books that nobody else ever reads; apart from an overwhelmingly sentimental feeling for neglected things, neglected books & authors, neglected music, neglected children, dogs & cats, old houses & their neglected gardens, it seems to me that there is strength & bouyancy in all neglected […]

Poems Sort of Found in Wallace Stevens’ The Necessary Angel


poetry is a satisfying of the desire for resemblance its singularity is that in satisfying the desire for resemblance it touches the sense of reality enhances    heightens   intensifies it and when the similarity is between things of adequate dignity the resemblance transfigures: the brilliance of earth is the brilliance of every paradise * you the […]

Renewing an Old Acquaintance (R7)


(For Sarah—for mentioning Montaigne during an Enneagram workshop) For some strange reason, ‘Christmas’ offers many people an opportunity  for a peculiar kind of celebration which seems to entail spending vast amounts of money. Over ‘Christmas’ 2011 I decided I’d celebrate in a peculiar manner by re-reading the selected essays of Michel de Montaigne. I first […]

Found Poems (R7)


Preamble About thirty years ago I became stuck in this double-bind: while I was spending time reading I had the feeling that I was wasting time when I could have been writing; while I was focussed on writing I developed the trance of feeling that writing was getting in the way of reading. When you’re […]