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“Alone, one feels the whole universe”: Celebrating Capricorn Writers

Posted by Sarah Bofenkamp on

Imagine a centuries-old ivy plant, growing wild with the names and knowledge of every possible Capricorn. There would be a leaf for Susan Sontag and Stephen Hawking, Donna Tartt and Sheila Heti, Jean Toomer and J.R.R. Tolkien. You could say to it, “Tell me about Yukio Mishima” or “What was Alan Watts really like?” and it would weave you a silver-tongued story. Like the sign itself, it would climb. It would defy gravity. It would possess a certain and undeniable beauty, especially in the winter.

A time of brightening days and new years, Capricorn season is one of great lengths and even greater goals. It is the season of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Greta Thunberg: the season of overcoming, of holding court. Capricorns are leaders just as they are ladder-climbers and nothing, whether it be freedom or fame, is out of their reach.

Being the cardinal earth sign of the zodiac, however, they are still their most rooted in the physical world. Bodily, obsessive, and often indelicate, their lot also includes the likes of Haruki Murakami, Simone de BeauvoirJ.D. Salinger, and Patti Smith. Not to mention Henry Miller, who said it best for all of them when he wrote, The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. In this state of god-like awareness one sings; in this realm the world exists as poem.”

Sarah J. Bofenkamp is a reader, writer, and librarian living in Palouse, Washington.

 

More Notable Capricorn Writers

Kenneth Rexroth - December 22, 1905
Norman Maclean - December 23, 1902
Donna Tartt - December 23, 1963
Rod Serling - December 25, 1924
Carlos Castaneda - December 25, 1925
Sheila Heti - December 25, 1976
Henry Miller - December 26, 1891
Jean Toomer - December 26, 1894
David Sedaris - December 26, 1956
Manuel Puig - December 28, 1932
Rudyard Kipling - December 30, 1865
Paul Bowles - December 30, 1910
Patti Smith - ​​December 30, 1946
Junot Díaz - December 31, 1968
E.M. Forster - January 1, 1879
J.D. Salinger - January 1, 1919
Isaac Asimov - January 2, 1920
Andre Aciman - January 2, 1951
J.R.R. Tolkien - January 3, 1892
Greta Thunberg - January 3, 2003
Jacob Grimm - January 4, 1785
Umberto Eco - January 5, 1932
Carl Sandburg - January 6, 1878
Kahlil Gibran - January 6, 1883
Alan Watts - January 6, 1915
Zora Neale Hurston - January 7, 1891
Charles Addams - January 7, 1912
Wilkie Collins - January 8, 1824
Stephen Hawking - January 8, 1942
Simone de Beauvoir - January 9, 1908
Jack London - January 12, 1876
Haruki Murakami - January 12, 1949
Walter Mosley - January 12, 1952
John Dos Passos - January 14, 1896
Yukio Mishima - January 14, 1925
Moliere - January 15, 1622
Martin Luther King, Jr. - January 15, 1929
Susan Sontag - January 16, 1933
Anne Bronte - January 17, 1820
Alain Badiou - January 17, 1937
A.A. Milne - January 18, 1882
Edgar Allan Poe - January 19, 1809
Patricia Highsmith - January 19, 1921

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