Pliny, Beautiful Living
January 1, 2023

Priapos: Priapus, Bringer of Wisdom   Poor Priapos, misunderstood, mocked, pawn in political pattycake and other games of common debauchery.  Though never a serious fellow or respected god, he was loved … once upon a civilized, intelligent, reasonable time.  These days, reason is rare, knowledge rarer, and wisdom, well, “wisdom” is a foreign word to…

Priapeia Poetry article mosaic
December 1, 2022

Essentially Priapus: A New Priapeia   Feminism.  This too shall pass.  Nature will have its way after we’ve gone astray.  Always has.  Always shall.  Each thing is as it is made.  For instance, Priapus was carved of a living olive tree in the moment of bringing forth fruit, the seed and oil.  Fertile and virile,…

Priapeia Poetry article mosaic
November 1, 2022

The Priapeia, a new translation and sympathetic interpretation of the God and the ancient text     Many gods and goddesses occupy the high temples of Olympus and crowd the many niches of museums.  You will know and recognize Aegis-Bearing Zeus, Cow-Eyed Hera, Phoebus Apollo, Pallas Athena and others of the sky-gods, you might even…

May 15, 2021

This, below, the preamble to an old book of notes, chapters, really, 40 chapters that considered American history in entire, every art, every craft, every variation.  The thing is cumbersome, not likely to be published in its present form, if at all.  Yet, opening statements, because brief, would like sharing for the introduction of a…

January 1, 2021

Fellow Americans: You might be surprised to learn that you are Greek, in the first instance; that you are Roman, a child of Lucius Junius Brutus; that you are Catholic, even if atheist; that you ascend from victories in the Art of War; that you, fellow Americans, are Hellenocentric, even if citizens of the One…

September 15, 2020

A Review of Civilization in Little Songs COLLOQUIES   You, friend, ascend from many victories.  All who read these words shall know we won, that we through three millennia have won upon the bloody fields of contest; that through rolls of papyrus, through vellum folios, through books stitched in hard-covered paper we won the sharp…

August 15, 2020

Reality is a mundane enchantment, a make-believe typical to creatures of our type, to sensate creatures who cannot see over the horizon, who cannot hear through walls, who feel but by direct touch, whose peculiar quality of taste can be known only to the self, alone.  We are pretty creatures, flesh alike pearl, geometric in…

March 30, 2020

LITERATURE Essay 1: Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns Part 4: Homeric Hymns; What We Are * * * IN JOY, in praise we lift our voices to God, all of them; we lift our voices in communion with the life-giving force of the universe; in song we participate, we join in meaning, one with the Divine. …

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