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by Jean Fournell
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: Lorca's Poet in New York
Replies: 17
Views: 2517

Re: Lorca's Poet in New York

Many thanks once again for your appreciation, Bev! And do ask me — hoping I can help… Previously I had skipped this: While looking through that most bloody of poems, The King of Harlem, this line caught my eye, “there must be some way out of here” – it’s the same line from a Bob Dylan song, All Alon...
by Jean Fournell
Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: never-ending gallery
Replies: 120
Views: 12859

Re: never-ending gallery

Maybe he was no direct witness.
by Jean Fournell
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: Lorca's Poet in New York
Replies: 17
Views: 2517

Re: Lorca's Poet in New York

Thank you for your kind appreciation, both of you! Bev, your link to "Little Ashes" helped me very much to better connect to Federico García Lorca. Here a link to the same film, but with Spanish subtitles instead of Turkish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBBpbHXnEvw And yes, those 5 $ were a good ...
by Jean Fournell
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: Lorca's Poet in New York
Replies: 17
Views: 2517

Re: Lorca's Poet in New York

Translation difficulties — more of them “… the tender advances of volcanoes…” (59) “and to the intimate tenderness of volcanoes” – Blind Panorama of New York (75) y para la tierna intimidad de los volcanes. and to the tender intimacy of the volcanoes. “… a chaos of heartbeat and mandolins…” (83) “w...
by Jean Fournell
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: Lorca's Poet in New York
Replies: 17
Views: 2517

Re: Lorca's Poet in New York

For sure, I "don't have the discipline"… Instead of saying a few words about "Famous Blue Raincoat", here I am into translation problems — afraid therefore that I'll have to leave Manhattan to the Americans. Thanks for your appreciation, both of you; and thanks to Bev for the link to the discussion ...
by Jean Fournell
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: Lorca's Poet in New York
Replies: 17
Views: 2517

Re: Lorca's Poet in New York

So far, I had a brief look at the first poem in PNY, and then started reading "Pequeño vals vienés". In the "Take this Waltz" thread, I just posted a first draft of no more than an amateurish attempt at translating "Little Viennese Waltz" — a rather difficult poem, at least for me; and I've only spe...
by Jean Fournell
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Take this Waltz
Replies: 8
Views: 3266

Re: Take this Waltz

Pequeño vals vienés Federico García Lorca En Viena hay diez muchachas, un hombro donde solloza la muerte y un bosque de palomas disecadas. Hay un fragmento de la mañana en el museo de la escarcha. Hay un salón con mil ventanas. ¡Ay, ay, ay, ay! Toma este vals con la boca cerrada. Este vals, este va...
by Jean Fournell
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Take this Waltz
Replies: 8
Views: 3266

Re: Take this Waltz

Here two links to "Pequeño vals vienés" by Federico García Lorca
(Music based on "Take This Waltz" by Leonard Cohen)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft4qigSb-gA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqwjjgDIkfE
by Jean Fournell
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 661
Views: 91044

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Rob, I liked your post. May I nevertheless suggest double-checking your quotations? my feelings on Dress Rehearsal Rag are different than yours (suicide remains foreign to me... in thought and deed) Agreed: the stunt man (not "star" man) doesn't seem likely to commit suicide, pan ned by the cameras ...
by Jean Fournell
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 661
Views: 91044

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Good choice! They have the Colorado there, where children used to turn into American Indians (but times may have changed). William Cody used to be remembered there, too, who toured this part of the world in 1889 (centenary of the Taking of the Bastille). In a weave of truth and legend, his cowboys t...
by Jean Fournell
Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 661
Views: 91044

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

That's good news indeed, Bev.
So they were able to read and write, after all…
(A bilingual "Poet in New York" is rapidly climbing upwards on my wishlist.)

Its4inthemorning, I couldn't agree more!
My best wishes for "the end of December", and for January, and for quite a bit longer, too! :D
by Jean Fournell
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album
Replies: 9
Views: 1115

Re: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album

Once a wise old man, on his deathbed, was asked who his teacher had been. He replied that he had had many teachers, but that two of them were more important to him than the others. (Now I've forgotten who the first of those two teachers was.) "The second one", the old man said, "was a child, carryin...
by Jean Fournell
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album
Replies: 9
Views: 1115

Re: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album

until the eternal Footman snickers. Yep! :D Don't we all harbour the Grim Reaper at the very core of our body? Isn't it he, the skeleton, who helps us keep upright? Isn't death the nothing we keep coming from? Isn't anybody "who loves changing from nothing to one" merely lost in some helpless wishf...
by Jean Fournell
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 661
Views: 91044

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

The book "Poeta en Nueva York" by Federico García Lorca has arrived, but it's in Spanish only. Bookdepository very politely apologised for the "error in the catalogue" and issued a complete refund, telling me to "Please, keep the wrong title". This is more than decent! A really pleasant surprise! No...
by Jean Fournell
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 661
Views: 91044

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

I didn’t know I had such influence, ha! Ha, Bev, the power, or is it: "the beauty of the word"… Sometimes words can modify the material world. That's the basic assumption of the Sufi dhikr ("mention" of the name of Allah). There was an interesting discussion here, too: https://leonardcohenforum.com...

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