on poetry

June 16, 2022

“I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”
Joyce Carol Oates
(b. June 16, 1938)

digital Bloomsday

June 16, 2020

Most years, June 16 would find crowds of James Joyce readers following a band of actors through the streets of Dublin in celebration of Bloomsday. This year, you can find Bloomsday online quite easily, thanks to the diligent efforts of Meleah Fain and Marie Sartain at the James Joyce Quarterly at the University of Tulsa. See their growing Digital Bloomsday list and choose your own celebration.


June 14, 2019

Sunday, June 16, is Bloomsday, a commemoration of the life and words of James Joyce, celebrated with readings from Ulysses.

In Seattle, the Wild Geese Players will present a staged reading of Chapter 10, “Wandering Rocks,” adapted from the 1922 edition of Ulysses.

The group’s 22nd annual Bloomsday reading will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 2:00pm in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Seattle Central Library.

They will also be reading excerpts from the book at 6:00pm today, Friday, June 14, at Folio Seattle.

cover, Ulysses by James JoyceToday, June 16, is Bloomsday. It’s the day on which the events unfolded in Ulysses, by James Joyce. Celebrated in Dublin since 1954, Bloomsday is marked each year by Joyce fans with readings, walks and other celebrations of Leopold and Molly Bloom. (Read more about the origins of Bloomsday.)

If you’re inclined to celebrate and you’re not in Dublin for the Bloomsday Festival, you could choose a random line from Ulysses as a poetry prompt. The full text is available free from Project Gutenberg. You could follow in Bloom’s footsteps with the help of JoyceWays, an app that takes you to more than 100 locations from the book, with excerpts along the way (more JoyceWays on Facebook). You could also check out the Naxos iPad app, James Joyce’s Ulysses: a Guide.

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June 16, 2015

He liked thick word soup

In honor of Bloomsday, which is celebrated each June 16 by James Joyce fans worldwide, try your hand at He liked thick word soup, a Joycean app by chronotext / Ariel Malka.

The idea is that by manually untangling word threads and matching them to part of a phrase from Ulysses, the player is actually doing a close reading of a short passage from the dense novel.

It’s available for iPhone and Android and it’s free.

June 16

June 16, 2014

Bloomsday drawing by Alexander Morozov
June 16, 2014, is the 110th anniversary of Bloomsday, which celebrates Leopold Bloom’s single day of unfolding events in James Joyce’s Ulysses (not to be confused with the recent Bloomsday Run in Spokane).
The day is marked with readings and reenactments worldwide, and while many happened over the weekend, there are still excellent ways to observe this literary day.

First and foremost, pull that dusty copy of Ulysses off the shelf, open it to any page and read it aloud. Oops, don’t have it? Don’t despair. It’s free online at Project Gutenberg.

Then, stroll over to the Found Poetry Review to peruse Lá Bloom, a special, brand-new, online issue with found poems sourced from Joyce’s Ulysses.

Learn more about Bloomsday at the James Joyce Centre online and on Facebook. Listen to a rare recording of Joyce himself reading from the Aeolus episode of Ulysses (there’s lots of static, but the text is printed on the same page of The Public Domain Review). See what’s tweeting at #bloomsday. Set your clock for 7:00 p.m. Eastern time and listen in to Radio Bloomsday, a seven-hour reading, including a full two-and-a-half hour version of Molly Bloom’s monologue, the novel’s final chapter. Listen live or stream into the wee hours on WBAI. And if you’re still awake, go to your favorite video store and check out the documentary In Bed with Ulysses. Happy Bloomsday!
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drawing by Alexander Morozov

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