From the monthly archives:

February 2015


by Kim on February 28, 2015

“Bitter-Sweet” is one my favourite poems of the Welsh-born English poet George Herbert, who died on Dydd Gwyl Dewi (St. David’s Day - March 1st) in 1633. John Drury ends his magnificent Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert (2013) with it, “one of [Herbert's] consummately crafted miniatures”.
Ah my dear angry Lord,
Since [...]


The recurring “American nightmare”

by Kim on February 21, 2015

Fifty years ago — February 21st, 1965 — Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City.
Ten months earlier, at Cory Methodist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, Malcolm had declaimed: “No, I’m not American. I’m one of the 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanization. One of the … victims of democracy, nothing [...]