A Blakean Jack-O'-Lantern

Can there be a more Blakean Halloween image than "The Ghost of a Flea"? How fantastic would that look...

Blake Quarterly (fall 2021)

Our autumn 2021 issue (vol. 55, no. 2) is out now; it will be open access for a week.

"All his neighbourhood bewail his loss": Bo Ossian Lindberg, 1937-2021

This obituary is by Morton D. Paley, co-editor of Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly.

Blake Quarterly (summer 2021)

The first issue of volume 55 (summer 2021) is available online today. It will be open access until the...

Melanie Smith and the Influence of Blake

Melanie Smith is one of the leading artists of her generation. Her recent piece Vortex is a multimedia work...
BAND, Holiday
A Blakean Jack-O'-Lantern
Blake Quarterly, Publications
Blake Quarterly (fall 2021)
Blake Quarterly, Guest Post
"All his neighbourhood bewail his loss": Bo Ossian Lindberg, 1937-2021
Blake Quarterly, Publications
Blake Quarterly (summer 2021)
Guest Post
Melanie Smith and the Influence of Blake
BAND, Digital Humanities

Ginsberg’s Memories of Blake’s Sunflower

Recently, while looking for inspiration for a poetry assignment, I revisited one of my favorite poems, Allen Ginsberg’s “Sunflower Sutra.” I always loved this poem for its energy and relentless optimism. After arriving at a dock and sitting “under the huge shade of a Southern/Pacific locomotive to look at the sunset over the/box house hills and cry,” Ginsberg sees a dead sunflower and goes into a fit of emotions, ending with the cheery declaration, “we’re all beautiful golden sunflowers inside.” But this journey is not easy. Before Ginsberg’s uplifting conclusion, we’re first taken through a sort of microcosm of the industrial wasteland that is America:

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BAND, Digital Humanities

The Emendations in Poetical Sketches

Blake’s earliest work, Poetical Sketches, is printed in a typographically traditional way, which made reproducing a digital edition of Sketches a little anomalous. Noting and describing Blake’s handwritten emendations and other printing errors initiated questions that went beyond typical Archive standards.

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Publications

Publication: Works in Preview

The William Blake Archive is pleased to launch Works in Preview, a new wing presenting designs that are among Blake’s largest and most complex. Instead of waiting until the details of the designs are fully encoded—which makes them more fully searchable but can take years to complete—the Archive is presenting the designs in an environment that enables viewers to enlarge them many times their true size to reveal details not previously visible in any reproductions.

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Blake Quarterly

Blake Quarterly (winter 2020-21)

Recently I saw a message from university advancement that mentioned a “gift burst,” whereupon I resolved to label our next publication announcement an issue burst. I’m imagining celebratory confetti fluttering down as we release our winter issue (vol. 54, no. 3) online today. As ever, it will be open access until the end of the month.

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