Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Off The Shelf Archive~January

We are halfway through the month and it just occurred to me that, other than online, I hadn't even read any poetry since before the Xmas horrordays. So last night I got out my Lorca, and lost my connection to reality for several hours in his ability to visualize the minefield of the subconscious in all the colors and tastes of surrealism. Then I realized it was, coincidentally, time for an update  of my reclusive and little read feature, the Off the Shelf thing, and I just was not in the mood for any more Poe right now, soooo...you will find one of the poems that I enjoyed, Qasida of the Prone Woman, by Federico Garcia Lorca,  here, in the Off The Shelf Archives.

Here is a short bio of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca at The Poetry Foundation for those interested, and they have several of his poems there also..


Last month's Poe selection, for a final read before it disappears into the archives:


~by Edgar Allen Poe

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view. 

Top Image: Detail from The Death and Ascension of St Francis, 1300, by Giotto.
Footer Image: The Demon, 1909, by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
Both Public Domain, via wikipaintings.org


  1. poe was one of the first poetry books i ever owned...it was a school trip to DC in the 4th grade, back when they used to do that...while most got stuff from a sports store, i got a leather bound collection of all of poe's works...i was an oddball...but i still have it on my shelf....

  2. Hard to hang on to books through all the changes, but I still have the Dylan Thomas I got for my 18th Christmas. Poe is a good thing to have sitting on the shelf, bri. I've just recently replaced my old Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

  3. lovely. (I wonder if the demon was elephant shaped.) (Maybe not.) (But you never know.) k.


"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." ~William Butler Yeats

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