Sunday, November 07, 2004

'She was very important to me, talking about literature with me, reading my poetry and even letting 5-year-old Lucinda chase her peacocks,' he recalled.
posted at 7:57 PM

So demotic is Wright's voice, in fact, that one almost forgets that he is one of our few authentic devotional poets - if an atheist can be one.
posted at 4:00 PM

Just how much did Karl Rove hate not being one of the cool guys in high school in the 60's? Enough to hatch schemes to marshal the forces of darkness to take over the country?
posted at 3:56 PM

a good walk this morning but no coyote... maybe i need to become one myself... full blue light... crispy... geese... gravel crunch... a guy jogging and his kid on a bike... yesterday herman and pedro stripped and waxed our floors... so i fled the fumes to my room... started working on a project for my berry pages... now i've got this small pile of in-class essays to process... some laundry... a cat who will not decide to eat much...
posted at 10:03 AM

Shut-up, boil the herbs and drink the tea! ... sanity
posted at 9:30 AM

 

Saturday, November 06, 2004

i find this in stephen booth's notes on shakespeare sonnet 116...

One means of achieving universality and vividness at once is bombast: high-sounding, energetic nonsense that addresses its topic but does not indicate what is being said about it, and thus rises free of human intellectual limitations like a hot-air balloon. Bombast, however, is rarely satisfying for long or to any listener who pays attention to the signification of the words he hears strung together. Bombast overcomes the difficulties of language by abandoning its purpose; a general, noble, vibrant utterance that conveys no meaning operates like a bureaucracy that functions perfectly so long as it ignores the purpose for which it was established.

and it makes me think of... me... and i'm ok with that
posted at 8:21 PM

Frogs and their relatives are in deep trouble. According to a new study published in the journal Science, one-third of the world's amphibians are declining due to disease, climate change, and habitat loss. Of the 5,743 known species, 1,856 are considered globally threatened in the wild. Up to 168 may be extinct.
posted at 7:42 PM

Securing the Tigris
the boy i love is
chopped brown hair and
petal green eyes over
rosehip cheeks...

- jolie prather
posted at 9:51 AM

Booktrust - information and advice about books
posted at 8:22 AM

 

Friday, November 05, 2004

and still a war...
After a night of air strikes, US forces sealed off the Iraqi rebel stronghold of Falluja today and a US commander said the long-expected offensive on the city would soon be underway.

just like the other war...
This war was said to be "about peace." So have they all been said to be. This was another in our series of wars "to end war." But peace is not the result of war, any more than love is the result of hate or generosity the result of greed. As a war in defense of peace, this one in the Middle East has failed, as all its predecessors have done. Like all its predecessors, it was the result of the failure, on the part of all of its participants, to be peaceable. Wendell Berry "Peaceableness Toward Enemies"
posted at 4:00 PM

on Music and Personality...
My work with music suggests that people's music preferences typically 'clump' into four basic dimensions:
Reflective & Complex, which consists of people who like Classical, Jazz, Blues, and Folk music;
Intense & Rebellious, which consists of people who prefer Rock, Alternative, and Heavy-Metal music;
Upbeat & Conventional, which consists of people who like Pop, Country, Religious, and Soundtrack music; and
Energetic & Rhythmic, which consists of people who prefer Rap, Soul, Funk, and Dance music.


this doesn't seem quite right... to me...
posted at 12:57 PM

a google rant on
The Responsibility of the Poet

Individual Copyrights are the responsibility of the poet...

it is the responsibility of the poet to stand on street corners...

The responsibility of the poet is to take that which is NOT poetic and...

the participation of any poet listed on this site is the responsibility of the poet and...

It is the responsibility of the poet to stand on street corners giving out poems...

a meditation on the responsibility of the poet...

It is the responsibility of the poet to say many times:

So, it is the responsibility of the poet (and reader) to work at diminishing a degree of moral irresponsibility that overshadows the creation and production of...

It is the responsibility of the poet to secure the right to publish previously published poems...

It is the responsibility of the poet, in that case, to explain this to their audience before their presentation...

the responsibility of the poet, who existed as a visionary artistic demigod, was therefore to make life understandable to the common man:

but it does not seem impossible that these defects may be the responsibility of the poet...

