Winter, don’t ever be over. So that Spring
never has to show up, and no armies can
come marching in on us, while they’re still waiting for Spring. Wild
forest creatures will stay calm asleep, dreaming of
Winter, don’t ever be over. All will stay shut in
at home, sleeping all the while, with the vile evildoers, tramps
and wheeler dealers all frozen stiff, all will be drinking
with prostitutes, like children in their innocence
until the Spring,
which is never to come.
Don’t show up, Spring. Keep all your
blossoms, smells, kisses and crusts—
I want to stay calmly drinking my wine
with old friends—while it’s still winter,
while the armies haven’t marched in yet—
O snow, keep on snowing, as deep, impenetrable,
cold, as in the winter of 1812,
until it’s Spring,
that’s never to come.
Translated, from Lithuanian, by Vyt Bakaitis
JONAS MEKAS has often been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema."
fiveBy Peter Covino
MARCH 2023 | Poetry
Peter Covino is a poet, editor, and translator whose poems are widely published in the U.S. and Italy. Hes the author of four books including Cut Off the Ears of Winter and The Right Place to Jump. A former social worker in NYC, hes currently an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode. Hes one of the founding editors of Barrow Street Press, and the Ocean State Review. Youll learn more than you need to know about him if you google or at petercovino.com.
The Greatest Films You’ll Never SeeBy Edward Mendez and Laura Valenza
DEC 22–JAN 23 | Film
Our goal is to raise awareness of movies on film in need of preservation, of indie or experimental films that don't get the attention they deserve, and even of bigger productions that were cast aside for unjust political reasons. With advice from our contributors, the film editors present you with our winter 2022 list of the greatest films youll never see.
Modigliani Up CloseBy Phyllis Tuchman
FEB 2023 | ArtSeen
Modigliani Up Close, the impressive retrospective on display at the Barnes Foundationits only venuethis autumn and winter rekindled my deep-rooted feelings for the artist. The scholarly, well-written exhibition catalogue, accessible to laymen, added further to my appreciation.
35. February 11, 1963, 23 Fitzroy Road and 3 Abbey Road, LondonBy Raphael Rubinstein
DEC 22–JAN 23 | The Miraculous
Its the nations coldest winter in more than 200 years. Much of the country is covered in snow from December until March. Everything freezes, from water pipes to monumental fountains to streams and rivers. Travel is disrupted, food stocks begin to run low, a regional newspaper reports with dismay that two swans have been found frozen to death on a nearby river.