Saturday, June 24, 2006

World Cup Poetry #4

June 23, 2006

France vs. Togo

France defeated Togo 2-0 and advanced to the next round of World Cup competition.

Link to Togolese poet, Kwami E. Nyamidie: here.

Strange thing when researching links to Togolese Poetry, my search brought up "Upright Against the Savage Heavens" blogspot as the second link. To think, a few weeks ago this wouldn't have been possible if I didn't have the invitation to contribute to this wonderful blog.

Link to Charles Baudelaire, extraordinary French poet, here.

Switzerland vs. South Korea

Switzerland defeated South Korea 2-0 and won their group and advanced to the next round. The Swiss will play Ukraine in their next game.

Link to Poetry from Switzerland with English translation offered here.

"Allen Ginsberg has called Ko Un, a magnificent poet, a combination of Buddhist cognoscente, passionate, political libertarian, an naturalist historian."

Link to Korean poet, Ko Un, here.

Ukraine vs. Tunisia

Ukraine bounced back from an opening day loss of 4-0, by defeating Saudi Arabia 4-0 and Tunisia 1-0 to advance to the next round of World Cup play.

Ukraine link here, and a link to Tunisian painters here.

Spain vs. Saudi Arabia

Spain edged Saudi Arabia 1-0 and secured their pass to the next round by defeating all three teams in their group. Spain will face France in their next game.

Here is a link to Spanish poetry in translation. Of interest in connection to Spain is the poetry of Antonio Machado, poet from Spain. Scroll down in the link and you can find Machado's Memory from Childhood. I was lucky to find the book mentioned in the link below at the local library, highly recommended, Roots and Wings: Poetry from Spain, 1900-1975. It's an absolute enjoyable read from start to finish and includes some of the most important poets from Spain.

Saudi poet, Dina Ibrahim, poetry link here.

June 24, 2006

Germany vs. Sweden

This game will be a tough one for the host nation as well for Sweden. With the backing of the home crowd, Germany might get by the Swedes, who have a tough defense and able offensive weapons.

Link to the late German poet, Thomas Kling, here, and a link to Swedish poet, Verner von Heidenstam, here.

Mexico vs. Argentina

I'm pulling for Mexico in this game. That is no secret and I'm counting on the squad from Argentina coming in overconfident. Mexico might get its top offensive weapon back, Jared Borghetti for this game.

Link to Aztec poetry here.

Alfonsina Storni, Argentine poet, born in Switzerland, poetry link here, considered one of the most important Ibero-American poets.

** posted for Luis C. Berriozabal by Christopher Cunningham**


Blogger Luis said...


Germany 2 Sweden 0
Two goals by the 20-year-old
striker, Podolski, did Sweden in,
who missed a penalty shot.

Argentina 2 Mexico 1
My team is out, but what can you say? Argentina needed overtime &
the most fantastic goal of this World Cup to win the game.

Germany will face Argentina next,
which in itself would have been
a dream match-up for a finals game.

Ecuador faces England tomorrow.
Portugal faces Netherlands
tomorrow. Great games. But my
heart is heavy right now.

5:47 PM  
Blogger christopher cunningham said...

AHHHH SHIT. that stinks, LCB. sorry about your teams loss. but it sounds like they fought valiantly and it took almost a miracle to beat em.

great post as always, and we look forward to the finals...

6:46 PM  
Blogger j.b said...

i second cc's post. sorry for your loss and i look forward to the next post.

you done well!

11:13 PM  

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