This is a reblog from last year, and I'm sharing again because there was a climate-crisis-related Anthesteria poem in the post that you may enjoy. Of course, this year is snowier — but the climate crisis is here all the same. As a follow-up to what I said at the end about feeling sick last … Continue reading Blast from the Past — Happy Anthesteria 2020 (699.3)
The Anthesteria is one of my favorite ancient festivals. This year, the historical dates run from sundown tonight (the 22nd) through sundown on the 25th. May you experience all the joys and blessings of the season. Tonight is a good night to open a bottle of wine and make a generous sponde for Dionysos. Blessèd, … Continue reading Happy Anthesteria
Montsechia vidalii. (2017, March 18). Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Retrieved 23:24, February 5, 2020. Cropped photo. This is one of the world's oldest flowering plant fossils. Changes There is no snow this Anthesteria,no struggling walk in half-darkness,only the old decay of late-fall leaves,flocks of black birds fleeing skyward,the air too sticky, the grass yet … Continue reading Happy Anthesteria 2020 (699.3)
The Anthesteria began at sundown, but I have felt it in the air with keen anticipation all day. Right now, at 7 PM, I am in my apartment eating dinner — ginger pork over rice with broccoli and toasted seaweed snacks — and after I finish eating, check Twitter, and ritually shower, I will open … Continue reading Happy Anthesteria 699.2!