Sunday, December 05, 2004

In his magical camera tour around the town where he lived, Meatyard conjured ghosts of the past from his flesh-and-blood present. He showed us landscapes, people, run-down buildings, proper suburbs, his family and sometimes himself, shadowed and elusive, in styles ranging from serenely abstract to theatrically Southern Gothic.
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Saturday, December 04, 2004

Rocco DiLeonardi, O.Carm.
Of the St. Elias Community in Joliet
Died shortly before 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 4, 2004
Tuesday, December 7, 2004 4:00-7:00 PM
National Shrine of St. Therese
Darien IL
Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at 7:30 PM
National Shrine of St. Therese
Darien, IL
Mt. Olivet Cemetery
11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 8, 2004
May He Rest in Peace

rocco was a good man... a good friend...
posted at 8:00 PM

The life of the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova (1889-1965) might itself be the subject of a long narrative poem.... marjorie perloff
posted at 2:43 PM

What makes Chekhov so inestimably precious is that he is a writer who lets life have the last word.
posted at 2:40 PM

suzanne's going wild with her camera... lucky us
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Friday, December 03, 2004

amy king is chris murray's tex files poet of the week...
posted at 12:51 PM

Would Jesus Ban This Ad?
posted at 10:34 AM

On cat-pee stains and dry cleaning...
posted at 10:30 AM

It was this thinking that had led the label to turn down Elvis Presley in 1955 and the first American album by the Beatles in 1963.
posted at 10:09 AM

I liked his poems right enough
that I stopped holding my breath
when I wait on him.

posted at 9:53 AM

now they write for forty minutes... an a.p. prompt... this one from a recent exam presents them with a passage from Tom Jones... where squire allworthy finds a baby in his bed... and they are asked to "analyze the techniques that Fielding employs to characterize Mr. Allworthy and Mrs. Deborah Wilkins"... it's a funny passage... makes me want to read that whole big book again...

but here i am... a teacher who's been at it for about 28 years... i'm trying to remember myself in high school long ago... would i ever have imagined myself in the year 2004 doing this... in those years i was (mostly) alternately bored and terrified... long stretches of boredom punctuated by moments of utter terror... not unlike a soldier's experience in war (so i've heard)... didn't spend a lot of time considering my future... but it was a rat gnawing somewhere inside... i must have lived in hope that i would turn into something... as bad as things felt then, i must have believed in the future... books were the best of my present then...
posted at 9:25 AM

Kirkville - Musings, Opinion and Miscellanea by Kirk McElhearn
posted at 9:07 AM

o boy... erin's book steps into the real world...
posted at 8:08 AM


Thursday, December 02, 2004

aberrant maps... imaginary places... for laughs and dreams...
posted at 10:26 PM

Association for the Study of Literature & Environment
posted at 4:04 PM

Great Stories, People, Books & Events in Literary History
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In the absence of God or spirituality, in the absence of a capacity to respond to seasonal patterns and natural rhythms, and in the absence of meaningful social rituals, people are grasping onto whatever they can to help ground them in their communities. If that means spending days at a time in a crowded mall, then that's what we do. That becomes the ritual.
posted at 7:59 AM


Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Shakespeare's Life and Times: Main Menu
posted at 7:46 PM

From this poem, I learned that poetry had more potential for transmitting sense and ineffability than anything else.
posted at 3:38 PM

Edgar Allen Poe: The Complete Works[sic]
posted at 1:24 PM

China's explosive economic growth is outpacing environmental protection efforts, leaving the country awash in "out of control" acid rain, the China Daily said Tuesday.
posted at 12:13 PM


Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Uneventful tale is nonetheless intense -- and elegantly told
posted at 3:48 PM

from the buffalo poetics list:

i think it was
joel oppenheimer
who said
if you are a poet at twenty
it's because you are twenty
if you are a poet at forty
it's because you are a poet.

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The burning of fossil fuels and wood is cutting life expectancy in some parts of Europe by up to two years, despite a significant reduction in other pollutants, the United Nations said Monday.
posted at 8:14 AM


Monday, November 29, 2004

The Overlooked Master - How poetic history conspired against Richard Wilbur. By James Longenbach
posted at 3:39 PM

Merriam-Webster Online: Main Entry: parable
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin parabola, from Greek parabolE comparison, from paraballein to compare,
Definition: a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle

posted at 1:18 PM

Emerson on Wealth...
Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He fails to make his place good in the world, unless he not only pays his debt, but also adds something to the common wealth. Nor can he do justice to his genius, without making some larger demand on the world than a bare subsistence. He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich.
posted at 8:12 AM

Estabrook woods, Concord, Mass.
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