2023-05-20 World Whisky Day 【 Farewell to Florida·II (1935) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Her mind had bound me round. The palms were hot
As if I lived in ashen ground, as if
The leaves in which the wind kept up its sound
From my North of cold whistled in a sepulchral South,
Her South of pine and coral and coraline sea,
Her home, not mine,
2023-05-15 Intl Family Day 【 Farewell to Florida·I (1935) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Go on, high ship, since now, upon the shore,
The snake has left its skin upon the floor.
Key West sank downward under massive clouds
And silvers and greens spread over the sea. The moon
Is at the mast-head and the past is dead.
Her mind will never speak to me again.
2023-05-06 Intl No Diet Day 【 Sunday Morning·VIII (1923) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
She hears, upon that water without sound,
A voice that cries, “The tomb in Palestine
Is not the porch of spirits lingering.
It is the grave of Jesus, where he lay.”
We live in
2023-05-04 National Orange Juice Day 【 Sunday Morning·VII (1923) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Supple and turbulent, a ring of men
Shall chant in orgy on a summer morn
Their boisterous devotion to the sun,
Not as a god, but as a god might be,
Naked among them, l
2023-04-29 National Peace Rose Day 【 Sunday Morning·VI (1923) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Is there no change of death in paradise?
Does ripe fruit never fall? Or do the boughs
Hang always heavy in that perfect sky,
Unchanging, yet so like our perishing earth,
2023-04-19 National Hanging Out Day 【 Sunday Morning·V (1923) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
She says, “But in contentment I still feel
The need of some imperishable bliss.”
Death is the mother of beauty; hence from her,
Alone, shall come fulfilment to our dreams
2023-04-15 World Art Day 【 Sunday Morning·IV (1923) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
She says, “I am content when wakened birds,
Before they fly, test the reality
Of misty fields, by their sweet questionings;
But when the birds are gone, and their warm fields
2023-04-08 National All is Ours Day 【 Sunday Morning·III (1923) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Jove in the clouds had his inhuman birth.
No mother suckled him, no sweet land gave
Large-mannered motions to his mythy mind.
He moved among us, as a muttering king,
2023-03-30 National Doctors Day 【 Sunday Morning·II (1923) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Why should she give her bounty to the dead?
What is divinity if it can come
Only in silent shadows and in dreams?
Shall she not find in comforts of the sun,
In pungent fruit
2023-03-18 National Awkward Moments Day 【 Sunday Morning·I (1923) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Complacencies of the peignoir, and late
Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair,
And the green freedom of a cockatoo
Upon a rug mingle to dissipate
The holy hush of ancie
2023-03-12 National Girl Scout Day 【 Tatoo (1916) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The light is like a spider.
It crawls over the water.
It crawls over the edges of the snow.
It crawls under your eyelids
And spreads its webs there--
2023-03-05 National Absinthe Day 【 In the Carolinas (1917) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The lilacs wither in the Carolinas.
Already the butterflies flutter above the cabins.
Already the new-born children interpret love
In the voices of mothers.
2023-02-19 World Whale Day 【 Domination of Black (1916) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
At night, by the fire,
The colors of the bushes
And of the fallen leaves,
Turned in the room,
Like the leaves themselves
Turning in the wind.
Yes: but the color of the heavy hemlock
2023-02-19 National Chocolate Mint Day 【 Bantams in Pine-Woods (1922) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Chieftain Iffucan of Azcan in caftan
Of tan with henna hackles, halt!
Damned universal cock, as if the sun
Was blackmoor to bear your blazing tail.
2023-02-12 Super Bowl LVII: AFC Kansas City Chiefs vs. NFC Philadelphia Eagles 【 Youth (1918) 】 Samuel Ullman (1840—1924) Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This
2023-02-05 Lantern Festival Symbolic of Good Luck & Hope 【 A Rabbit as the King of Ghosts (1940) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The difficulty to think at the end of day,
When the shapeless shadow covers the sun
And nothing is left except light on your fur?
There was the cat slopping its milk all day,
2022-01-22 Spring Festival 【 Esthétique du Mal·XV (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The greatest poverty is not to live
In a physical world, to feel that one's desire
Is too difficult to tell from despair. Perhaps,
After death, the non-physical people, in paradise,
2023-01-21 National Granola Bar Day The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. Music is what tells us that the human race is greater than we realize. Ephesians 5:19 says, “singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” It is to him and
2023-01-21 National Hugging Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·XIV (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Victor Serge said, "I followed his argument
With the blank uneasiness which one must feel
In the presence of a logical lunatic."
He said it of Konstantinov. Revolution
Is the affair of logical lunatics.
