Sunday, August 28, 2005

ah ... nasturtiums ... finally achieve their moment in the sun ...

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one example of iris's ... uh ... range ...

Adelman Letters and Documents Collection - I | Special Collections | Bryn Mawr College Library

Iris, (Federico) Scharmel, 1889-1967. Bread and Hyacinths: with a preface attributed to Woodrow Wilson

1 item (79 p. on 79 leaves) ; 29 x 22 cm
TMs. Bound into the original typewritten manuscript is a typewritten preface purportedly signed by Woodrow Wilson and dictated by him to Maurice Francis Egan. Wilson preface declares 'I would rather have written 'After the Martyrdom' than to have been the President of the United States.' But, see Abbott, Craig, S. 'The Case of Scharmel Iris,'
Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 77 (1983): 15-34, which discusses the large number of forgeries of letters of recommendation associated with Iris's publications.
With a typewritten letter from Egan to Iris discussing Wilson's admiration of Iris's poetry.

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you never know what the tide will carry in ... last week i had a brief, interesting exchange with a fellow who was doing research for the biography of a character named Scharmel Iris ... he stumbled upon a page from my high school journal in which i mention Iris and present one of his poems ... i told him what i knew - or thought i knew - about Iris ... and he replied ...

Years ago I wrote an article exposing some of Iris's plagiarism, forgery, and so on. It appeared in 1983, in the quarterly Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. Since then, I've gotten access to Iris's papers at Lewis University (where he lived for many years) and have discovered much more.

But your memory is not so out of whack as you might suppose. He did hang out at the Printer's Ink. The purple book was the
Judgment Seat (1965). It did have a dust jacket blurb attributed (falsely) to Pound. It was published with the help of Joliet-area "sponsors." Its introduction, although attributed to Dame Edith Sitwell, is at least in part Iris's work--just as was the Yeats preface to his Bread Out of Stone (1954).

But Iris (born Federico Scaramella in Italy in 1889) did have a bit of contact with some great modernists. He did hang out at the offices of Harriet Monroe's
Poetry magazine at about the time of its founding in 1912. He attended, in Chicago, the magazine's banquet for Yeats. He corresponded (often under false pretenses and under several names) with Pound and others. His portrait was drawn by Augustus John and by Diego Rivera. He also told tall tales about his life and contacts.

He also manipulated Bishop Sheil and Archbishop Stritch, who evidently got him the money for a trip to Europe and for publication of some religious verse (Seven Hills of the Dove). Sheil got him the place to stay at Lewis.

He had some talent as a poet. Most of his work, though, seems written in imitation of others. In fact, some is plagiarized.

Craig Abbott
Professor Emeritus
Northern Illinois University

quite a tale ... i wonder where that old purple book might be ... buried in a box at mom's ... or long gone ...

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

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sure i know from recent adventures with the right leg that ... one thing leads to another ... but it's not always ... or even mostly ... a malicious principle ... take for instance ... this: i've got this large double-paned window that's been all fogged for as long as i've known it ... dom decided it was time to take action ... so the glass guys showed up the other day ... only to say that my windows are not only "the cheapest windows we've ever seen" but also some really irregular size ... so they'll be back ... but before they can install, i've got to move all these books and piles of stuff out of their way ... and i've been thinking i need to transfer some/many of said books over to my classroom ... and so today i've begun that tricky moving-sorting-shifting-dusting job i've promised me all summer long ... three big boxes so far ... but it's hardly noticeable ... barely a scratch ... if yr a book-accumulator like me, you understand ... not even a nick ... like trying to lower lake michigan one coffee-cup at a time ... but ... it's all good

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linton kwesi johnson on mutabaruka

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some notion to mix coffee with the hives cranked to twenty-one up close in my ears ... get a different kind of life ... not Life but one kind of it ... full of caffeine and big beats ... you wouldn't want this forever but it's not too shabby now and then ... especially now ... thinking of poor souls who ... got no hives ... or coffee

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Friday, August 26, 2005

at this very moment i'm playing hookie from our first pep rally ... not because there's no oxygen in the small gym (though there's not much) but because my calf and knee started talking to my brain ... sit ... go sit ... so here i am ... and it's the first real friday of the school year ... which is just ... special

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William Bradford: Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wild beasts and wild men?

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covenant theology ...
The Puritans believed that they had formed a 'covenant,' or contract with God. Like the Old Testament Hebrews, they felt themselves to be a 'chosen nation,' the people through whom God would fulfill his divine plan on earth. Their covenant, however, was not the same as the Old Testament covenant God had formed with the Israelites. The coming of Christ had changed the terms of the contract, enabling them to live under a 'covenant of grace.' Right behavior would follow from their acceptance of and faith in the covenant. On an individual level, Puritans agonized over the status of their covenant with God, but as a group they were more confident. Having entered into voluntary church covenants, and thus into a kind of national covenant with God, they were assured of the centrality of their role in God's cosmic plan.

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Bookbinding - Wikipedia

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sixty-one years ago today ... my mom and dad got married ... the rest is history

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Summer 2001 Michigan Today--Theodore Roethke, Michigan's poet

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

aw heck where's nick?

aw gee where's more fait accompli?

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American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement: A Digital Library and Learning Center

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The Iroquois Constitution

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fifty-five years ago my mother had a baby ... it turned out to be me ... imagine that!


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Monday, August 22, 2005

Navajo Creation Story

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Independent Online Edition > new old dylan tapes ...
But now Bob Dylan's performance as a hobo guitarist in the BBC drama The Madhouse on Castle Street is causing a buzz among music fans with the news that the tracks are set to be broadcast again for the first time in more than 40 years.

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The Globe and Mail: Young unveils new album in Nashville ...
"It sure is great to be here with all of you."

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