Litxiety

What is wrong with me? I am incapable of reading novels this summer. All I want to read is poetry written by my friends and back issues of The New Yorker. At night I stay up late catching up on Gossip Girl and True Blood. Should I or should I not feel bad about this?

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TGIF (almost)

Technically it’s not Friday, but I’m going to Dijon for the weekend and probably won’t have internet access so will jump the gun to post this video.

This song is blowing up the radio over here—Olivia Ruiz was on Star Academy, the French equivalent of American Idol—and the video is bizarre in a way that only the French can be.

Postcards from Paris

View of Notre Dame from one of my favorite parks on the Ile de la Cite.

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Crossing the Seine.

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Paris has a cool new bike-rental program so you see everyone riding around the city on these stylish silver bikes.

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This way to the Marais.

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I can has dres?

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& shooz?

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& salade de chevre chaud drizzled with rosemary-infused olive oil at Chez Janou. Yummmm.

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Canopy of the Jardin du Luxembourg.

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Self-portrait with boyfriend.

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Rainy day = stopping for cafe-creme at the Petit Fer a Cheval.

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Required Reading — Barbara Guest

It was difficult to pick books to bring with me to France, but Wesleyan University Press’s recent Collected Poem of Barbara Guest was a no-brainer. I’ve been devouring it book by book, going chronologically and am so amazed at how timeless Guest’s writing is. Some of the poems in her first book, The Location of Things, were published in 196o but could easily be mistaken for something found in a recent journal, written by a contemporary poet. Still, her work is truly original.

The poem below is especially fun to read while I’m here:

In the Alps

Where goes this wandering blue,
This horizon that covers us without a murmur?
Let old lands speak their speech,
Let tarnished canopies protect us.

Where after the wars, the peaceable lions,
The forests resting from their struggle,
The streams with loads upon their icy backs,
Is this a reason for happiness,
That one speaks after such a long time,
That the hand one holds leads one far away?

Is this a fairy tale then?
This new-discovered place where one can dream
Of tigers with fair hair and houses whose hearths
Are tended by knights lingering there?

Riding down to Venice on borrowed horses
The air is freed of our crimes,
Lovers meet in the inns of our fathers
And everywhere after dusk the day follows.