It is the responsibility of the poet to return language to a sublime, "magic" state,
where a word resonates with a power that resists any cut-and-dried...

revengence! a meditation on the responsibility of the poet...

He says it's the responsibility of the poet to gently tug the reader or listener along so that they don't give up hope of comprehension and abandon the journey...

Individual Copyrights are the responsibility of the poet.

Especially useful to young poets are the chapters concerning poetry and pleasure, the responsibility of the poet...

I absolutely believe it is the responsibility of the poet to comment on events...

It is the responsibility of the poet not to pay...

what happens when they fail, and the responsibility of the poet, and, we may add...

In a lovely essay on the responsibility of the poet,

by asking just what is the responsibility of the poet to self, to family, to friends, including...

the ideological struggle for power between Church and State; the responsibility of the poet in representing and...

Food and transportation are the responsibility of the poet...

it is the responsibility of the poet to subvert our understanding of language in order to bring about this change...

Verification of Effectiveness of Solutions is out of the scope of the responsibility of the POET...

What is the responsibility of the poet with respect to that truth?

about the responsibility of the poet in society...

and, in addition, trace the influence of Mallarmé and Surrealism on notions of literary commitment and the responsibility of the poet...

It is the responsibility of the poet to listen to gossip and pass it on...

Shelley not only describes the responsibility of the poet but also plays the same role in this poem...

an escape from this world into a mental world of delight and pleasure which is ultimately unsatisfying and an abrogation of the responsibility of the poet...

As always, it is the responsibility of the poet to make sure...

But looking at the word "poet" which from the Greek, poeiein, means "to create, to make" what do you think the responsibility of the poet is to the self and to...

I believe the responsibility of the poet is to write yourself into the poem and
invite others into it

The Responsibility of the Poet

...therefore "it is the responsibility of the poet to be a woman..".

corresponds nicely with what i see as the responsibility of the poet in our...

It was the responsibility of the poet to compose and recite reviews of the kings,
chieftains and other prominent people within their social structure...

It is the responsibility of the poet to stand on street corners giving out poems
and beautifully written leaflets...

"The Responsibility of the Poet in a Nuclear Age"

Can you tell me about that and if there is any relation between that work and the idea that "the responsibility of the poet is to communicate effectively...

And while Stevens stated that the responsibility of the poet is not a "social obligation," he did believe that a poet must portray his or her experience of...

Jorie Graham and the Responsibility of the Poet...

It is the responsibility It is the responsibility of society to let the poet be a poet It is the responsibility of the poet to be a woman It is

the responsibility of the poet, Tate insisted...

on home, love, war, and the responsibility of the poet...

It's the responsibility of the poet to go out, research, and constantly change and add to his ideas," he says...

I believe that it is the responsibility of the poet in the 21st century to have a half-hour set of poetry ready for ANY audience...

Octavio Paz used to say that the responsibility of the poet, of the writer, involves waiting ­ being able to sit opposite silence and...

It is the responsibility of the poet to secure the right to publish previously published poems.

Individual Copyrights are the responsibility of the poet.

He puts it this way. "This posthumous effect of the words that increases to the extreme, the responsibility of the poet."

Thus, it is the responsibility of the poet to make use of this propensity of language to vary, in order to create a poetry that is temporal, of...

The responsibility of the poet. 'I am a poet," says Nazim...

Changing that attitude is both the responsibility of the poet and the audienc.

of the responsibility of the poet to the silences which surround human experience...

It is the responsibility of the Poet Laureate to compose Occasional Poems about important events in a country's history...

It is the responsibility of the poet to say...

posted at 10:26 AM

R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)
posted at 8:13 AM

 

Thursday, November 04, 2004

At every railway crossing in France there is a solid notice, a panel with writing on it which reads: 'Attention! Un train peut en cacher un autre.'
posted at 8:08 PM

dated... but... just found... "Michael Moore, artist and patriot" by John Berger
posted at 8:03 PM

Las Vegas Mercury: Reviews: Chronicles by Bob Dylan
posted at 3:37 PM

traci's Lists of Ten
posted at 12:22 PM

IMDb user comments for Forbidden Planet (1956)
posted at 10:21 AM

The Day the Enlightenment Went Out
posted at 8:30 AM

Psalm 24

Who is fit to hold power
and worthy to act in God's place?

