what the brother said...
Sunday, December 07, 2003
DICTIONARY of GESTURES, SIGNS & BODY LANGUAGE CUESUsage. The Adam's-apple-jump is an unconscious
sign of emotional anxiety, embarrassment, or stress. At a business
meeting, e.g., a listener's Adam's apple may inadvertently jump
should he or she dislike or strongly disagree with a speaker's
suggestion, perspective, or point of view.
U.S. politics. The Adam's apple gained it's
15 minutes of fame when former Vice President James Danforth Quayle's
thyroid cartilage "jumped" in the 1988 vice-presidential
debates, as he listened to his opponent, Lloyd Bentsen's pointed
claim: "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy!"
quiet for a minute or a few hours with
blogger down... but here we are
Saturday, December 06, 2003
i mean i'm privileging me... i'm all
over the place saying and saying... with my face made out of words
the notion that there's any voice...
at all... suspect in some quarters no doubt... elastic brains...
don't need roots... any old place is never any old where...
what i write
there is a voice nobody ever hears... not even me... until i write
it... some part going on inside... remember when that kid said
he feels most like himself when he's alone in his room... that's
a part of this... ghost signals... far radio... no other way to
get it... for what it's worth
is thinking about walter benjamin: VII. Never stop writing because you have run
out of ideas.
said mr. b.
i thought i was the only person to have this thought... though
i haven't lived up to it... it's an encouraging notion for writers...
not sure what it may do for readers...
Friday, December 05, 2003
for "difficult poetry"
poetry is to suggest that it is written to illustrate academic
difficult poetry is beside the point
difficult poetry is one thing one can puzzle
through some very fine high literary poets and feel enlightened
in the end
difficult poetry is a skill that you
may already possess to some extent
poetry is the most democratic
is not soft supported by zukofsky's precise
poetry is not going to reach a large audience
poetry is produced in
who study difficult poems often trace the modem prevalence of
this problem to the early years of the last century, when a great
deal of social dislocation precipitated the outbreak of 1912,
one of the best-known epidemics of difficult poetry.
this bernstein... he's a funny guy...
detection: Stopping spam with poetry
o this is good... but "poetry makes nothing
happen"... I suppose... that's the point (via Boynton
o rain... no snow... no walk... just
hanging out... with a cat... reading before shaving... a few theoretical
objects... some writing about writing... filling my head with
phrases... great lines to write... forgotten now...
so here's school... i got some etta james christmas
tunes... 12 songs of christmas is a great great christmas album...
in truth... she sings them as if they were real songs... not just
are bringing me their poetry papers now... today there's a field
trip... my reflection in the large tv monitor shows a flabby faced
grump with a shiny gray bald head... slightly furrowed brow...
but when i say something like "have a great day" to
these kids, i'm not that guy... i'm nice... i'm friendly... i
mean it... how did the face get so far from the voice...
Thursday, December 04, 2003
a tough day for the poem presentations...
was it just my own antsy hope that each would be a perfect thought?
if one doesn't work... the next
one might... and the failure will drift off soon... enough...
into better papers... i hope...
some mornings you step... in... it...
(reminder) a funny concatenation...
the comment to the dentist... the compliment... the shoe...
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
cltv sports broadcasts again from carmel...
here... tonight... to close the high scholl football season...
a big noise from the gym... which i don't begrudge anyone... big
accomplishment deserves a big noise... i can hear the cars leaving
now... big noise down mckinley ave...
why can't i have any of that pizza?
reading a poem is a profoundly complex activity...
teeth should be brushed before
a visit to the dentist...
must be... a great poetry mangle... er... mangler...
sore foot... o... sore back...
americans can't say "beauteous" without
sounding like nyc cabdrivers circa 1962...
some mornings are so dark you can't see the crap
to avoid it...
no... i really
don't want to be your secret santa...
let's get this carmel christmas family shopping off
most people are
pretty nice... most people are pretty screwed up...
Tuesday, December 02, 2003
this is a geometry classroom... room
800... a world away from my own solid 305... these students have
twenty problems to work... i have just one...
back in 305 we're receiving poetry presentations
today... the first round... last period were pretty good... but
too much was crammed too quickly into ten minutes... some read
to us...instead of speaking... some sped through the reading of
the poem... slow down kids... we've got to process this stuff...
or is it just my old brain... needs this...
was hoping to be sub-free today... but
that ain't gonna happen... alas... i need some open time to count
message board posts... sigh...
what cold morning?
Monday, December 01, 2003
WikipediaWikipedia is a multilingual
project to create a complete and accurate free content encyclopedia.
We started in January 2001 and are currently working on 177602
articles in the English version.
an intrguing concept and process... i wonder how it works in actuality...
and it looks like someone needs to compose an entry for Wendell
Berry... i wonder who could do that...
of India - WikipediaPop
The biggest form of Indian pop
music is filmi, or music originated in films. Other forms of pop
musicians include Alisha Chinai and rock bands like Bally Sagoo.
The capital of filmi is Mumbai (Bombay), which is
a cinematic capital referred to as Bollywood. Popular composers
include Ilayaraja, Rajesh Roshan, A.R. Rahman and Raamlaxman.
The films tend be idealized visions of Indian life, and the music
is similarly jolly and romantic. Many of the stars play similar,
stereotyped roles in multiple films and lip-synch to the singing
of vocal stars like Lata Mangeshkar and S.P. Balasurahmaniam.
Filmi's Golden Age occurred in the 1950s to the mid-1960s.
Cinema began taking shape in India
in the late 19th century, and silent films soon became very popular.
In 1931, Ardeshir M. Irani's Alam Ara was adapted from a piece
of Parsi theater and launched Indian talkies. The music became
extremely popular, and was soon heavily advertised. One reason
for the push was that India's linguistic diversity meant dialogue
would be incomprehensible for a large portion of the audience,
no matter what language it was made in. Music provided a neutral
A form of filmi based
on ghazal (see below) is called filmi-ghazal and was introduced
by Talat Mahmood; it was eventually modernized into ghazal-song.
seek... and ye shall find...
listening to ali akbar khan - traditional
music of india... atmospherics for midnight's children...
but... i wonder... what was pop music in bombay back in the fifties...
monday has an assembly in it... for the
division 6A state champion football team... which just happens
to be ours...
monday also has
a class or two... repeated through the day... today we consider
faulkner's as i lay dying in light of his nobel acceptance
speech... "the human heart in conflict with itself"...
and all that
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