How to Keep Well

how to keep well

More health tips from The White House Cookbook (1887).

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Just when I thought I couldn’t stand it another minute longer, Friday came.

ebFrom “Crusoe in England” by Elizabeth Bishop.


“Short Bats” — Tom Clark


“Kisses” — Robert Herrick


Only breath (Sappho)


“After Publication of Under the Volcano” — Malcolm Lowry


“Self-Portrait” — Roberto Bolaño


“That after Horror — that ’twas us — ” — Emily Dickinson


“Written on the Blank Space of a Leaf at the End of Chaucer’s Tale of ‘The Floure and the Lefe’” — John Keats


Snakes nest in that mouth (Walt Whitman)


“October” — Robert Frost


Harold Bloom on Wallace Stevens

The dark patches fall (Walt Whitman)


“The Motive for Metaphor” — Wallace Stevens

“The Motive for Metaphor”


Wallace Stevens

You like it under the trees in autumn,
Because everything is half dead.
The wind moves like a cripple among the leaves
And repeats words without meaning.

In the same way, you were happy in spring,
With the half colors of quarter-things,
The slightly brighter sky, the melting clouds,
The single bird, the obscure moon–

The obscure moon lighting an obscure world
Of things that would never be quite expressed,
Where you yourself were not quite yourself,
And did not want nor have to be,

Desiring the exhilarations of changes:
The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being,

The ruddy temper, the hammer
Of red and blue, the hard sound–
Steel against intimation–the sharp flash,
The vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X.