Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hyacinths and Biscuits



“Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.”



11 comments:

Conrad DiDiodato said...

What an impressive collection, William. That's my idea of heaven: an eternity of the classics but without the sore eyes at the end of day.

Thank you for keeping literacy alive.

William Michaelian said...

“Use it or lose it.”

Thanks very much, Conrad. In that kind of heaven, I’d gladly take the sore eyes in stride.

Wine and Words said...

I can just make out your reflection in the glasses :)
But much more so in the poetry.

William Michaelian said...

And of course what are biscuits without a little butter and honey? Thanks, Annie.

Jan said...

Poetry...language that fills the hunger of the mind and heart for beautiful words with thoughts that can satisfy one's soul...

Lovely book, William~~~

William Michaelian said...

Beautiful. Thank you, Jan. We might also say creates the hunger, or is the hunger....

Monique @ Magpie Hollow said...

What a wonderful book. You can get lost in books like that ; )

William Michaelian said...

Oh, yes. And I do. Thanks, Monique.

Ed Baker said...

I have this book. I keep it up on the top shelf, next to my 1962 first edition of The Norton Anthology of English Literature....

also, you a phan of Bill Knott ? I am. He is featured in this issue of Salamander Cove:

http://salamanderpoems.blogspot.com/

(what's that collection in the book-case to the left ... the
olive drab stuff ?

William Michaelian said...

Encyclopedia Britannica, 1892 R.S. Peale reprint.

I’ve been following Salamander Cove from the beginning....

Tomes on top — the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Ed Baker said...

yeah! i frequently dream that night
-mare
when the tons of books in my book cases
conspire together with their 5,000,000,000,000
words
come tumbling
d
o
w
n

& I am c r u s h e d by

The Great Books of the Western World !