By Brenda Hillman
The poems in Brenda Hillman's new assortment, a significant other quantity to her fresh demise Tratates, provide a dynamic imaginative and prescient of a universe based at the tensions among gentle and darkish, lifestyles and non-existence, female and male, spirit and subject. educated partly through Gnostic options of the separate soul looking for its divine origins ("spirit held by means of matter"). This dualistic imaginative and prescient is solid in modern phrases and seeks solution of those tensions via popularity.
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And yet no one would have said that their life was easy, certainly not their young brother. They had to scrape painfully to send about £13 a month between them to their mother and brothers. In December 1884 John went to stay with Moss at the Beau Sejour, but was miserably embarrassed at the state of his wardrobe : 'ragged shirts, that are well-nigh bare at the sleeves and collars with constant manipulation of the scissors to cut the shirtings : the knee-bulging trousers, the stained and glittering coat'.
It is connected with the boredom behind Waiting for the Barbarians ( 1 6); it is certainly the inspiration of The town (23). You said : 'I'll find some other land, I'll find some other sea : Somewhere there must be, surely, a better town. My every attempt here is like a charge written down Against me, and my heart -like a corpse- buried away. In this swamp is my mind always to stay? ' You'll not find another place, you'll not find another sea. This city is going to follow you. You'll stray In the same streets.
Cavafy may very well have been quite 'a ladies' man' in a social sort of way. We know that Paul was- we have only to glance at his full dance programmes. It is easy to imagine Constantine handing ices and coffee to ladies at parties full of British officers he may have gone there half in hope of seeing the officers. He may (for all we know) have been quite a favourite with Lady Zervudachi; hers was the first name on Haricleia's visiting list. In July 188g Michael Ralli returned to Alexandria: Stephen Schilizzi and John Rodocanachi remained in Liverpool.
Bright Existence by Brenda Hillman