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A String of Flowers, Untied . . .: Love Poems from The Tale by Murasaki Shikibu, Jane Reichhold

By Murasaki Shikibu, Jane Reichhold

Expressions of ardour and heartbreak, written through Murasaki Shikibu 1,000 years in the past, go beyond time and tradition during this new translation of the poetry within the first 33 chapters of the story of Genji. it's the courting among the novel's characters and the poetry that creates the wonder and sustained erotic tone of woman Murasaki's tale. For the 1st time, those four hundred+ poems are provided within the more and more well known structure of tanka (5-7-5-7-7), besides prolonged notes that exhibit the hidden information and intensity of that means in Murasaki's actual and fictional worlds.

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Together otter & i witness raw logs floating down the Fraser accelerated export to empires south & east of us quickly doubling sales of tree kill, when we, the moose & the murrelets want the trees here, alive tree care is self-care ship’s whistle blasts, deep & foggy once manned by Captain Drinkwater, trans Samson calls shallow, steady & strong, she faces the port where mazdas & audis enter as raw logs exit, the engine of capitalist ideology attacks the river constant container activity as swallows zip, seagulls dive ladybug, bee, placid mandarin ducks, humans promenade flip through Meteorology for Seamen & The Theory and 49 Practice of Seamanship on the desk where does the museum exhibit begin & end?

33 34 too long a sacrifice can make a toxin of the earth. o when may it suffice? we burn ancient sunlight & petrified ancestors like there’s no tomorrow dig & draw up dirt so relentlessly we tip toward stranglehold does capitalism’s “progress” induce collapse? ed said, “everything’s been touched by oil” i look through plastic glasses caught under petroleum by-product lenses first unwitting then unwilling recipient of profit-seeking pillage sickening scale stunned with eerie disquiet escalating horror pulses carcinogens every which way brutal menace monstrous crime scene poison & violence leaking into the Athabasca river to the fast-melting Arctic systemic amnesia operates on the earth’s forest green skin cuts out life with detached, sociopathic precision, 35 overburdens pines & birches dead ducks, canaries in the coal mine, turgid trout, delusional destruction spreads out explosive & erosive, manufactured discontent digs for more, more, more mammoth gashes extracted till abandoned like so many arrogant american swimming pools in the desert or chinese dams big enough to make the planet tremble for days imperial delirium’s race to the bottom at the expense of the watchers an expanse of hidden relations disregarded for distraction, an immature culture pumped on blunt ambition, hydrocarbon hubris, such malignant pustules to be shrugged off by intensifying storms & quakes banal tyranny, drunk-on-god trick, devastating heists from the banks of the river scarring the earth scaring the unborn who hover, wondering what meets them ?

Ed said, “everything’s been touched by oil” i look through plastic glasses caught under petroleum by-product lenses first unwitting then unwilling recipient of profit-seeking pillage sickening scale stunned with eerie disquiet escalating horror pulses carcinogens every which way brutal menace monstrous crime scene poison & violence leaking into the Athabasca river to the fast-melting Arctic systemic amnesia operates on the earth’s forest green skin cuts out life with detached, sociopathic precision, 35 overburdens pines & birches dead ducks, canaries in the coal mine, turgid trout, delusional destruction spreads out explosive & erosive, manufactured discontent digs for more, more, more mammoth gashes extracted till abandoned like so many arrogant american swimming pools in the desert or chinese dams big enough to make the planet tremble for days imperial delirium’s race to the bottom at the expense of the watchers an expanse of hidden relations disregarded for distraction, an immature culture pumped on blunt ambition, hydrocarbon hubris, such malignant pustules to be shrugged off by intensifying storms & quakes banal tyranny, drunk-on-god trick, devastating heists from the banks of the river scarring the earth scaring the unborn who hover, wondering what meets them ?

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