Happiness

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If luck you chase, you have not grown
enough for happiness to stay,
not even if you get your way. Continue reading

Looking for the Gulf Motel

 

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Richard Blanco (2nd Inauguration of President Obama)

There should be nothing here I don’t remember . . .

The Gulf Motel with mermaid lampposts
and ship’s wheel in the lobby should still be
rising out of the sand like a cake decoration.
My brother and I should still be pretending
we don’t know our parents, embarrassing us
as they roll the luggage cart past the front desk
loaded with our scruffy suitcases, two-dozen
loaves of Cuban bread, brown bags bulging
with enough mangos to last the entire week, Continue reading

“Max and Moritz” by Wilhelm Busch – Part Three

 

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Max und Moritz was initially rejected for publication, it was never meant to be a children’s book.  It was Busch’s publisher Kaspar Braun who suggested offering it through the children’s book division of his publishing house rather than in the pages of the satirical weekly, Fliegende Blätter, as Busch had suggested. Braun paid Busch 1000 guilders, the equivalent of about 2 years’ pay for a craftsman, for the rights to his manuscript. Continue reading