Bright Eyes - Drunk Kid Catholic
Open Culture digs up T.S. Eliot’s illustrated cover for Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – later famously illustrated by the great Edward Gorey – and the author’s handwritten, hand-drawn manuscripts.
Pair with J.R.R. Tolkien’s illustrations for the original edition of The Hobbit and E.B. White’s rare illustrated manuscripts for Charlotte’s Web.
And are you reading the always-stimulating Open Culture? Okay, good.
Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky.
we are slaves to hopes that have run to
— Charles Bukowski, “hogs in the sky”
… but the whole world is like this:
nobody knows what they are supposed to know—
— Charles Bukowski, “kaakaa & other immolations”
I think good poetry should startle, shatter and,
yes, entertain while getting as close to the truth as
— Charles Bukowski, "on the sunny banks of the university"
All your beauty, all your wit, is a gift, my dear, From me.
— Sylvia Plath, Soliloquy of the Solipsist
I walk alone;
The midnight street
Spins itself from under my feet; When my eyes shut
These dreaming houses all snuff out; Through a whim of mine
Sylvia Plath, Soliloquy of the Solipsist
My soul, dressed in silence, rises up
and stands alone before you: can’t you see?
— Rainer Maria Rilke, I am, O Anxious One. Don’t you hear my voice
Love as two spirits merging,” he thinks,
“the flesh growing luminous and then transparent.
— Jack Gilbert, "Factoring" from The Great Fires: Poems, 1982-1992