japonisme: spring

21 March 2010



As when far off in the middle of the ocean
A breast-shaped curve of wave begins to whiten
And rise above the surface, then rolling on
Gathers and gathers until it reaches land
Huge as a mountain and crashes among the rocks
With a prodigious roar, and what was deep
Comes churning up from the bottom in mighty swirls
Of sunken sand and living things and water —
So in the springtime every race of people
And all the creatures on earth or in the water,
Wild animals and flocks and all the birds
In all their painted colors, all rush to charge
Into the fire that burns them: love moves them all.


translated by Robert Pinsky
The Threepenny Review

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello LG,
You reminded me Miyagi Michio's "Haru no Umi", with Renée Chemet playing violin (1932) /Victor VZCG-534/ and Skalkottas - The Sea- The Trawler(Η Τράτα) on youtube with pictures by Sugimoto. Happy spring! D

22 March, 2010 04:45  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

what wonderful associations. thank you d

22 March, 2010 08:33  
Blogger Yoli said...

You just reminded me of the power that art has to move the soul. Beautiful image to accompany Virgil's words.

23 March, 2010 10:15  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

how beautifully said, yoli-- thanks. that image is one of the first i discovered i came across from this era, and me too, it blew me away, and has never been forgotten.

23 March, 2010 11:16  
Blogger Diane Dehler said...

These are just gorgeous!

23 March, 2010 21:38  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i'm so glad we share that, princess

23 March, 2010 21:42  

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