The politics of emotion must appear
2023-01-15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·XIII (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
It may be that one life is a punishment
For another, as the son's life for the father's.
But that concerns the secondary characters.
It is a fragementary tragedy
Within the universal whole. The son
And the father alike and equally ar
2023-01-08 National English Toffee Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·XII (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
He disposes the world in categories, thus:
The peopled and the unpeopled. In both, he is
Alone. But in the peopled world, there is,
Besides the people, his knowledge of them. In
The unpeopled, there is his knowledge of himself.
Which is more
2023-01-01 New Year's Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·XI (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Life is a bitter aspic. We are not
At the centre of a diamond. At dawn,
The paratroopers fall and as they fall
They mow the lawn. A vessel sinks in waves
Of people, as big-bell
2022-12-30 National Bacon Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·X (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
He had studied the nostalgias. In these
He sought the most grossly maternal, the creature
Who most fecundly assuaged him, the softest
Woman with a vague mustache and not the mauve
2022-12-25 Christmas Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·IX (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Panic in the face of the moon — round effendi
Or the phosphored sleep in which he walks abroad
Or the majolica dish heaped up with phosphored fruit
That he sends ahead, out of the goodness of his heart,
To anyone who comes — panic, because
The moon is no longer
2022-12-24 Christmas Eve 【 Esthétique du Mal·VIII (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955) The death of Satan was a tragedy For the imagination. A capital Negation destroyed him in his tenement And, with him, many blue phenomena. It was not the end he had foreseen. He knew That his revenge created filial Revenges. And nega
2022-12-19 National Emo Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·VII (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
How red the rose that is the soldier's wound,
The wounds of many soldiers, the wounds of all
The soldiers that have fallen, red in blood,
The soldier of time grown deathless in great size.
A mountain in which no ease is
2022-12-17 Wright Brothers Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·VI (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The sun, in clownish yellow, but not a clown,
Brings the day to perfection and then fails. He dwells
In a consummate prime, yet still desires
A further consummation. For the lunar month
He makes the tenderest research, intent
On a transmutation which
2022-12-02 World Futures Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·V (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Softly let all true sympathizers come,
Without the inventions of sorrow or the sob
Beyond invention. Within what we permit,
Within the actual, the warm, the near,
So great a
2022-12-01 Day Without Art Day 【Who Are We?】 We are Isomer Space Program, a team of college students in New York City who are launching our first satellite, CoyoteSat, into space! We are passionate about advancing small spacecraft technology and hope to inspire students of all backgrounds to pursue their aerospace dreams. 【What is a Cube Satellite?】 A CubeSat is a type of miniature satellite that is accessible to students due to its low cost, small form factor, and educational benefits. Coy
2022-11-25 Black Friday 【 Esthétique du Mal·IV (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879— 1955)
Livre de Toutes Sortes de Fleures D'Après Nature.
All sorts of flowers. That's the sentimentalist.
When B. sat down at the piano and made
A transparence in which we heard music, made music
2022-11-24 Thanksgiving Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·III (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
His firm stanzas hang like hives in hell
Or what hell was, since now both heaven and hell
Are one, and here, O terra infidel.
The fault lies with an over-human god,
2022-10-22 National Knee Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·II (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
At a town in which acacias grew, he lay
On his balcony at night. Warblings became
Too dark, too far, too much the accents of
Afflicted sleep, too much the syllables
That would form themselves, in time, and communicate
The intelligence of his despair, e
2022-10-22 International Stammering Awareness Day 【 Esthétique du Mal·I (1945) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
He was at Naples writing letters home
And, between letters, reading paragraphs
On the sublime. Vesuvius had groaned
For a month. It was pleasant to be sitting there
While the sultriest fulgurations, flickering,
2022-10-22 National Color Day 【 The Auroras of Autumn·X (1948) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
An unhappy people in a happy world—
Read, rabbi, the phases of this difference.
An unhappy people in an unhappy world—
Here are too many mirrors for misery.
2022-10-22 National Make A Dog's Day 【 The Auroras of Autumn·IX (1948) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
And of each other thought—in the idiom
Of the work, in the idiom of an innocent earth,
Not of the enigma of the guilty dream.
We were as Danes in Denmark al
2022-10-22 National Nut Day 【 The Auroras of Autumn·VIII (1948) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
There may be always a time of innocence.
