• Amazing video podcasts of images from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Click on the ones titled “Gallery Explorer: –“, hope in vain for Dark Side of the Moon to start up. (Also available on iTunes.)
• Daily dose of tumult on the heath and in the snow: Revisit Vera Pavlova’s “Four Poems” from the New Yorker.
From a 2002 interview with Pavlova:
What are the main critical views of your work?
They go from one extreme to another! On the one hand, I’m regarded as a sort of male invention. On the other, I’m an earth mother, concerned with gynaecological matters and not metaphysics. Also there is the psychoanalytical view, which says my poems are a clear case of intersexuality.
All I could find in a dictionary was: “Intersex, an organism in which
there are no clear indications of male or female gender.”
So, a sexual zero! And what follows from that?
That there’s nothing especially female or male about poetry.