Friday, 2 November 2007
Thomas Hardy, Obscenity, Poetry
Today is the anniversary of the publication of Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, for which he was largely pilloried. In fact it was the final straw for Hardy; he turned to poetry and never published another novel. The background story to this can be read at Today in Literature. I would add the story James Joyce used to tell of sending his little brother, Stanislaus, to the local lending library for a copy, which he was denied when he asked for "Jude the Obscene."
The promised new issues, #'s 159 & 160, will begin going out in two weeks to contributors after some much needed r & r, with the rest of the run following shortly thereafter. As a result of the r & r, there will be no posting next week. I may try to sneak another in this week if the time presents itself.
Meanwhile, today's selection of archived poetry comes from, Lilliput #128. The last two works deal sumi-e art, a Japanese style of brushwork.
a crowd of faces - -
who can identify
the back of their own head?
making do with fro-
zen dew. my brush full
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Updated: Friday, 2 November 2007 10:32 EDT