Palace Courtyard, Evening, Cecil Arthur Hunt. (1873 - 1965)
Emmanuel Levinas talking about Maurice Blanchot, two men who have changed my life irreparably
Donald Sultan (American, b. 1951), Oranges on a Branch, March 14, 1992, 1992. Tar, spackle, oil on tiles over masonite, 97 1/2 x 96 3/4 x 5 1/8 in.
Federico García Lorca, Gacela of Unforeseen Love, trans. W. S. Mervin. From “Divan del Tamarit.”
"This work, never published in book form, was written in honor of the Arabic-Grenadine poets. The title is taken from two Arabic words: divan means a collection of poems, and Tamarit is the ancient name of a place near Granada where the poet’s family owned a country house."
No one understood the perfume
of the dark magnolia of your womb.
No one knew that you tormented
a hummingbird of love between your teeth.
A thousand Persian ponies fell asleep
in the moonlit plaza of your forehead,
while through four nights I embraced
your waist, enemy of the snow.
Between plaster and jasmines, your glance
was a pale branch of seeds.
I sought in my heart to give you
the ivory letters that say always,
always, always: garden of my agony,
your body elusive always,
the blood of your veins in my mouth,
your mouth already lightless for my death.