Poetry at the Post: Sipping a Negroni in Sorrento

In the Grips of a Sickness Transmitted by Wolves

Sorrento, at night the long fingers of your orange lights
Prick me in the sizzling streets, where the pinnacles
Of other people ring tinny and papier-mâché…



I’ve been drooling this week over the reissue of a special edition by epicurious on the food and wine of Italy. Not only are there great photos. recipes and regional info, but there is a list of restaurants and cafes to try when traveling—including links to their websites, like the Fauno Bar in Sorrento which according to epicurious writers is a good place to sip on a Negroni as you wait for your ferry to Capri (and read a poem by Monica Ferrell.)


Poetry at the Post: Kevin Young, The Sachensenpiegel Picture-Books and SLU (there’s more too!)

from Book of Hours
The light here leaves you
lonely, fading

as does the dusk
that takes too long


43rd Annual Saint Louis Conference
on Manuscript Studies
Vatican Film Library
Saint Louis University
14-15 October 2016

Guest Speaker
Lowrie J. Daly, S.J., Memorial Lecture on Manuscript Studies:

Madeline H. Caviness
(Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus, Tufts University)
Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books
The Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies is the longest running annual conference in North America devoted exclusively to medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies. Organized by the Vatican Film Library in conjunction with its journal, Manuscripta, the two-day program each year offers a variety of sessions addressing the production, distribution, reception, and transmission of pre-modern manuscripts, including such topics as paleography, codicology, illumination, textual transmission, library history, provenance, cataloguing, and others.


Paper or session proposals are invited for the 43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, to be held at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, 14–15 October 2016. The guest speaker will be Madeline H. Caviness (Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus, Tufts University), speaking on Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books.

Proposals should address the material aspects of late antique, medieval, or Renaissance manuscripts. Papers are twenty minutes in length and a full session normally consists of three papers. Submissions of papers may address an original topic or one of the session themes already proposed. Submissions of original session themes are welcome from those who wish to be organizers.

Sessions Proposed

Patterns of Exchange: Manifestations of Cross-Cultural Practice and Production in Medieval and Renaissance Hebrew Manuscripts
Every year we try to have a panel that parallels the topic explored by the keynote speaker. To complement Madeline Caviness’s “Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books,” we welcome papers that will explore/discuss medieval and Renaissance Hebrew manuscripts that reflect cultural interactions between Christian and Jewish communities in diverse geographical locations.

Manuscripts for Travelers: Directions, Descriptions, and Maps
This session focuses on manuscripts of travel and accounts of places and geographies intended for practical use: perhaps as guidance for a journey; descriptions of topography and marvels, or as travel accounts of pilgrimage, mission, exploration, and commercial or diplomatic expeditions. They could constitute itineraries, guidebooks, narratives, surveys, chorographies, or practical maps such as city plans, local maps, or portolan charts. We invite papers that examine any of these aspects of manuscripts associated with travel, with particular attention to their production, illustration and decoration, use, transmission, or preservation.


Pages with Extended Pedigree: Second-Hand Manuscripts and Their Owners
The names of famous manuscripts come quickly to mind, especially because of their association with wealthy and celebrated figures: the Bedford Hours; the Très Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry; the Bible of Borso d’Este, for example. Less well-known are their subsequent owners, who may have been equally notable but have been eclipsed by the aura surrounding the first. This panel seeks papers that examine the cumulative ownership history of extraordinary manuscripts, before they entered their present holding institutions.

Open Panel
Here is your chance to propose and assemble, or propose and contribute to a panel that speaks to a manuscript theme that you have long been wishing to see explored, or investigated from a particular standpoint. We are open to proposals on all manuscript genres, from any geographical locale, on all aspects of manuscript study: transmission and reception, codicology, local practices of production, collecting, library history, cultural influence, and scholarly use.
Please submit a paper or session title and an abstract of not more than 200 words by 15 March 2016 via our online submission form. Those whose proposals are accepted are reminded that registration fees and travel and accommodation expenses for the conference are the responsibility of speakers and/or their institutions. For more information, contact Erica Lauriello, Library Associate Sr for Special Collections Administration, at 314-977-3090 or vfl@slu.edu.


Poetry at the Post: November 11, 2015—Give Me Peace on Earth

November 11, 2015
In memory of all who have suffered and died in war~


Men jostle and climb to, meet the bristling fire.
Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear

Alvin Thomas Knost
Alvin Thomas Knost

This is a photo of my dad, Alvin (“Al”) Thomas Knost  sometime around 1972.

Al served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Three days after the D Day invasion, his unit was sent from England to Normandy Beach to pick up all the dead and wounded. They continued to follow the troops as they marched through France and into Germany where they encountered the survivors of the Holocaust.

After the war ended, dad returned to the states and resumed his life. He married, apprenticed to become a plumber and had three daughters. Dad died in 1985. While he was live he rarely spoke about his personal experiences in the war but the few times he did, he cried.

Give me love, give me peace on earth…no one says it better than George Harrison:

Poetry at the Post: The Llama Who Had No Pajama!

Peru 2015 Photo courtesy of John Mark Jennings
Peru 2015
Photo courtesy of John Mark Jennings

Did you know there is a Children’s Poet Laureate? Well, there is and has been since 2006. The inaugural Children’s Poet Laureate awarded by the Poetry Foundation was Jack Prelutsky and the current one is Jacqueline Woodson.

You can listen to former Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman reading from her book The Llama Who Had No Pajama here.