COISAS SIMPLES

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Dias deste Verão

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Os livros, contra a tirania

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SNYDER ON TIRANY

The milk of human kindness

No restaurante cheio, um empregado deixa cair um prato de um tabuleiro, com grande estrondo. Silêncio súbito e alguns risos. Na mesa da família com cinco filhos, rapazes entre os sete e os dezassete anos, o mais novo levanta-se e dirige-se ao empregado. O irmão mais velho chama-o de volta à mesa. Ele regressa contrariado mas, passados segundos, levanta-se, corre para o empregado, pega-lhe no braço e diz: “I’m so sorry!”. E regressa, calmamente, ao seu hamburger.

Dias deste Verão

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Próximos e estranhos

Música com 77 anos

Manhã

Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft

And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
Long fallen wide. You can see how it was:
Look at the pictures and the cutlery.
The music in the piano stool. That vase.

(Philip Larkin)

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Herbert List

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Noite

The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The reader became the book; and summer night

Was like the conscious being of the book.
The house was quiet and the world was calm.

The words were spoken as if there was no book,
Except that the reader leaned above the page,

Wanted to lean, wanted much to be
The scholar to whom his book is true, to whom

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.
The house was quiet because it had to be.

The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind:
The access of perfection to the page.

And the world was calm. The truth in a calm world,
In which there is no other meaning, itself

Is calm, itself is summer and night, itself
Is the reader leaning late and reading there.

Wallace Stevens (he spent most of his life working as an executive for an insurance company in Hartford, daqui)

Um belo gato

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