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flameinthesnow · 3d ago

the untellable

“Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields, Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven, And veils ...
flameinthesnow · 5d ago


The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.--Dorothy ParkerBeen drinking in the mountain airunder the unblinking eye of skyit feels like walking on waterdon't know whe...
flameinthesnow · 1W ago

words in her pockets

Combustion is the hidden principle behind every artefact we create. -W.G. Sebald~For Erin~There it comes again, the tappingof a beak at my windowsill:no home for any birdexcept the wingless....
flameinthesnow · 1W ago

two H.D. poems

OreadWhirl up, sea— whirl your pointed pines, splash your great pines on our rocks, hurl your green over us, cover us with your pools of fir. ~ H.D.MoonlightWill you glimmer on the sea? Will...
flameinthesnow · 2W ago

Vasilisa and Verochka in midwinter (Baba Part VI)

In the clay wood-stove inside the izba, a steady fire was crackling.Blowing out the candle, Verochka dove into the blankets of her bed, and moved her feet briskly up and down, to drive the c...
flameinthesnow · 1M ago

both sides now - Joni Mitchell

I have not seen it, I summoned it listening to music.The instruments play for themselves, in their own eternity.--Czesław MiłoszJoni Mitchell singing "Both Sides Now," in 1970.Was anyone els...
flameinthesnow · 1M ago

the piñata

This afternoon, I found myself recalling an incident from the childhood of my three eldest girls, who have since flown the nest.Back then, the four of us were like a floating island unto our...
flameinthesnow · 2M ago

the silk road

rising above the riverraven breathes cloud-laceand forgets shiny trinkets
flameinthesnow · 2M ago

Tomorrow Island and Shaawatke’é’s Birth

In Bering Strait, before a cobalt curtain, the aqsarniit, the spirits of the grandmothers and grandfathers, are playing ball with the ghostly head of a walrus, up in the air above Imaqłiq, w...
flameinthesnow · 2M ago

dream elixir, song of stone

I'm reposting a piece I wrote in 2014, partly because it is one of my happy places, and it has been a wild week:Lacquer box, Fedoskino schoolWould you find an end to your wanderings, weary t...