They're Beloved! No. 12

Things we enjoyed this week and hope that you will too! This week: remembering Leonard Cohen, a rare Anne Frank poem, limited edition Jane Eyre manuscripts, and photographing poets.

 

Leonard Cohen: Singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen passed away yesterday at the age of 82. You may know Cohen from his song "Hallelujah," famously covered by Jeff Buckley in 1994. (At least, this is how I knew of Cohen.) I hadn't known that he was also a poet. I was particularly struck by this poem of his, which I was able to find here

The Only Poem

This is the only poem
I can read
I am the only one
can write it
I didn’t kill myself
when things went wrong
I didn’t turn
to drugs or teaching
I tried to sleep
but when I couldn’t sleep
I learned to write
I learned to write
what might be read
on nights like this
by one like me

-Leonard Cohen

 

Anne Frank's poetryThe Guardian reports that there is a rare, handwritten poem by Anne Frank being auctioned off. Written for her best friend and dated March 28, 1942, the poem is expected to sell for 30,000 Euros. (Does anyone else feel that this is somehow mercenary?) I couldn't find the text of the poem, alas. So here is a different poem that she wrote for friend Eva Goldberg:

‘Dear Eva,
Share your joy with many,
fun and pleasure with everyone,
your sorrow with only a few,
and with those you love your heart.
In memory of your friend
Anne Frank’
29-1-1939

For further reading on Anne Frank's poems for her friends, Maria Popova at Brain Pickings wrote a piece about "friendship books" in Frank's day and shares an entry penned by Frank, which has been reprinted in The Secret Museum by Molly Oldfield.

 
Charlotte Bronte published Jane Eyre under the pseudonym Currer Bell to preserve her anonymity and conceal her gender. Her sisters also published under pseudonyms.

Charlotte Bronte published Jane Eyre under the pseudonym Currer Bell to preserve her anonymity and conceal her gender. Her sisters also published under pseudonyms.

Jane Eyre manuscript: A reproduction of the handwritten manuscript of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte will be published for the first time, featuring Bronte's own edits and etchings by Edmund Garrett from an 1897 edition. The manuscript is the oldest surviving copy of the novel, and it is the only one in existence. Publishing such a reproduction had never been attempted due to the technical challenges. The edition is limited to 1,000 copies, which you can check out here.

 
Image and caption courtesy of PBS: Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo appears in this portrait based on his poem “Epicurus.” Photo by B.A. Van Sise

Image and caption courtesy of PBS: Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo appears in this portrait based on his poem “Epicurus.” Photo by B.A. Van Sise

Photographing poets: PBS takes a look at "Whitman's Descendants" by B.A. Van Sise, who has set out to capture portraits of America's contemporary poets. A distant descendant of Whitman, Van Sise has captured poets who have been in residency at Whitman's birthplace in Long Island, New York, but he has also expanded that focus to include poets whose work engages with Whitman's legacy. The photographs are highly individualistic, evoking the spirit of each poet's work and tying in to the particular work selected to accompany the photo.

 

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