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June 24, 2011

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Hi Sally,
It sounds to me like you are in heaven. The music, the language, the clattering of morning dishes, the poetry...and, as long you have more or less mastered the ordering of coffee and pastry, (especially ones that look like that, I want to say, mutherf***er, but I will say glorious creation!) you are all set. Wow. Have fun and keep sending us music. It is so incredibly heart-pulling. How do they DO that?? Thanks! Lisa
p.s. the Sophia poem is fantastic. Thanks for that too!

Thanks for listening, Lisa! I'm trying hard to keep paying attention to all I can. ~sally

Sally, I love the Portuguese "s" and I think you've mastered it! I have so many vivid memories of that country. When I was there, people still went to the town squares at night to walk around (just as in Guadalajara, in Ashbery's "The Instruction Manual"). The men wore wonderful bright colored sweaters. And those pastries!
Thanks for bringing this all to life. And thanks for poetry.

"...the day loses its smooth expanses...
And time is transformed
Into toil and the rush
Against time..."

So true. I can totally relate to this.
Sally, I'm grateful to your blog for keeping the rest of us, who are not in Portugal, in the loop. Thank you.

I wish you were all here to marvel in the light, the night, the flavors and sounds...

I, too, love the fado, and Portuguese food, and my imagination of Lisbon (based on Pessoa's poems, the sound of the name, its function in "Casablanca," the Tagus River, and what Stacey says about the place). Never been there, but my dream vacation is Lisbon and the beaches of the Algarve.
Thank you for introducing us to Sophia. Lovely poem. Who translated it?
DL

Sorry for the tardy response. Richard Zenith translated this piece.

Nice, Sally! -Paula Neves-that's pronounced Neve"zgsh". Lol

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