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Everydayness Paul Mann  It looks harmless enough, everydayness. Schedules, routines, the daily round, the errands, the shopping, the gardening, the transient nuisances, the little kindnesses, the minor irritations, the spikes of pleasure and pain, the tedium, the evening pint or scotch, the leaning back and relaxing after satisfying work. Though we are always in a

Paul Mann: Fig Leaves and Other Risible Camouflage

It is said love conquers all. Down the ages vaunted lovers discovered otherwise: Adam and Eve, Antony and Cleopatra, Abelard and Héloïse, Dante and Beatrice, Petrarca and Laura, Tristan and Iseult, Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky, Emma Bovary and Rodolph Boulanger, Daisy Fay Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. They learned that love, said to bear all

Paul Mann: The Nature of Experience

The Nature of Experience Paul Mann The truth is not beautiful. – Lao Tzu He who has lived as a thinking being Within his soul must hold men small. – Pushkin Clouds drift without design, leaves scatter without a plan. So too mischance and randomness overthrow our puny schemes, smear our puerile blueprints. Our very bodies

A Winter’s Tale

A Winter’s Tale Paul Mann The sky is leaden and snow is falling, the first of the season; big flakes now but no accumulation yet. White silence lies thick on everything; it is a soundless and comforting elegy. But the winter quiet is marred by masculine guffaws, and by the thud of fire and heat

The latest from Union poet laureate Paul Mann

Lollipop Rainbow, Blueberry Sky The fairy glass clouds storming over Arcadia are blueberry dark, but lucent with forks of alabaster lightning. The lollipop rainbow is a dream arc the ancients called a bridge between earth and heaven, our link to the immortal gods of Olympus. Yet the magical colors, intoxicating as Circe’s elixir, would turn