There is never a place. Or if there is no time,
If it is not a thing of time, nor of place,
Existing in the idea of it, alone,
In the sense against calamity, it is not
2022-10-22 National Make a Difference Day 【 The Auroras of Autumn·VII (1948) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Is there an imagination that sits enthroned
As grim as it is benevolent, the just
And the unjust, which in the midst of summer stops
To imagine winter? When the leaves are dead,
Does it take its place in the nort
2022-10-22 Smart is Cool Day 【 The Auroras of Autumn·VI (1948) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
It is a theatre floating through the clouds,
Itself a cloud, although of misted rock
And mountains running like water, wave on wave,
Through waves of light. It is of cl
2022-10-16 World Food Day 【 The Auroras of Autumn·V (1948) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The mother invites humanity to her house
And table. The father fetches tellers of tales
And musicians who mute much, muse much, on the tales.
The father fetches negresses to dance,
Among the children, like curious ripenesses
2022-09-25 Math Storytelling Day 【 The Auroras of Autumn·IV (1948) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Farewell to an idea … The cancellings,
The negations are never final. The father sits
In space, wherever he sits, of bleak regard,
As one that is strong in the bushes of his eyes.
He says no to no and yes to yes. He says y
2022-09-25 National One-Hit Wonder Day 【 The Auroras of Autumn·III (1948) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Farewell to an idea … The mother's face,
The purpose of the poem, fills the room.
They are together, here, and it is warm,
With none of the prescience of oncoming dreams.
It is evening. The house is evening, half dis
2022-09-25 Better Breakfast Day 【 The Auroras of Autumn·II (1948) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Farewell to an idea … A cabin stands,
Deserted, on a beach. It is white,
As by a custom or according to
An ancestral theme or as a consequence
Of an infinite course. The flowers against the wall
2022-09-25 World Rivers Day 【 The Auroras of Autumn·I (1948) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
This is where the serpent lives, the bodiless.
His head is air. Beneath his tip at night
Eyes open and fix on us in every sky.
Or is this another wriggling out of the egg,
Another image at the end of the cave,
2022-09-25 National Quesadilla Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Give Pleasure·X (1942) 】 〖Part II〗 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Soldier, there is a war between the mind
And sky, between thought and day and night. It is
For that the poet is always in the sun,
Patches the moon together in his room
To his Vir
2022-09-25 National Daughter Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Give Pleasure·X (1942) 】 〖Part I 〗 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Fat girl, terrestrial, my summer, my night,
How is it I find you in difference, see you there
In a moving contour, a change not quite completed?
You are familiar yet an aberration.
2020-09-11 Never-Forget Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Give Pleasure·V (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
We drank Meursault, ate lobster Bombay with mango
Chutney. Then the Canon Aspirin declaimed
Of his sister, in what a sensible ecstasy
She lived in her house. She had two daughters, one
2022-08-28 Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Give Pleasure·II (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The blue woman, linked and lacquered, at her window
Did not desire that feathery argentines
Should be cold silver, neither that frothy clouds
Should foam, be foamy waves, should mo
2022-08-28 National Thoughtful Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Give Pleasure·I (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
To sing jubilas at exact, accustomed times,
To be crested and wear the mane of a multitude
And so, as part, to exult with its great throat,
To speak of joy and to sing of it, borne on
2022-08-28 National Power Rangers Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Chang·X (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
A bench was his catalepsy, Theatre
Of Trope. He sat in the park. The water of
The lake was full of artificial things,
Like a page of music, like an upper air,
2022-08-28 National Red Wine Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Chang·IX (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The poem goes from the poet's gibberish to
The gibberish of the vulgate and back again.
Does it move to and fro or is it of both
At once? Is it a luminous flittering
2022-08-28 National Cherry Turnover Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Chang·VII (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
After a luster of the moon, we say
We have not the need of any paradise,
We have not the need of any seducing hymn.
It is true. Tonight the lilacs magnify
The easy passion, the ever-ready love
Of the lover t
2022-08-20 Harmony Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Chang·V (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
On a blue island in a sky-wide water
The wild orange trees continued to bloom and to bear,
Long after the planter's death. A few limes remained,
Where his house had fallen, three scraggy trees weighted
2022-08-20 World Mosquito Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Chang·IV (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Two things of opposite natures seem to depend
On one another, as a man depends
On a woman, day on night, the imagined
On the real. This is the origin of change.
2022-08-14 Victory-over-Japan Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Chang·III (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The great statue of the General Du Puy
Rested immobile, though neighboring catafalques
Bore off the residents of its noble Place.
The right, uplifted foreleg of the horse
2022-07-30 International Friendship Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Chang·I (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The old seraph, parcel-gilded, among violets
Inhaled the appointed odor, while the doves
Rose up like phantoms from chronologies.
The Italian girls wore jonquils in their hair
2022-07-30 International Friendship Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Be Abstract·IX (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The romantic intoning, the declaimed clairvoyance
Are parts of apotheosis, appropriate
And of its nature, the idiom thereof.
