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Malt Whisky Drinking, Single Speed Bike Racing, Poetry Loving, Book-Fiend, & If This Makes Me Seem Cool, It's All In The Edit.



The Ideal Library Symbolizes Everything a Society stands for. A Society Depends On Its Libraries To Know Who it Is, Because Libraries Are Societies Memory (A. Manguel). This Is My Attempt To Construct My Ideal library.

Affirmation: Selected Poems 1986-2006

Affirmation: Selected Poems 1986-2006 - Haris Vlavianos The Poem of another Poetics [Variation] After Wallace Stevens I Crystal-clear water in a glistening vase. Yellow and Red roses. White light in the room, like snow. Fresh snow (it’s the end of winter) softly falling on the invented place. The afternoons are returning without sounds, without secrets, without impatient faces Round vase. Porcelain painted with roses. Yellow and red. The water – unruffled emptiness. II And still the water, the snow, once were enough to compose a new whiteness -- more necessary than the meaning of flowers blooming inside the cool memory of happiness. (Your ecstatic gaze confirms that imagination can lay bare the memory again and again). III The mind seeks to escape. This thought (the possibility of the specific metaphor) has been exhausted. The roses, the vase, did not exist. They do not exist. The words however keep falling – snowflakes of a real life in the margins of the poem.In the foreword to this collection, Michael Longley discusses a recurring antithesis between presence and absence, that this collection “generates an obsessive imagery of whiteness and silence: the moon, snow, unmarked paper, bed sheets,” lines such as “ a white paradise / of all possibilities” and “white like snow in the room”. It is in this absence that the poet declares that “loves absence always wears the same face”, whether this refers to a lover, a beautiful women, the muse or poetry itself is not clear. Repeatedly, presence implies absence and vice versa.http://parrishlantern.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/affirmation-selected-poems-19862006.html