Dear Reflections visitors – Leon Malinofsky is 64 and in poor health.
I (Leon) will keep Reflections alive as long as I can,
but already I
find difficulty in walking, and am no longer able to drive. A year ago
I was in worse shape, but the doctors are no longer numbering my
days! If you knew me in the Good Old Days, please get in touch. I
never knew not having a car would circumscribe life so much!
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In the life of a man, his time is but a moment.... his sense, a dim rushlight. All that is body is as coursing waters.... all that is of the soul, as dreams, and vapors. -- Marcus Aurelius
Many grains of frankincense on the same altar; one falls before, another after-- it makes no difference. -- Marcus Aurelius
Zum Sehen geboren / Zum Schauen bestellt, / Dem Turme geschworen / Gefällt mir die Welt. -- Goethe
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Dylan Thomas reads "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" (.wav - 1,060,864 bytes)Approximately a 7-minute download time at 28.8 Kbps. TrueSpeech version (.tsp - 102,714 bytes!)
Dylan Thomas reads "And Death Shall Have No Dominion" (.wav - 1,236,992 bytes)Approximately a 9-minute download time at 28.8 Kbps. TrueSpeech version (.tsp - 160,000 bytes!)
An exaltation from the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss (.wav - 712,704 bytes) A five-minute download time at 28.8 Kbps and well worth it. TrueSpeech version. mp3 version! The CD of this stunning, legendary performance, by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, is only $12. at Amazon!!
The Two Trees, sung by Loreena Mckennitt
Reading the lyrics by W.
B. Yeats while hearing this music can be a transcendent, unforgettable
experience. Here is an image of Loreena Mckennitt!
The selection is from McKennitt's album entitled "The Mask and Mirror".
Amazon has the entire CD for about $15, and it is great!
The Shepherd's Lament (Goethe), translation by Leon Malinofsky
Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae, by Ernest Dowson
-- ("I am not quite as I was under the rule of the beautiful Cynara")
The Theologian's Tale, by H. W. Longfellow
-- A tale of faith and courtship told in plain dactyls, with a powerful subtext. From "Tales of a Wayside Inn".
A Pilgrimage to Kevlaar (Heine), translation by Leon
--"Die Wallfahrt Nach Kevlaar" is an unusually powerful work of passion, prayer and deliverance.
To the One of Fictive Music, by Wallace Stevens
Sometimes The Sky's Too Bright, by Dylan Thomas (with interpretation)
Letter To My Aunt Discussing The Correct Approach to
Modern Poetry, by Dylan Thomas
-- "A Letter To My Aunt" is a satire, in verse, of an aunt's poetic pretensions
The Singer (Goethe), English translation by Leon Malinofsky
A Forsaken Garden, by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The Law of the Yukon, by Robert W. Service -- a rather different view of nature from Swinburne's.
White Orchids -- photography by Leon Malinofsky. High-resolution copy of image used as background for "The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower", above. Approximately 1.7 MB. The image may be used freely.
Farewell to Eros, by Clark Ashton Smith
Bette Davis Eyes -- song lyrics by Donna Weiss/Jackie DeShannon
The God and the Bayadere (Goethe) -- One of the very finest ballads by Goethe, here in English translation by Leon Malinofsky.
The Comedian Harmonists, a group of six young men, sang in Cabaret-era Berlin (early 1930s). Their renditions radiate pure joy.
Ich und Du (You and I), by Christian Friedrich Hebbel
Es Färbte Sich Die Wiese Grün (With Color Blooms the Meadow Green), by Novalis
Das Veilchen (The Violet), - Goethe In 21 brief, elegant lines Goethe captures the epitome of romantic devotion.
Thanatopsis, by William Cullen Bryant
in a middle of a room, by e e cummings
The Garden of Proserpine, by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The Reaper and the Flowers, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow --written by the poet after the tragic loss of his wife and children in a fire.
what if a much of a which of a wind, by e e cummings
Fern Hill, read aloud by Dylan Thomas (True Speech audio file... see note above!)
Of Mere Being, by Wallace Stevens
The Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait, by Dylan Thomas
The Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait, read aloud by Dylan Thomas. (TrueSpeech audio file-- see note above!)
Moonlight -- brief verse
The Fish, by Rupert Brooke
The Dark Side of the Moon (.jpg- 206,259 bytes)
Orbit of Venus (.gif- 236,597 bytes)
A Landing on the Surface of Mars (.jpg- 296,449 bytes)
Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor
Perhaps the strangest voyage of all.
The Common Cult, by George Sterling
All Along The Watchtower, by Bob Dylan
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Beethoven (.wav - 1,308,672 bytes) From the Hammerklavier sonata in B-flat, Op. 106, performed by Rudolf Serkin. TrueSpeech version. mp3 version! Midi file version (entire movement)
Schubert-- Der Doppelgänger.
Performed in Russian by the legendary Feodor
Chaliapin. For an
English translation of the lyrics, look
Der Blumen Schmerz (a song by Franz Schubert) -- sheet music only in .pdf format. One of the rare, undiscovered gems of the Schubert songs. With an interlined English translation by Leon Malinofsky. Edited text of the English translation.
Visit to the Musee D'Orsay
Eleven superb (mostly impressionist) paintings.
Nyctalops, by Clark Ashton Smith
The Lord of the Smoking Mirror-- Tezcatlipoca, most potent and implacable of the Aztec deities. Speaks in Delphic portents through the mirror, his gateway. Look into the smoking glass-- what is he saying?
University of Toronto Library -- poems and literature in English
The poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Project Bartleby - Works of Melville, Shelley, Wordsworth, Wilde, Whitman
Dead Poets Society -- formerly known as
Richard's Poetry Library.
A wonderful collection of favorite poems.
The Thinking Man's Minefield
Some intriguing, some outrageous intellectualisms compiled by Kevin Solway
Booklovers: Fine Books and Literature Page
-- maintained by Piet Wesselman
Poetry Lover's Guide to the World Wide Web -maintained by Lucius Furius. Poems by Lucius Furius
The Wondering Minstrels -- A rich poetry archive created by Abraham Thomas and Martin DeMello at Rice University-- browse alphabetically through an extensive list of significant poets. You can also join a poem-a-day email list. Great for discovering new poems!
Leon Malinofsky, lmalinofsky -at- gmail -dot- com
For the terminally bored or morbidly
curious, some biographical information on Leon
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