Alan W. Powers

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Educated at Amherst College and the University of Minnesota, plus post-docs at Princeton, Brown, Harvard, Cornell, the Folger Library, Breadloaf, Villa Vergilliana (Cuma, Italy) and the American Academy, Rome. Taught and published on 17C English and Comparative Literature and History, especially Shakespeare and Giordano Bruno. Wrote two books of verse. Appeared in two poetry films, Keats and his Nightingale, and A Loaded Gun. Composed several song settings to Yeats and Dylan Thomas, and jazz heads largely based on birds like Wood Thrush, Oriole, and the European Blackbird. See Google profile for NYT publications and www.zoomusicology.com. Mentors include Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Leonard Unger, Jean D'Amato Thomas, Thomas M Greene, Annabel ...more

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Alan W. Powers No such thing for an author primarily of non-fiction and translations of plays and poems. Always more to do. If I had writers block, I'd take the hint…moreNo such thing for an author primarily of non-fiction and translations of plays and poems. Always more to do. If I had writers block, I'd take the hint and not write for a bit.(less)
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Trump's Muslim Idea of Marriage

W B Yeats's "Gift of Harun Al-Rashid" contrasts the Caliph's marrying again most every Spring with his Christian poet-friend's lifetime marriage. Clearly, the Trumpster has no Christian idea of marital equality, but the Muslim sense of female subservience, not to mention the idea of new women every Spring, or every few months.
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Catullus CI (Poetry)
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Description: Translation of famous epitaph for brother
After the Fall (Poetry)
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Description: JFK and Archibald MacLeish, my teacher, spoke from the stage raised above the Amherst College indoor track, the Cage. Also, JFK dedicated the Robert Frost Library, cornerstone laid outside my North Dormitory.
Parodies Lost (Poetry)
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Mind is like the Bat of (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 30, 2018 02:29PM
Description: parody of Richard Wilbur, the great translator of Moliere, and a fellow grad of Amherst College
Westport Soundings (translations) (Poetry)
2 chapters   —   updated Jan 30, 2018 01:54PM
Description: Martial's Book 11 is xxx rated. Byron said his Mom forbid, called them, "the nauseous epigrams of Martial" Don Juan.
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Alan Alan said: " Hollis Taylor writes well, she fully evokes her first hearing a Pied Butcherbird song. She starts at Wogarno Station, W. Australia, April, 2001: "Drought has set its oven on slow bake...Round a bend, a nonsensical white pile on the left vies for our ...more "

 
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I'm reading Liolà in Italian, which has been on my shelf for decades, with a few marginal notes. Act 1 starts with harvest almond-shucking, Act 2 with onion picking by three kids of Liola, all from different mothers, whom he doesn't marry, though he ...more
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" Read some of it in Italian, but I find Ginzburg depressing. "
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" My Ph.D. advisor wrote the first book on Eliot (1947), Leonard Unger, who through Eliot also knew Donne, Shakespeare & 17C English poetry (my ...more "
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“Good teachers get fired; great teachers, killed--Socrates, Christ, and Giordano Bruno.”
Alan W. Powers

“I practice Dying--every night--
But have not learned to, still--
Though Talented--by Mortal bones--
For such a common Skill.”
Alan W. Powers

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When Kennedy dropped from the sky
To honor the poet Frost, ...
So MacLeish spoke.."Not
To mention Robert Frost. For Frost,
Of course, is another matter, as he
Always was, spoke to the throng an the one
Hatless in October, but days before
Dallas and November.”
Alan W. Powers, Westport Soundings

“Good teachers get fired; great teachers, killed--Socrates, Christ, and Giordano Bruno.”
Alan W. Powers

“I practice Dying--every night--
But have not learned to, still--
Though Talented--by Mortal bones--
For such a common Skill.”
Alan W. Powers

“Trovo la televisione molto educativa. Ogni volta che qualcuno la accende, vado in biblioteca e leggo un buon libro.”
Groucho Marx

“Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score; then to that twenty, add a hundred more; a thousand to that hundred: so kiss on, to make that thousand up a million. treble that million, and when that is done, let's kiss afresh, as when we first begun!”
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“The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader. I know people who read without hearing the sentence sounds and they were the fastest readers. Eye readers we call them. They get the meaning by glances. But they are bad readers because they miss the best part of what a good writer puts into his work.”
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Alan Rakhi wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite,Alan! I am honored to be friends with you. As I have been following your updates for some time now, I may also add that going through your reviews and updates has alway..."

My pleasure. I still have insights, and notes from real insights when teaching, BUT: I'm in my dotage now, rather like both our presidential candidates. I've had maybe 4,500 students at community colleges, and I'd say I learned from at least half of them--not all, simply because not enough time to. I believe most learned more from me than the reverse--why else was I paid? But it was/is surely a two-way street. I look forward to seeing some of your reviews. My computer has bugs, but seems to be functioning okay tonight...

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Rakhi Dalal Thanks for the friend invite,Alan! I am honored to be friends with you. As I have been following your updates for some time now, I may also add that going through your reviews and updates has always been enlightening for me :)


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Alan Stephen wrote: "An honor Alan to accept your Friendship Request. I'm a bit overwhelmed by your background and command but this just means there will be more for me to learn Hopefully, I can return some of the same."

