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Robbie Robertson is set to release his first new album for over a decade. It this is anything to go by, we're in for a treat.
January 04, 2011 | Permalink
The year starts with the sad news that Zimbabwean poet, mine blaster and mentch, Julius Chingono has passed away at the age of 64.
The Victoria Falls
is where the magnificence
of the Creator is manifested.
Nature celebrates its wonder
in a huge waterfall
without the luxury of myths
the Mosi oa Tunya
is how the splendour
of the Lord is exalted
the rainbow rises
from earth to heaven
forever and ever
the glory of his majesty
thunders in the cataract.
Hosanna to the Highest
Glory to the work of his Word
Alleluya! for once
God showed off.
More poems and biographical information are available here.
January 03, 2011 | Permalink
Jess Walter: The Financial Lives of the Poets
Duncan Clarke: Africa's Future: Darkness to Destiny: How the past is shaping Africa's economic evolution
A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of PoetryEnriched by the short intros to each poem, sometimes critical, provided by Milosz.
Isaac Deutscher: The Non-Jewish JewThis was a great help in kickstarting the escalator post and is worth reading even if you aren't interested in escalators.
Louis & Allen Ginsberg: Family Business: Selected Letters Between a Father and SonThis collection of letters illustrates superbly the tensions that inhere in two types of reconciliation: the parental desire to judge and protect; and the filial desire to plough one's own furrow while seeking parental approval for the results.
Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar PetersonLouis Armstrong: Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson
Various Artists: Till The Night is Gone: A Tribute to Doc Pomus
The Cool Crooners of Bulawayo: Blue Sky
The Best Of Bill Frisell - Volume 1: Folk SongsBill Frisell: The Best Of Bill Frisell - Volume 1: Folk Songs