They differ from reason’s click-clack, its applied
2022-07-10 National Clerihew Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Be Abstract·IV (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The first idea was not our own. Adam
In Eden was the father of Descartes
And Eve made air the mirror of herself,
Of her sons and of her daughters. They found themselves
In heaven as in a glass; a second earth;
2022-07-04 Independence Day 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction—It Must Be Abstract·II (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
It is the celestial ennui of apartments
That sends us back to the first idea, the quick
Of this invention; and yet so poisonous
Are the ravishments of truth, so fatal to
The truth itself, the first
2022-06-28 the Stonewall Uprising of 1969 【 Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction——To Henry Church (1942) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
And for what, except for you, do I feel love?
Do I press the extremest book of the wisest man
Close to me, hidden in me day and night?
In the uncertain light of single, certain truth,
2022-04-15 Good Friday——2022-06-17 Juneteenth Weekend 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXXII (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Throw away the lights, the definitions,
And say of what you see in the dark
That it is this or that it is that,
But do not use the ro
2022-06-05 World Environment Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXXI (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
How long and late the pheasant sleeps …
The employer and employee contend,
Combat, compose their droll affair.
The bubbling sun will bubble up,
2022-05-28 Memorial Weekend 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXX (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
From this I shall evolve a man.
This is his essence: the old fantoche
Hanging his shawl upon the wind,
Like something on the stage, puffed out,
2022-05-16 National Love A Tree Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXIX (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
In the cathedral, I sat there, and read,
Alone, a lean Review and said,
"These degustations in the vaults
Oppose the past and the festival.
2022-05-16 National Coquilles St. Jacques Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXVIII (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
I am a native in this world
And think in it as a native thinks,
Gesu, not native of a mind
Thinking the thoughts I c
2022-05-16 National Mimosa Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXVII (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
It is the sea that whitens the roof.
The sea drifts through the winter air.
It is the sea that the north wind makes.
The sea is in the falling snow.
2022-05-15 National Chocolate Chip Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXVI (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The world washed in his imagination,
The world was a shore, whether sound or form
Or light, the relic of farewells,
2022-05-15 National Straw Hat Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXV (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
He held the world upon his nose
And this-a-way he gave a fling.
His robes and symbols, ai-yi-yi —
And that-a-way he twirled the thing.
2022-05-08 No Socks Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXIV (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
A poem like a missal found
In the mud, a missal for that young man,
That scholar hungriest for that book,
The very boo
2022-05-08 National Coconut Cream Pie Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXIII (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
A few final solutions, like a duet
With the undertaker: a voice in the clouds,
Another on earth, the one a voice
Of ether, the other smelling of drink
2022-05-08 International Thalassaemia Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXII (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Poetry is the subject of the poem,
From this the poem issues and
To this returns. Between the two,
Between issue and return, there is
2022-05-08 Free Trade Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XXI (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
A substitute for all the gods:
This self, not that gold self aloft,
Alone, one's shadow magnified,
Lord of the body, looking down,
2022-05-08 Mother's Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XX (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
What is there in life except one's ideas.
Good air, good friend, what is there in life?
Is it ideas that I believe?
Good air, my only friend, believe,
2022-05-02 Brothers and Sisters Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XIX (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
That I may reduce the monster to
Myself, and then may be myself
In face of the monster, be more than part
Of it, more than the monstrous player of
2022-04-24 Intl Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XVIII (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
A dream (to call it a dream) in which
I can believe, in face of the object,
A dream no longer a dream, a thing,
Of things as they are, as the blue guitar
2022-04-24 National Skipping Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XVII (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The person has a mould. But not
Its animal. The angelic ones
Speak of the soul, the mind. It is
An animal. The blue guitar —
2022-04-24 National Pigs in a Blanket Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XVI (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The earth is not earth but a stone,
Not the mother that held men as they fell
But stone, but like a stone, no: not
The mother, but an oppressor, but li
2022-04-23 National Picnic Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XV (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
Is this picture of Picasso's, this "hoard
Of destructions", a picture of ourselves,
Now, an image of our society?
Do I sit, deformed, a naked egg
2022-04-13 National Scrabble Day 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XIV (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
First one beam, then another, then
A thousand are radiant in the sky.
Each is both star and orb; and day
Is the riches of their atmo
2022-04-13 Holy Wednesday 【 The Man with the Blue Guitar·XIII (1937) 】 Wallace Stevens (1879—1955)
The pale intrusions into blue
Are corrupting pallors… ay di mi,
Blue buds or pitchy blooms. Be content—
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