“One crown is lacking, Prospero …”

One crown is lacking, Prospero,

My empire is my own;

Dying Alonso does not know

The diadem Antonio

Wears in his world alone.

— Antonio’s refrain, from W.H. Auden’s The Sea and the Mirror


Photo credit: Subhrajyoti07, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons

Here’s an image of the new Maya Angelou quarter.

It is currently circulating on Facebook.  (No pun intended.)

I actually met Maya Angelou (or attended one of her readings, really) when I was a student at Longwood High School.  Our English class took a field trip to Suffolk Community College in New York  in … 1988 or 1989, I think.  One of my alums piped in on Facebook to say he remembers too.


“Like vibrations of a bell …”

Certainty, fidelity
On the stroke of midnight pass
Like vibrations of a bell,
And fashionable madmen raise
Their pedantic boring cry:
Every farthing of the cost,
All the dreaded cards foretell,
Shall be paid …

— from W. H. Auden’s “Lullaby”

deeath and the maiden

Death and the Maiden, George Clark Stanton, 19th Century.

Nurse Your Favorite Heresies in Whispers

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