sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey: passion)
sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2017-07-19 06:30 pm

She left you hungry, she's satisfied, she watched you wilting

My poems "A Death of Hippolytos" and "The Other Lives," published last October in The Cascadia Subduction Zone 6.4, are now free to read online with the rest of their issue. The first was inspired by Jules Dassin's Phaedra (1962) and especially by this afterthought, the second was written for Rose Lemberg after discussing Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness (1969). [personal profile] gwynnega has poetry in the same issue.

I had heard absolutely nothing of Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water (2017) until this afternoon, but the trailer makes it look like something I should very definitely see in December. It looks like William Alland and Jack Arnold's Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) retold through Jane Yolen's "The Lady and the Merman," which has haunted me since elementary school when I first read Neptune Rising: Songs and Tales of the Undersea Folk (1982). It looks sea-deep.

Speaking of oceanic things for which I may existentially blame CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan: Delphine Cencig, "Poulpe Fiction."

In fact, I have another doctor's appointment tomorrow.
kenjari: (Me again)

[personal profile] kenjari 2017-07-20 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
I hadn't known Del Toro had another movie coming out. I really admire his work, and this looks wonderful.
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[personal profile] ashlyme 2017-07-20 07:23 pm (UTC)(link)
"like uncut apples": wonderful.

That photograph is gorgeous as hell. It's very Caitlin and very you!

Good luck with the appointment!
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[personal profile] dhampyresa 2017-07-20 10:34 pm (UTC)(link)
"Poulpe Fiction."

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[personal profile] radiantfracture 2017-07-21 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
The hearts! This makes me think of Sappho:

"like uncut apples ... "like the trembling stillness of wild hares"

-- that kills me. Also the closing couplet.
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[personal profile] radiantfracture 2017-07-23 05:42 am (UTC)(link)
Do you have a favorite translation? I am very fond of If Not, Winter, but I don't have enough Greek to know if it's true.
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[personal profile] radiantfracture 2017-07-23 04:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, I'm envious. I only have one term of Greek, so I can sound out the letters (rustily) and identify some words, but not read.

sometimes unnecessarily minimalist

That sounds like Anne Carson, indeed. I'm glad to know there's more to be drawn from the fragments, as If Not, Winter is so spare. (Though I agree that it's a wonderful performance of absence.)