Author Archives: Jason Preater

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Ultreya: Celtic Boy Scouts

I offended a friend. “The Boy Scouts?  That’s the Hitler Youth with ginger beer, isn’t it?” I said. “I love the Scouts,” he replied.  “Choose your weapon!” I backed off quickly because, if he had been a scout, he could … Continue reading

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Lorca and Dalí: the Unfaithful Wife

Dalí wrote a critical letter to Lorca after the publication of Romancero Gitano. It is worth reading. Continue reading

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Ammiel in the Mountains

What is political writing? What is political reading?
How can reading invigorate your life? Continue reading

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What Light Can Do

What Light Can Do is the title of Robert Hass’s book of essays reflecting on poetry and landscape. In this post I pass the time waiting for a book to arrive with Hass. Continue reading

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Noriega: trees and language

It is a rivulet running Sheltered through the shade Of some dense pine wood: Take this cover and it dies Before it can reach the valley. I am thinking about this verse today.  Noriega is talking about his own language, … Continue reading

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Our Language: Novoneyra and Noriega Varela

Our Language The mountain man is coming now. Why?  Oh dear heart!  He is blind- He cannot see past the veil: He is coming to speak Gallego He is coming so that Gallego can live. Our language is a little … Continue reading

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An Afternoon in Spring

Antonio Machado’s poem “An Afternoon in Spring.” I don’t understand it. Do you? Continue reading

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