The suitcase of Hermes

Why do the English love Keats so?

Isabella and the Pot of Basil by William Holman Hunt, 1868 (Public Domain)

MULTIPLE AUTHORS The year 2021 is not just the anniversary of Dante’s death 700 years ago but also that of Keats 200 years ago. Fitting therefore to reflect on his life and poetry. The key question is why Keats holds…

Looking Backward for Moving Forward

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PAUL SCOTT DERRICK This offers two bodies of work that have grown from roots planted deep in the ancient Chinese book of wisdom, the I Ching (or Book of Changes). It isn’t my purpose to interpret or to apply any…

Juvenile Magnolia

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STEPHEN WILSON All year long I’ve been waiting on the promise of a light green cocoon whose size increased in almost imperceptible increments its tepals unable to free themselves yet always on the point of budburst as if something inside…

My Mother’s Garden

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CLAUDIO SOTTOCORNOLA Regarding beauty, care, responsibility…   In March 2003, when my mother unexpectedly left us, in part due to some human errors and omissions, I immediately became aware of the contrast between her way of being — generous, giving,…

Dante: An English Perspective

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NICK PARKER Dante has been one of those undercurrents, a kind of basso continuo, in my life since I first encountered him forty years ago.  When I lived in Alessandria in the late 70s, I was fortunate in having a…