Well, we're back. We realize that the next few weeks will be a period of readjustment for our readers. After the side-splitting antics and mind-bending intellectual discourse supplied by our friend The Cardinal, getting back to the old "What-Thomas-and-Maggie-did-today" stuff will be a bit of a let-down.
Still, it's almost January. It's almost 2005. Sew up all those split gussetts and wipe up where you peed in your pants after reading The Cardinal's latest comic sally. Even the best of things has to end sometime.
As she has done for the past several Christmases, my aunt sent a $100 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. Here's how I propose to spend this windfall. Keeping in mind that my main interest is using contemporary language in the old verse forms, are there any poets you can think of who would serve as useful models? Having just read Donald Justice's New and Selected Poems this summer--finishing it, oddly enough, on the same day he died--I've decided not to spring for his Collected. Beyond that, any other names you can suggest will be welcome.
R. S. Gwynn, Selected Poems
Deborah Warren-Zero Meridian
William Logan-The Night Battle and Vain Empires
John Dryden-The Major Works
J. V. Cunningham-Poems
This will run a little over the allotted $100, but it's all in a good cause. I'm also getting Victor Davis Hanson's latest because it never does to neglect military history. It serves one so well at the office.
Mrs. Peperium says that she's noticed the better-bred members of our little blog circle all enjoy Brideshead Revisited. She would very much like to start a discussion of the relationship between Cordelia and Sebastian Flyte.