Brett Hetherington

Banner photos: Cornelia Kraft

Your own sun pearl is happy

       It is deliverance

Happy is walking and dropping from nowhere

       It is weightless

Happy is not over there               

      Happy is just about to know you

It’s the hand that sayeth go thou go thou


And happy is driving through it


Happy is no one’s measly mantra

        Happy is jawbones

It’s the sight of sane eyes

         It is downstairs in a box of photos

And is not interested in laws


Happy, the light that angles in

        The musical proposition of hearing words well

Happy to wait without caring and happy with the empty cart

         The start of it all and the last

Happy is the life of fountains

          It’s getting lost to know

And it’s what is still standing tomorrow


Happy is not smugness

          Happy is the bed of years

The pillow of doubt

          It is sprung to your liking

Happy is piling in

         Kissed up and ripe

It is what stirs


Happy is the carrying ant

        The tender light

And stepping into sun

        It is not purchasable

It is let in the dogs

        Happy is cheating no one

Happy is great is my love for this world

All my new and up-dated blog posts can now be found at my blog: "Standing in a Spanish Doorway."


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A Very Brief History of Ladino Literature/ Manuel Forcano’s “Catalan Jews”


"The Sephardi Jews who settled in the Ottoman empire created a rich and varied literature in Ladino—their own dialect of Spanish written in Hebrew characters. Avner Perez traces the history of this literature and its connection to contemporary Spanish literature:


For a long time, researchers thought that literary creation in Ladino had only begun in the first third of the 18th century. Material discovered in recent years has given us a completely different picture. The intellectual elite of the exiled Jews spoke a [uniquely Jewish] dialect, but was still part of the Hispanic world and used literary Castilian in its literary creations...


Read more at eSefarad    


Manuel Forcano launched his new book last week...


"(Barcelona, 1968; philologist, poet, translator), Els jueus catalans. La història que mai no t’han explicat. [The Catalan Jews: the history they never told you], 384 pages.


The publisher’s summary:


This book gives an overview of the history of Jews in Catalonia, from the first mentioning to the current Jewish communities. When they arrived, where they settled, how they lived, who persecuted them and for which reasons, how they survived the attacks, where and how they prayed, how they organized themselves, which figures led them, what of them has survived, what they wrote and if they did so in Hebrew or Catalan – these are some of the questions that the book answers in an informative and entertaining way. During their century-long presence in Catalonia, from the Jewish communities arose geographers, grammaticians, physicians, poets, philosophers, theologians and kabbalists of enormous prestige, even today venerated in the Jewish world, but unfortunately hardly known in Catalonia.”


Read more from source, Literary Rambles blog here.


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Video: talking and listening on "Our Finest Hour" once more


This Thursday I was again a guest on Matthew Tree's English language panel discussion programme, "Our Finest Hour," on El Punt Avui TV.

Also involved were Gary Gibson, maker of the documentary
“Spain’s Secret Conflict” and speechwriter Madeline Carey.

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Spain once planned to invade Australia with an armada

[Spanish naval officer Alessandro Malaspina]

"Documents discovered in the archives of the Spanish navy reveal that Spain planned to invade the nascent British colony in Australia in the mid-1790s.

Chris Maxworthy, vice president of the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH), found the documents detailing a plan of attack approved by King Carlos IV to fire “hot shot” cannons, cannons that fired heated balls that could set wooden ships and buildings on fire as well as blow large holes in them, on Port Jackson, modern-day Sydney Harbour. "

Read more from the source (The History Blog) here.

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Video: Naomi Klein launches her new book in Barcelona

Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein this week launched presented her new book, "This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs. The Climate" at the Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona (CCCB).

In this video (with Catalan subtitles) Klein links the idea of political independence with more a independent energy policy.

She was my first journalistic interview in 2000 at the time her excellent first book "No Logo" came out and (even over the telephone) was one of the nicest people I've ever talked to.

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