Sorry to waste band width,but I forgot to say
thanks muchly, as well.
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From: "Peter Montgomery" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2007 1:50 AM
Subject: Re: Boundaries of Poetry
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> From: "Rickard A Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 3:06 AM
> Subject: Re: Boundaries of Poetry
> > Peter Montgomery wrote:
> > >
> > > I'm still curious about how a corpse can sprout,
> > > unless it's just a euphemism for the euphemism
> > > about pushing up daisies. Doesn't seem weighty
> > > enough, like the Conrad epigraph Pound didn't like.
> > Possibly the sprouting here means the disinterment of the corpse
> > by the Dog/Wolf. It's not a pretty image and may be totally
> > wrong for the poem.
> > I did some looking around for information on Adonis gardens and
> > found a nice page at
> > http://frankhesse.com/engl/projekte/adonisgaertchen/index.html
> > Frank Hesse (from Zuruck) produced an art project on Adonis and
> > did quite a bit of research (not cited though). Here are two
> > paragraphs with sprouting and dogs among the themes:
> > The gardens of Adonis describe fragile clay dishes in which fledgling
> > crops are yielded. Wheat, barley, lettuce and fennel seeds are
> > in the dark so as to produce pale shoots. During the Adonis festival,
> > the women of ancient Athens placed the dish-crops on the roofs of
> > their houses, where they danced, sang and played with friends and
> > neighbours all night, in honour of Adonis.The Adonis festival begins
> > with the rising of the dog star, Sirius. It's appearance, just before
> > sunrise on the 27 July, indicates the start of the annual days of the
> > dog. During these days, Sirius presides over plants and humans. The
> > humans will suffer heat stroke and sunburn, while the plants and the
> > cultures will be struck with sideratio. The siriasis finds its
> > victims among the infants, the weakest human offspring, while the
> > sideratio befalls the young shrubbery and plants whose roots are not
> > yet strong enough to draw the indispensable moisture form deep in the
> > soil.
> > The humans are half parched and dying of thirst, like those
> > unfortunate beings, who are tortured by thirst and at the same time
> > stricken with an aversion to water, because they were allegedly
> > by dogs, which, due to the searing seasonal heat, have become mad.
> > women are at their most lascivious at this time, and the men are at
> > their weakest. Sirius sinks their heads and knees, and the heat dries
> > their skin out.
> > Regards,
> > Rick Parker
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