[ilds] BookThug announces publication of Narthex and Other Stories by H.D.

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Fri Oct 24 14:57:30 PDT 2014

Dear all,

Two years later, I've finally sat down with H.D.'s book /Narthex & Other 
Stories/.  The Corfu-based story, "Pontikinisi" is spelled such in the 
TOC and advertising materials but "Pontikonisi" in the book's body.

The text is, obviously, very much about Corfu.  It's fictional but does, 
at least in language, allude to her writing on the wall episode, which 
is best described in her /Tribute to Freud/ volume (and which I had the 
great pleasure of teaching on Corfu in 2004).

And now the book goes back to the library...

All best,

On 2012-04-30 8:33 AM, Richard Pine wrote:
> This story (correctly 'Pontikonisi' - did HD really title it
> 'Pontikinisi'?) was presumably inspired during her stay here with Bryher
> in 1920, when she had the 'writing on the wall' experience at the Bella
> Venezia hotel (not on its present site).
> RP
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> *From:* James Gifford <james.d.gifford at gmail.com>
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> *Sent:* Monday, April 30, 2012 5:50 PM
> *Subject:* [ilds] BookThug announces publication of Narthex and Other
> Stories by H.D.
> Hello all,
> This new edition of H.D.'s short stories may be of interest.  Apart from
> Narthex, the book includes her short story "Pontikinisi," which might
> interest Durrellians.
> Cheers,
> James
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: BookThug announces publication of Narthex and Other Stories by H.D.
> Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:14:37 -0400
> From: Hazel Millar <hazel at BOOKTHUG.CA <mailto:hazel at BOOKTHUG.CA>>
> Reply-To: Hilda Doolittle Society Discussions
> BookThug is pleased to announce the publication of Narthex and Other
> Stories by H.D.; edited and with an Afterword by Michael Boughn.
> Department of Reissue no. 8
> Available for purchase online at www.bookthug.ca
> Primarily known as a poet, H.D. was also a prolific prose writer. In
> fact her writing career began with the publication of childrens stories
> in Sunday school magazines. She wrote several novels, only two of which
> were published in her lifetime, and a number of short stories and
> novellas, some of which were published under pseudonyms. Two of the
> three stories reprinted here for the first time were published in the
> 1920s under the names Rhoda Peters and D.A. Hill in Pagany and Life and
> Letters Today. The third story -- really a novella -- was published in
> Alfred Kreymborg's anthology, The Second American Caravan in 1928, and
> has been unavailable ever since. These stories offer a remarkable
> insight into H.D.'s thinking as she struggled to develop her work at a
> transitional time in her life.
> "This is H.D. at her best, speaking, making real for us the range of
> feeling of those possibilities at the edge of our known and defined
> experience which have not been spoken before. It is what I have called
> to myself the "courage of the tenuous" -- the quality in her which has
> most value for me as an artist, especially as a woman artist; the
> willingness to speak of what cannot be proved. What cannot, even, to be
> pointed to in the consensus world we precariously share with each other."
> -- Diane Di Prima
> Michael Boughn has taught literature courses at the University of
> Toronto for 19 years. His own writing includes poetry, fiction,
> non-fiction, and essays. He is the author of H.D.: A Bibliography
> 1905-1990 (1993) and co-editor (with Victor Coleman) of Robert Duncan's
> The H.D. Book (2011). His recent book of poetry, /Cosmographia - A
> Post-Lucretian Faux Micro-Epic/, was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor
> General's Award for Poetry. His mystery novel, /Business As Usual/, was
> published in 2011. Great Canadian Poems for the Aged Vol.1 Illus. Ed is
> forthcoming from BookThug in 2012.
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