The Perceval Press Anthology 2015

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January

No te dije de la luna. La luna es lo más alto. Cuando la mirábamos, ¿por qué hacíamos retemblar el índice sobre el labio hasta provocar un beruberu de acompañarla? ¿Nos lo enseñaste tú o papá? ¿Y qué era su despabilarse en niño Jesús subido al burrito sobre esa lumbre de peligro? Dame esas noticias. Nos quedábamos hasta bien tarde en enero para mirar. Ahí la tengo en el patio ahora, es lo más alto. La dejé atada del pino, mi cometa plateada y mi compaña, y me entré luna arriba para que muchos niños.
- Arnaldo Calveyra

"If the earth must lose that great portion of its pleasantness which it owes to things that the unlimited increase of wealth and population would extirpate from it, for the mere purpose of enabling it to support a larger, but not a happier or a better population, I sincerely hope, for the sake of posterity, that they will be content to be stationary, long before necessity compels them to it."
- John Stuart Mill (1857)

Soy

Soy el que sabe que no es menos vano
que el vano observador que en el espejo
de silencio y cristal sigue el reflejo
o el cuerpo (da lo mismo) del hermano.

Soy, tácitos amigos, el que sabe
que no hay otra venganza que el olvido
ni otro perdón. Un dios ha concedido
al odio humano esta curiosa llave.

Soy el que pese a tan ilustres modos
de errar, no ha descifrado el laberinto
singular y plural, arduo y distinto,

del tiempo, que es uno y es de todos.
Soy el que es nadie, el que no fue una espada
en la guerra. Soy eco, olvido, nada.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Palabras a no dudarlo, palabras, no otra cosa. Palabras en lugares, las mismas en diferentes textos, palabras vueltas del revés desde la primera letra. A punto de poema. Halladas en ocasiones, en lindes de un olvido, en manos aún torpes de aprendices de sol y de sombra, ¿poesía qué, cuándo, poesía cómo? Acentos tales. Palabras que quieren decirnos algo oculto desde siempre por las parcas de los sueños, escondido entre los pliegues.
- Arnaldo Calveyra

I Will Wade Out

i will wade out

till my thighs are steeped in burning flowers
I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air

Alive
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness
in the sleeping curves of my body
Shall enter fingers of smooth mastery
with chasteness of sea-girls
Will i complete the mystery
of my flesh

I will rise
After a thousand years
lipping
flowers
And set my teeth in the silver of the moon
- E. E. Cummings

Who robbed the woods,
The trusting woods?
The unsuspecting trees
Brought out their burrs and mosses
His fantasy to please.
He scanned their trinkets, curious,
He grasped, he bore away.
What will the solemn hemlock,
What will the fir-tree say?
- Emily Dickinson

"Un homme qui marche vite ne dit-il pas déjà la moitié de son secret? Il est pressé."
- Honoré de Balzac

"La liberté d'aimer n'est pas moins sacrée que la liberté de penser."
- Victor Hugo

"La moindre chose contient un peu d'inconnu. Trouvons-le."
- Guy de Maupassant

The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me, so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.
- Theodore Roethke

"What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible."
- Theodore Roethke

El Temps

No més incerta de tan vehement
la sorpresa amb què aculls la llum que esclata
rera el mirall opac i els cortinatges
angoixants i feixucs d'aquest llarg temps de prova.
és així com la vida expressa el seu
misteri i en referma la bellesa.
L'entreteixit del temps no mostra cap
fissura, flueix sempre, ineluctable.
Tot és perfecte i just dins el seu àmbit.
- Miquel Martí i Pol

February

"Dios sabe lo que hace, por qué lo hace y para qué lo hace. Yo acepto la voluntad de Dios. Creo que Dios nunca me soltó la mano."
- Jorge Rafael Videla, asesino en serie y el mayor sociópata en la historia argentina.

"The only security of all is in a free press."
- Thomas Jefferson

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."
- Søren Kierkegaard

"I am no bird, no net ensnares me."
- Charlotte Brontë

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
- Noam Chomsky

"The relative freedom which we enjoy depends of public opinion. The law is no protection. Governments make laws, but whether they are carried out, and how the police behave, depends on the general temper in the country. If large numbers of people are interested in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it; if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them."
- George Orwell

"If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
- George Washington

"The brain is wider than the sky."
- Emily Dickinson

"Forever is composed of nows."
- Emily Dickinson

"That it will never come again is what makes life sweet."
- Emily Dickinson

"Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough."
- Emily Dickinson

"Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell."
- Emily Dickinson

"I dwell in possibility."
- Emily Dickinson

"Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned."
- Emily Dickinson

"I'm nobody, who are you?"
- Emily Dickinson

"Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent."
- Emily Dickinson

"A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day."
- Emily Dickinson

"To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."
- Emily Dickinson

"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
- Emily Dickinson

"How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!"
- Emily Dickinson

"To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."
- Emily Dickinson

"La censure, quelle qu'elle soit, me paraît une monstruosité, une pire chose que l'homicide.

