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Reflections of a working writer and reader



Posts added in February 2011

Two Beat Poets

“There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up. There were cases, I knew them, someday someone will write about them.” […]

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

After a string of novels which failed to fully engage me it was a pleasure to pick this one up. Toibin is the master of understatement and he has the ability to write youth with all the elegance of a Scott-Fitzgerald. In the following passage Eilis spends Christmas helping out with the homeless: After a […]

A Door Opening

Late Ripeness by Czeslaw Milosz Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year, I felt a door opening in me and I entered the clarity of early morning. One after another my former lives were departing, like ships, together with their sorrow. And the countries, cities, gardens, the bays of seas assigned […]

The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor When at last you got the news That took you over the cliff edge Into the black crevasse of all that’s feared – Loss of children, future, the ordinary rich pleasures Of this difficult life, and your spirits sank In the cold currents of a black lake. Then came the good doctor […]