Sunday, October 24, 2004

To understand what strange game is playing out here, you must go back to the equally close 2000 election.
posted at 10:12 AM

Village of Mundelein has posted this warning:

Please be aware that the Mundelein Police Department is currently investigating two incidents concerning area pets being attacked by coyotes.  We are working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Lake County Health Department to address this issue.  
We ask that all residents practice the following safety precautions:

* Do not leave children or pets outside unattended especially during hours of darkness.
* Do not leave pet food outside.  This invites wildlife into your yard which may attract animals and/or coyotes.
* Keep your garbage in a storage facility or in a tightly sealed container.  Clean garbage cans regularly to reduce residual odors by using hot water and chlorine bleach.
* Eliminate the availability of birdseed.  Coyotes are attracted to the concentration of birds and rodents that come to feeders. 
* If you see a coyote, make loud noises, waive your arms, but do NOT approach them.

For additional information on coyotes and other nuisance wildlife, please go to and select "Services/ Wildlife Animal Control."
Please call the Mundelein Police Department at 847-968-4600 with any questions or concerns.

i like this funny one: "If you see a coyote, make loud noises, waive your arms, but do NOT approach them." yes... we try to make a lot of noise... but instead of waiving my arms, this morning i carried them... a broomstick... almost clobbered dom with it... but no wild beasties were seen...

posted at 9:43 AM


Saturday, October 23, 2004

k. silem mohammed on committing language poetry...
{lime tree}: A Language Poetry Dossier...
Q. Do you feel that Language poetry can be stopped? Why or Why not?

A. Not as long as there are dissatisfied people in the world. This does not mean that States should not strive to stop Language-centered actions.

posted at 9:55 PM

Nothing's complete without interruption.
posted at 3:35 PM

Anthony Hecht, a Formalist Poet, Dies at 81
posted at 10:18 AM

a closer encounter with our coyote friends this morning... yes that's plural... about seven o'clock, overcast but in good light, dom and i turn from the bike path down onto the trail... and there... a national geographic moment... maybe thirty feet away... two handsome coyotes... giving us the eye... breakfast? nah... we glance back from time to time... just to be sure...

and this morning's trib carries this article (free registration may be required): Coyote attacks prompt warning
posted at 9:51 AM


Friday, October 22, 2004

the vernacular body: Are you a laupe? ... sorry i missed the back-and-forth on this over the summer... just stumbled onto it via a link from the (just-discovered) middlewesterner via a link from suzanne... (makes me miss tonio... who's vaporized again)
posted at 9:53 PM

This is a good life, but it is not the only life I can see. I imagine other real lives - as does anyone who reads novels, anyone who reads. (thanks for the link, suzanne)
posted at 8:02 PM

just found a note from the webhost announcing that the server will be down from about 11 p.m. my time to about 6 a.m. ... the class discussion boards will still be accessible if one has them bookmarked... but the blogs will disappear for awhile...
posted at 7:29 PM

oo... oo... check out Giornale Nuovo: The Discovery of America... on saul steinberg... who has ripped my ticket... blacked my boot... launched my carousel...
posted at 4:05 PM

The Far Side
posted at 12:51 PM


Thursday, October 21, 2004

Zoilus: Carl Wilson on Music looks like the kinda blog i'd care to read now and then... lots of dylantalk roundabouts chronicles v.1
posted at 8:08 PM

Grist Magazine latches onto Berry's essay "Compromise, Hell!" from Orion Magazine...
posted at 7:54 PM

had a good power moment over at the w-berry discussion group... some slimeball with a real nasty-sounding email address... clearly a porn site... was asking to join the group... i got to exercise the DENY function for the first time... and then i felt... clean all over... and useful... we've had five new legit members in the past week... 5 to 1... not bad... up to 145 altogether
posted at 7:46 PM

Chicago Map Collection
posted at 3:16 PM

7 Deadly Sins, 7 Heavenly Virtues
posted at 2:20 PM

U.S. Newswire : Releases : "WWF Report Warns of Looming 'Budget Deficit' with Nature"...
While this year's 'ecological footprint' of 5.4 acres represents a global average, the report also documents how consumption rates vary region by region and country by country. Americans, for instance, have an ecological footprint of 23.5 because it takes that many acres of land and sea space to produce what the average American consumes in natural resources every year. The average African, by contrast, consumes less than 2.5 acres of resources per year.
posted at 1:18 PM


Wednesday, October 20, 2004

from The California Aggie...
We rarely notice the seasons for the epics they are, just as we rarely sit up and watch the plant and animal dramas playing out all around us. But the ecological context of our lives makes us who we are, no less than our family histories or the people we elect to office. When we ignore that context, I think our lives are sadder and make less sense.
posted at 7:19 PM

in conference with one student who was having trouble understanding the various rhythms of a prose passage... i asked "what music do you listen to?"... answer: none... the kid claims to have no music... i say "yikes, you better get some... how else could you understand what goes on in poetry and high-end prose... get some music quick, kid" ... and then i quoted nietzsche: "without music, life would be a mistake"... only i got the quote wrong... which is not unusual of me... and said "pointless" instead of "mistake"... which... o... never mind...
posted at 3:28 PM


Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Full Text of Lun Yun - English ...confucius says...
posted at 12:23 PM


Monday, October 18, 2004

posted at 10:24 PM

an interesting piece... given carmel's recent new push to recycle paper... Earthtalk: What Are Some Ways to Save Paper at the Office? ... first paper pickup was just this morning.
posted at 9:41 PM

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 10/18/2004 | Teen arrested for writing poetry with 'dark overtones'
Humboldt school officials discovered the poetry on a school computer Thursday evening, and Principal John Bianchi reported it to police. Police made the decision to arrest the boy soon after.

In a letter sent home to parents Friday, Bianchi wrote, 'While no threats were made against individuals or groups of people, the poetry and stories contained language that is vulgar, profane and violent.'

posted at 7:28 PM

So, how did Dylan produce such a mind-bogglingly good book?
posted at 7:17 PM

dom and i met a coyote this morning on the trail... it was down by the wetlands as you walk up from butterfield road... the creature might have had to stay on the path because it's swampy on either side... so we talked real loud and clapped out hands... because we didn't actually need a close encounter with a big wild thing in the dark monday morning... but it was still kinda cool...
posted at 3:44 PM

if you give them enough practice with it, they'll learn how to do it... this is usually true... but sometimes it is not... because the wholeness of doing in reality is never matched by the by-definition partialness of practice... the dissected frog is dead....
posted at 3:39 PM


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