Those with a passion for the truth,
who are horrified by injustice,
who act with mercy to the poor
and take up the cause of the helpless,
who have let go of selfish concerns
and see the whole earth as sacred,
refusing to exploit her creatures
or to foul her waters and lands.

Their strength is in their compassion;
God's light shines through their hearts.
Their children's children will bless them,
and the work of their hands will endure.

(The Psalms, translated by Stephen Mitchell)
(via the waldenlist)
posted at 8:08 AM

 

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

ooo... check out suzanne's trees
posted at 3:53 PM

Texts of Anti-Gay Amendments Appearing on Statewide Ballots: Aug-Nov 2004
posted at 3:21 PM

One-fourth of Ohio voters identified themselves as born-again Christians and they backed Bush by a 3-to-1 margin.
posted at 2:03 PM

Capital Games
The electorate almost engaged in a much-needed political correction. It almost undid the asterisk of 2000. Instead, voters legitimized the fellow who gained the White House against the will of the majority and who then pretended he had a mandate and subsequently pushed tax cuts for the well-to-do and launched a war predicated on untrue assertions. So there will be no good-bye to reckless preemptive war, an economic policy based on tax breaks tilted toward the wealthy, a war on environmental regulations, a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, excessive secrecy in government, unilateral machismo, the neocon theology of hubris and arrogance, a ban on effective stem cell research, no-bid Halliburton contracts, John Ashcroft, Donald Rumsfeld, and much more.

on the whole, this seems a good summary of lefty objections to what has been and what will be for the next four years... this lefty just needs a walk in the woods... some good pomes & pictures... and music... the kind that sets neo-con ears to bleeding... with malice toward none...
posted at 12:21 PM

Long s at Wikipedia
posted at 9:36 AM

The amazing web site of Shakespeare's Sonnets
posted at 9:26 AM

Printer's Devices
posted at 9:12 AM

 

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

For Whom Would Jesus Vote? - Christianity Today Magazine
In a memo to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C. (McCarrick leads a task force on Catholic politicians), Ratzinger said Catholics may vote for a politician who supports abortion rights if (1) abortion is not the reason for their vote, and (2) they have 'proportionate reasons' (in other words, if the candidate's positions on other issues outweigh his or her stand on abortion).
posted at 3:55 PM

Robert Fisk: "Bin Laden's Vote is For George Bush"...
I'm sure he realizes that further threats are more likely to help Bush than Kerry and what Osama Bin Laden wants now, of course, is a president to be elected who will further mire the country into the Middle East swamp, and cause, of course more American casualties, which Bush will surely do. So, I think that this is probably Osama Bin Laden's vote for George W. Bush.
posted at 3:14 PM

An Adult Reads Chris Crutcher
posted at 12:13 PM

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes and Friendship
posted at 12:06 PM

Vote, No Matter What...
Most of all, we're going to vote because this is our country, our election, our national future. It's not possible to make up enough rules or roadblocks to discourage us.
posted at 11:19 AM

so i voted... me and dom... in lieu of walking... and the lake county precinct 173 polling place was packed... right behind us... we used these great paper ballots... fill in the oval... insert ballot into scanner... which felt very... concrete... undeniably a fact... and voted...
posted at 8:06 AM

Online NewsHour Vote 2004
posted at 8:00 AM

 

Monday, November 01, 2004

Speak (2004)... a good book filmed... another one bites the dust.
posted at 7:50 PM

The Beat Page
posted at 4:01 PM


Judicious, contemplative and thorough. In a dangerous world, made vastly more dangerous by politicians who think in violent black and white because simplicity polls better and fits into soundbites, a man like John Kerry may seem out of place. He is, in fact, in exactly the right place at exactly the right time.
(via fait accompli)
posted at 3:30 PM

Glassworks Archive: Christian Aid - 'Puppet'
one of these photos is so haunting i had to make it wallpaper for my school desktop... and there it is... and the kids say... "whoa... that's pretty freaky brother tom..."
posted at 10:19 AM

Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to
count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his
ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I
say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a
thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your
accounts on your thumb-nail. In the midst of this chopping sea of
civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and
thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if
he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at
all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who
succeeds. Simplify, simplify.

posted at 8:28 AM

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