Lifting the Veil

“Spring Cloud Study” by John Constable Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on October 24, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary We began the meeting with a few...

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“Alle Menschen” by Novalis

At the meeting of the local Section group on April 18, 2020, we discussed one of the very last poems that Novalis wrote: “Alle Menschen seh ich Leben.” This prompted a lively dialogue concerning translation. I hope we can continue this discussion in future meetings....

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Apprentices & Fairy Tales

Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on October 17, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary We started our meeting a bit early at 6:40 to allow more time for...

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Hyazinth & Rosenblütchen

As reported earlier, the local Section group in Fair Oaks has spawned a sub-group devoted to working with fairy tales in the spirit of Novalis. This initiative arose directly from the local weekly Section work with Novalis on Zoom for the past six months. The...

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Apprentices of Sais

“Still Life” by Suri Oru Here is a summary of the recent weekly Section for Literary Arts & Humanities meeting of the local group in Fair Oaks, CA. This meeting occurred on October 10, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting Summary We made slight changes to the rhythm of our...

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Rilke Part 1 Sonnet 21 “Fruhling ist weidergekommen”

“Wildly Dancing Children” by Emil Nolde Frühling ist wiedergekommen [Spring has returned] Part 1, Sonnet 21. English Translation by Bruce Donehower. “Spring has returned. The earth is like a child who knows some poetry; quite a bit, actually. Lots . . . Complainers,...

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Hyacinth & Rosebud

As reported earlier, the local Section group in Fair Oaks has spawned a sub-group devoted to working with fairy tales in the spirit of Novalis. This initiative arose directly from the local weekly Section work with Novalis on Zoom for the past six months. The...

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Book Review: Fine Matter

A Review of Philip Thatcher’s Fine Matter by Fred Dennehy Fred’s review first appeared in the 2020 summer/fall issue of Being Human. Owen Barfield, in characterizing the experience of poetry as "a felt change of consciousness," goes on to pinpoint poetic pleasure to...

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Rilke Part 1 Sonnet 20 “Dir aber Herr”

“Claude, two years old, and his hobby horse,” by Pablo Picasso Dir aber, Herr, o was weih ich dir, sag . . . [O what can I dedicate to you, o Lord? Speak . . . ] Part 1, Sonnet 20. English Translation by Bruce Donehower. “O what can I dedicate to you, o Lord? Speak!...

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Rilke Part 2 Sonnet 1 “Atmen”

“God creates man and gives him breath” by Marc Chagall Atmen, du unsichtbares Gedicht! [Breath, you invisible poem!] Part 2 Sonnet 1. English Translation by Bruce Donehower. “Breath, you invisible poem! Back and forth, back and forth, exchanging in and out world space...

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