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#202024 - 08/23/11 07:04 PM Borges
BranShea Offline
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Although it's not his day yet everywhere, and I don't know why they would celebrate a 112th birthday of Borges I just wish to add a short translated poem of his, as by chance I have his poems in from the library.

TEXAS

Here too. Here as at the other edge
Of the hemisphere, an endless plain
Where a man's cry dies a lonely death.
Here too the Indian, the lasso, the wild horse.
Here too the bird that never shows itself,
That sings for the memory of one evening
Over the rumblings of history;
Here too the mystic alphabet of stars
Leading my pen over the page to names
Not swept aside in the continual
Labyrith of days; San Jacinto
And that other Thermopylae, the Alamo.
Here too the never understood,
Anxious, and brief affair that is life.

(transl. Mark Strand)

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#202029 - 08/23/11 10:32 PM Re: Borges [Re: BranShea]
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Wow, that's really good. Who is this Borges, please?

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#202033 - 08/23/11 11:17 PM Re: Borges [Re: Jackie]
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oh, Jackie, what a sheltered life you lead: Jorge Luis Borges

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#202051 - 08/24/11 11:03 AM Re: Borges [Re: Jackie]
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Originally Posted By: Jackie
Wow, that's really good. Who is this Borges, please?


Studied him back in World Culture in College, but must
confess I'd forgotten about him.
_________________________
----please, draw me a sheep----

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#202058 - 08/24/11 11:48 AM Re: Borges [Re: BranShea]
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see also, Collected Fictions, trans. by Andrew Hurley

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#202061 - 08/24/11 02:03 PM Re: Borges [Re: tsuwm]
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I only read some translations of his essays in Dutch and 'The Book of Imaginary Beings'. I didn't know till recently how beautiful is the poetry he wrote. And that he considered himself a poet first, then something else. Thank you tsuwm, I will like to read more ; thanks also to libraries.

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#202070 - 08/24/11 11:32 PM Re: Borges [Re: tsuwm]
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Yep; but merci.

Edit: OH! I just went to Google; NOW I know why you brought this up today.

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#202072 - 08/25/11 03:17 AM Re: Borges [Re: Jackie]
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Yes, Google's logo motivations and choices are mysterious. I wondered why celebrate the 112th celebraty's birthday?

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#202073 - 08/25/11 04:11 AM Re: Borges [Re: BranShea]
Candy Offline
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Cause its good to reflect grin

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#202083 - 08/25/11 06:26 AM Re: Borges [Re: BranShea]
Faldage Offline
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Originally Posted By: BranShea
Yes, Google's logo motivations and choices are mysterious. I wondered why celebrate the 112th celebraty's birthday?


Probably because that's what it is this year. Next year we'll celebrate his 113th.

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