October 30th, 2019


George Gordon, Lord Byron: 'Darkness'


I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came and went--and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light:
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The Bonners Ferry Loophole - (wikiwiki)

Bonners Ferry* is a city in and the county seat of Boundary County, Idaho, United States.[4] The population was 2,543 at the 2010 census.

Before the gold rush, only a few visitors had come to the region; one of the first was explorer David Thompson, a cartographer for the North West Company. Thompson and four fellow fur traders arrived in 1808 to trade with the Lower Kootenais. The local natives gave Thompson's party dried fish and moss bread. Thompson returned the next year and established a trading post on Lake Pend Oreille. He was followed in 1846 by Jesuit Priest Father DeSmet, a missionary to the Kootenai Tribe.[6]

On September 20, 1974, the Kootenai Tribe, headed by chairwoman Amy Trice, declared war on the United States government. Their first act was to post soldiers on each end of the highway that runs through the town and they asked people, to pay a toll to drive through what had been the tribe's aboriginal land. The money would be used to house and care for elderly tribal members. Most tribes in the United States are forbidden to declare war on the U.S. government because of treaties, but the Kootenai Tribe never signed a treaty. The dispute resulted in the concession by the United States government and a land grant of 10.5 acres (42,000 m2) that is now the Kootenai Reservation.[10]

Bonners Ferry is 8 miles (13 km) from the site of the Ruby Ridge confrontation and siege in 1992, which occurred just outside Naples, Idaho.

In recent years, Mormon Fundamentalists from nearby Bountiful, British Columbia have established a presence in Bonners Ferry. They have brought with them the controversial practice of plural marriage.[11]

*Not to be confused with Fairy's Boner.

Michael Brett, 'The Protesting Dead'

Cross-post from war_poetry:

The Protesting Dead

Now let us meet the protesting dead
Let us go as they went, like salmon,
As the tides of everything receded,
As the lighthouse shells lit the noisy ocean of the end.

Let us leave the memorial obelisk
With its single finger raised like the kindly rebuke
Of an Italian saint in a beautiful painting;

These are not the commuting dead:
In stone rows as if on train seats.

Beneath lying headstones, in mass graves,
The fighting dead may have liked to speak
Of the beauty that shone in cartridge cases,
Aircraft wings, of friendship, youth and laughter
Sharpened to war’s one end: intensified.

Their raised hands, some taller heads, brush the flower roots of the end:
Poppies, thistles.
Some wear holy medals,
Some carry holy flags
As if still pacing the narrow flagstones of their war.

But around them -around here- are the protesting dead:
Graveless, homeless, in clouds, lowing, looking for names,
Looking for loved ones.

They do not see the fighting dead, do not hear them
Though they walk among them as if among locusts
Or the smoke of burning towns, shielding their eyes.

By Michael Brett

Pick of the Literature

The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below. Repost this and bold the titles you’ve read.

(seen the movie? write '- movie' at the end. or underline).
(only read some? add ' ~' at the end).
(want to read some day? add '- to do' at the end).
(don'r remember if you've read it?  add '- ?' at the end).

(naked list is in comment below)!

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen / movies
2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien - movie
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte - movies
4 Harry Potter series ~
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee / movie
6 The Bible ~
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte / movies soon
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell / movie

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens / movie
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Note - where is Huckleberry Finn? Camus? Hemingway? Kundera? Stevenson? Swift? Defoe? Smollett? Vonnegut? Pynchon? Foster-Wallace? Borges? Kafka? Wilde? Behan? Goethe? Achebe? Lawrence? Homer? Virgil? Sophocles? Shelley? ...