Thanks, Stephen, but I'm in my dotage now, rather like our presidential candidates? I've had maybe 4,500 students at community colleges, and I'd say I learned from at least half of them--not all, simply because not enough time to. I believe most learned more from me than the reverse--why else was I paid? But it was/is surely a two-way street. I look forward to seeing some of your reviews. My computer has bugs, but seems to be functioning okay tonight...


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Stephen P An honor Alan to accept your Friendship Request. I'm a bit overwhelmed by your background and command but this just means there will be more for me to learn Hopefully, I can return some of the same.


Mercurialgem Happy New Years! =)


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Dean Pusell Thank you for being my friend Allan :)))


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Alan Alan wrote: "Maurizio (matemati) wrote: "Ciao Alan!
I'm interested in your book 'Birdtalk': how can I get it?"

Maurizio (matemati) wrote: "Ciao Alan!
I'm interested in your book 'Birdtalk': how can I get it?"
..."

Maurizio,
If you haven't found my Birdtalk at a good price, I can send one of the few I have here--though they charge lots for mail as I recall. I just sent my Bruno book to Italy, $15 US--nearly half the value of the book itslef. AP


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Alan Maurizio (matemati) wrote: "Ciao Alan!
I'm interested in your book 'Birdtalk': how can I get it?"


Maurizio (matemati) wrote: "Ciao Alan!
I'm interested in your book 'Birdtalk': how can I get it?"

Maurizio--Grazie tanto. Thanks for your interest. It's on amazon.co.uk. amazon.fr, amazon.de and amazon.com. There
are some great prices, used and I think even new. Sold a few in the UK
a couple weeks ago, I think bec of my email on the Dyfi ospreys, but I don't know. My website has some of my imitations and bird "conversations," including one, the Merlo recorded in Italy, on Radio Uno (2004). There's also a link on my website to the talk I gave in Milan, in Italian. See www.habitableworlds.com
For the birdsound click up top on Birdtalk. For the Italian talk, click under the book cover on the right. Alan


Maurizio (matemati) Ciao Alan!
I'm interested in your book 'Birdtalk': how can I get it?


message 11: by Alan

Alan Oh, as for Twain--also, as with Dickens, his European travels, I think titled Autobiographies. And Tom Sawyer, which I find a much more interesting critique of America (schools, religion etc) than Huckleberry Finn.


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Alan Fede wrote: "I just forgot to tell you another satirical writer I like: bukowsky. But way too dirty for me. There are some episodes I just can't read: too rude and disgusting. Anyway, he's got a unique comic st..."

I've read very little Bukowski. Seems very sexist to me, in that San Francisco kind of way. And now, pretty dated?


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Alan Fede wrote: "What should i read by mark train?
Ps: i believe sooner or later i'll read the tale of Two cities by dickens....it just appeals my . I'm curious about it."


Two Cities may be Dickens' least amusing novel--I like Nicholas Nickelby, but it's really long, of course. And Dickens' Italian account is very good--it must also be in Italian?


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Fede I just forgot to tell you another satirical writer I like: bukowsky. But way too dirty for me. There are some episodes I just can't read: too rude and disgusting. Anyway, he's got a unique comic style.


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Fede What should i read by mark train?
Ps: i believe sooner or later i'll read the tale of Two cities by dickens....it just appeals my . I'm curious about it.


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Alan Fede wrote: "Alan wrote: "Fede wrote: "Yes I have to admit "la prosivendola" is an unbelievably funny book,although I don't Esteem pennac so much. The fact that he considers it his best work proves that he is n..."

Austen non piace Mark Twain, pero... Ed Italiano no ha parole per
"silly" e "folly." Ma per carattere, insuperabile. E magari per un certo tipo di umorismo.


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Fede Alan wrote: "Fede wrote: "Yes I have to admit "la prosivendola" is an unbelievably funny book,although I don't Esteem pennac so much. The fact that he considers it his best work proves that he is not such a gre..."
I read austen,but didn't work for me.i'll try and read the other ones you suggested to me. It's 11.30 pm here. Goodnight!


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Alan Fede wrote: "Yes I have to admit "la prosivendola" is an unbelievably funny book,although I don't Esteem pennac so much. The fact that he considers it his best work proves that he is not such a great writer. Fo..."

Beh, in lingua inglese ci sono molti scrittori che ti fanno ridere e pensare, da Chaucer e Shakespeare attraverso Donne di Andrew Marvell (nella sua prosa), attraverso Austen a Dickinson Twain e al gelo e Yeats a Saul Bellow.


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Fede *sense


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Fede Yes I have to admit "la prosivendola" is an unbelievably funny book,although I don't Esteem pennac so much. The fact that he considers it his best work proves that he is not such a great writer. For me, real talented writers have the duty to make their readers think. Pennac only makes me laugh( not in the sens he's ridiculous,but in a positive way,still.) according to me, the only writer that can make you laugh while thinking and reflecting is the Italian Stefano Benni. The rest are ephemeral reads,although fun ones.


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