L'attentat contre la pensée est un crime de lèse-âme."
-Gustave Flaubert

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself."
- William Blake

"To generalize is to be an idiot."
- William Blake

People

No people are uninteresting.
Their fate is like the chronicle of planets.

Nothing in them in not particular,
and planet is dissimilar from planet.

And if a man lived in obscurity
making his friends in that obscurity
obscurity is not uninteresting.

To each his world is private
and in that world one excellent minute.

And in that world one tragic minute
These are private.

In any man who dies there dies with him
his first snow and kiss and fight
it goes with him.

There are left books and bridges
and painted canvas and machinery
Whose fate is to survive.

But what has gone is also not nothing:
by the rule of the game something has gone.
Not people die but worlds die in them.

Whom we knew as faulty, the earth's creatures
Of whom, essentially, what did we know?

Brother of a brother? Friend of friends?
Lover of lover?

We who knew our fathers
in everything, in nothing.

They perish. They cannot be brought back.
The secret worlds are not regenerated.

And every time again and again
I make my lament against destruction.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Lies

Lying to the young is wrong.
Proving to them that lies are true is wrong.
Telling them
that God's in his heaven
and all's well with the world
is wrong.
They know what you mean.
They are people too.
Tell them the difficulties
can't be counted,
and let them see
not only
what will be
but see
with clarity
these present times.
Say obstacles exist they must encounter,
sorrow comes,
hardship happens.
The hell with it.
Who never knew
the price of happiness
will not be happy.
Forgive no error
you recognize,
it will repeat itself,
a hundredfold
and afterward
our pupils
will not forgive in us
what we forgave.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 1952
(Translated by Robin Milner-Gulland and Peter Levi)

March

"Every empire, however, tells itself and the world that it is unlike all other empires, that its mission is not to plunder and control but to educate and liberate."
- Edward W. Said

It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there.
- William Carlos Williams

As long as you say
because it's the end, because there's no more
not yes, no, no
enough war. There's
someone saying
I hear the voice
of someone, there is plenty
All is well, there's someone saying
Therefore: there is someone
who breathes now
- Tuvya Ruebner

"Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why."
- Kurt Vonnegut

"Be curious, not judgmental."
- Walt Whitman

I am Yusuf, O father

I am Yusuf, O father.
O father, my brothers do not love me nor want me among them.
They assault me and throw stones and words at me.
They want me to die so they can eulogize me.
They closed the door of your home and left me outside.
They expelled me from the field.
They poisoned my vineyards.
They destroyed my toys, O father.
When the gentle breeze passed by then played with my hair they became jealous
And flamed up with rage against me and flamed up in rage against you, What did I ever do to them O father?
Butterflies perched on my shoulders, Stalks of wheat swayed toward me, And birds rested in my palms.
What did I do O father? And why me?
You named me Yusuf, And they threw me into the well, And accused the wolf, The wolf is more merciful than my brothers.
O father! Did I ever wrong anyone when I said: 'I saw eleven stars, and the sun and moon, I saw them prostrating before me?'
- Mahmoud Darwish

Mock mockers after that
That would not lift a hand maybe
To help good, wise or great
To bar that foul storm out, for we
Traffic in mockery.
- W.B. Yeats

"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper."
- W.B. Yeats

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
- W.B. Yeats

"Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise."
- W.B. Yeats

Let us go forth,the teller of tales,and seize whatever prey the heart long for and have no fear.
Everything exists,everything is true,and the Earth is only a little dust under our feet.
- W.B. Yeats

"The warming effect of carbon dioxide is strongest where the air is cold and dry;
mainly in the arctic rather than in the tropics;
mainly in winter rather than in summer, and mainly at night rather than in daytime.
The warming is real, but it is mostly making cold places warmer rather than making hot places hotter.
To represent this local warming by a global average is grossly misleading."
- Physicist Freeman Dyson

"Climate is always evolving, and natural disasters have always existed."
- Marco Rubio

"Men argue. Nature acts."
- Voltaire

"The superior man seeks what is right; the inferior one, what is profitable."
- Confucius

"A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude."
- Aldous Huxley

"America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America."
- Jimmy Carter

"We cannot use a double standard for measuring our own and other people's policies. Our demands for democratic practices in other lands will be no more effective than the guarantees of those practiced in our own country."
- Hubert H. Humphrey

"I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation."
- Coretta Scott King

"Now my friends, I am opposed to the system of society in which we live today, not because I lack the natural equipment to do for myself but because I am not satisfied to make myself comfortable knowing that there are thousands of my fellow men who suffer for the barest necessities of life. We were taught under the old ethic that man's business on this earth was to look out for himself. That was the ethic of the jungle; the ethic of the wild beast. Take care of yourself, no matter what may become of your fellow man. Thousands of years ago the question was asked; 'Am I my brother's keeper?' That question has never yet been answered in a way that is satisfactory to civilized society.

Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death."
- Eugene V. Debs

"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government."
- Thomas Jefferson

"A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities."
- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

"No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent."
- Susan B. Anthony

"No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent."
- Abraham Lincoln

"The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations."
- Noam Chomsky

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