Saturday, May 24, 2008

Yannis Ritsos and the New Blog Look


If you don't know about it already, make time to check out the blog Hints: The Poetry of Yannis Ritsos,
it is a daily posting of the works of this magnificent Greek poet. Here is a poem from their post last yesterday:


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The Shadows of Birds: 42

42.
Discreet lights of avenues
beneath the trees
a bicycler talks
with a soldier
a drinking glass breaks
on the pavement
the orange juice sketches
a broad-shouldered angel
with one foot missing.

Athens—May 15, 1980


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Meanwhile, hope you like the new look of the blog. There were a number of reasons I changed, not the least of which was I was getting sick of the old color. More importantly, with a color background Blogger was not allowing me to indent individual lines of poems, so any poems with variously indented lines couldn't be used, which is a pretty big limitation. Here is an example of a poem from issue #146 of Lilliput that I would not have been able to print previously:



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field of sunflowers
---far as the eye can see
_____farther
Anne LB Davidson

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Before, no matter what I did with the formatting, it would have come out like this:


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field of sunflowers
far as the eye can see
farther

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Obviously, you can see in this case that this violates the poet's intent. Hence, the new look. The workaround I came up with is kind of goofy, but it appears to work in both Firefox and Explorer, so I'm good.


For now,
Don


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4 comments:

Greg Schwartz said...

I like the new look (and both poems). I've never heard of Yannis Ritsos, but I'll have to check him out.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Greg:

Thanks. Yes, Yannis is fantastic and I'm excited to see that new site. Anne LB Davidson is a haiku poet of the very highest quality.

Glad you like the look - it was that indenting problem that was driving me nuts.

best,
Don

Charles Gramlich said...

I like that "shadow of Birds" very much. Love the angel image in the spill.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Charles:

Ritsos work is very powerful and there are a number of translations out there; I own a couple of anthologies. Scott King's work on his website is very good, indeed.

Don