1. Mairi
    Mairi September 4, 2009 at 1:57 am .

    Thanks. Sometimes I&#39;m not too swift.<br />Astris is the code for this comment. One of the daughters of Helios. She and her sisters mourned so long for Phaeton the egomaniacal ninny that the gods turned them into poplars and their tears into amber. The connection eludes me just now, but I&#39;m sure there is one, outside my own limited grasp of myself.

  2. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison September 4, 2009 at 1:08 am .

    The relevant link is the phrase &quot;this post&quot; in my paragraph, but here&#39;s the direct one:<br /><br />You&#39;ll love Calvino. <i>If on a Winter&#39;s Night a Traveller</i> is a delight.

  3. Mairi
    Mairi September 4, 2009 at 12:29 am .

    Thanks for the link to Donald Brown. The role of the reader seems to be in the air these days. Oddly, I couldn&#39;t find the bit you quoted anywhere. But I did pause to order &quot;If on a Winter&#39;s Night a Traveller&quot; which I haven&#39;t read. Wherever the quotation was from it was interesting, and tied in with the blog Matthew Shmeer sent us to last week, with it&#39;s comment that

  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison September 3, 2009 at 9:08 pm .

    A big &quot;YES&quot; to William&#39;s window-light and Vassilis&#39;s reminder about the nature of spirit. Before it&#39;s in poetry, it&#39;s the world and in the heart. Thanks, my friends!

  5. vazambam
    vazambam September 3, 2009 at 7:33 pm .

    You&#39;ve stated most eloquently what many of us think daily but who lack either the wisdom and/or the courage to admit, trapped as we are in our own self-made prisons. But, will you just look at what William has the spirit to say!

  6. William Michaelian
    William Michaelian September 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm .

    Joe, there’s a lot of wisdom here, both in your thoughts and in the quote you choose. It’s true that we feel safe in our self-made prisons, and often confuse freedom with a mere change in decor. But, by golly, will you just look at that light coming in through the window, and the beauty of those lines on the floor!

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