By Roger Housden
In his assortment Risking Everything, Housden addressed love's many facets. Now, in Dancing with Joy, he assembles ninety nine poems from sixty nine poets that remember the numerous shades of pleasure. whatever could be a catalyst for pleasure, those poems display. For Wislawa Szymborska, the catalyst is a dream; for Robert Bly, being within the corporation of his ten-year-old son; for Gerald Stern, it's a grapefruit at breakfast; for Billy Collins, a cigarette. Dancing with Joy contains English and Italian classical and romantic works; early chinese language and Persian verse; and poets from Chile, France, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and India, plus a number modern American and English poets.Whether thought is what you would like, or an confirmation of what's already pleased in lifestyles, Dancing with Joy is a welcome deal with for Housden's various lovers, in addition to someone trying to find sheer happiness, marvelously expressed.From the Hardcover edition.
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They have wrought wonders, and set strength upon you, since we are stricken to the dust. I am vanquished, and own myself thy servant. Behold the chain of thy bondman! Do with me now according to thy will, to me, and these my men. Life and limb, yea, all that we have, are at thy pleasure. But if it seem good to the king to keep us about his person, we will toil early and late in his service. ” The king was a devout man, very piteous of heart. He looked around him to learn what his barons thought of this matter and what would be their counsel.
Beneath the foundations of your tower there lies a pool, both great and deep, and by reason of this water your building faileth to the ground. Right easily may this be assured. Bid your men to delve. ” The king bade therefore that the earth should be 42 Wace digged, and the pool was revealed as Merlin had established. “Masters and great magicians,” cried Merlin, “hearken once more. ” But all the enchanters kept silence and were dumb; yea, for good or ill they made answer never a word. Merlin turned him again to the king.
They went about them, saying each to his fellow that none had seen so mighty a building. They marvelled how these stones were set one upon another, and how they should be got across the sea. “Comrades,” said Merlin, “you are strong champions. ” The young men therefore encompassed the stones be5 Kildare. 53 Arthurian Chronicles fore, behind, and on every side, but heave and tug as mightily as they could, the stones for all their travail would not budge one single inch. “Bestir yourselves,” cried Merlin, “on, friends, on.
Dancing with Joy: 99 Poems by Roger Housden