Friday, April 17, 2015

from idea 61 by michael drayton

"Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part,
Nay, I have done: you get no more of me,"

from Idea 61, by Michael Drayton

petting zoo at harvard yard

These youngsters are brought to Harvard to help students deal with their stress. Not sure who's going to help the animals from dealing with the stress of being mobbed by students!


Sisa Abu Dooah has lived and worked as a man for over 40 years, ever since her husband died and left her penniless and pregnant. She worked as a construction worker and now works as a shoe shine, but until she was awarded a "woman breadwinner" accolade by the Egyptian President, most people in her village didn't know she was a woman.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

from full moon and little frieda, by ted hughes

"A cool small evening shrunk to a dog bark and the clank of a bucket -"

from Full Moon and Little Frieda, by Ted Hughes

strange bird


A renowned Welsh poet was stabbed to death by her stepson, who was jealous of her success and felt she thought he was a failure. His father described him as a "strange character and a bully who drank like a fish and became a wild animal."

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

from prayer, by carol ann duffy

"... Then dusk, and someone calls
a child's name as though they named their loss.

Darkness outside. Inside, the radio's prayer -
Rockall. Malin. Dogger. Finisterre."

from Prayer, by Carol Ann Duffy

the fire pits at harvard yard

So we seem to have skipped spring, and gone straight to summer, but they still haven't taken the Harvard fire pits away, and even if they're unlit, they're still a great place to hang out. 


A mother has been arrested after officials carrying out an eviction order found the bodies of two of her children, aged 11 and 14, in the freezer.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

from naima by kamau brathwaite

"Propped against the crowded bar
he pours into the curved and silver horn
his old unhappy longing for a home"

from Naima (for John Coltrane) by Kamau Brathwaite