One of the great essayists of our time, the erudite Guy Davenport, who during the last 40 years of his life spent most of his time in rural Kentucky: Nov. 23, 1927 - 2005…
Davenport has also created some of the most relevant translations from classical Greek, esp. of Heraclitus and Sappho. In addition to his work with non-fiction and translation he wrote poetry, short stories and created visual art (often illustrating his own books).
Above: A small excerpt from The Resurrection in Cookham Churchyard, Poetry, 1963
This poem details the manner of resurrection of a large number of notable personages, including the following:
Christina Rosetti: English Pre-Raphaelite poet
Ludwig Wittgenstein: Austrian philosopher playing language games
In search of the philosopher's stone, we are melting like copper;
you whose philosopher's stone is cushion and pillow, sleep on.
I have abandoned hope for my brain and head; you who wish for
a clear head and fresh brain, sleep on.
I have torn speech like a tattered robe and let words go;
you who are still dressed in your clothes, sleep on. (Rumi)
Translated by Jack Marshall
Coffeehouse Press, October 1986
Much like J.D. Salinger, Aldous Huxley was an adherent of Vedantic faith. In fact, together with Gerald Heard, Christopher Isherwood, and other followers he was initiated by the Swami Prabhavananda and was taught meditation and spiritual practices…
“All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.” ― Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow
Photo: Bassano, September 1931 - vintage print (NPG, London)