Sunday, April 18, 2004
no lions or tigers... but at least one
in Lake County
are long, slender, felines with smallish heads and long tails.
They are light, tawny brown and can weigh up to 160 pounds. Cougars
were once common in Illinois, experts say, but there are none
left in the wild.
Saturday, April 17, 2004
might have something to do with al green...
"i can't stop"...
might have something
to do with ali farka toure... "niafunke"
have something to do with five piles of paper...
be the coffee... or the clear blue... morning
might have something to do with calvino's strange
might be dylan's rolling thunder...
or an old cat...
but i'm feeling pretty good
today... hope you are... too...
Friday, April 16, 2004
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of
the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
'Maybe I oughta get stuck into
from Arthur MillerDeath of a Salesman
first published by Viking Penguin,
Thursday, April 15, 2004
is National Poetry Month
i gotten into the habit of sending
poems to everyone in the building every school morning throughout
the month... this has me thinking about the two kinds of poem...
1) the kind you'd send to a vast, diverse (though not faceless)
group... 2) the kind you would not...
the kind you would should be easy to read, short,
with some kind of emotional punch or insight...
the kind you would not should be... mostly... the
kind of poem i like to read and sometimes write...
and so... i am divided
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
a very cool calvino site: Italo
Calvino: Outside the town of Malbork
and based on hints in the "central city"
i wondered if the chiastic structure might have something to do
with earth air fire and water... but nothing comes of it in an
world lit begins a reading of Invisible
Cities by Italo
with some close attention to the Table of Contents...
we note the patterns... the rolling categories... the mirroring...
5 dominates because it has a perfect center at 3... is this a
chiastic structure? the inversion of sections 1 and 9 suggests
that possibility... will the substance lend credence to any of
this? time will tell...
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
senior kid here in yearbook just said
"there's only twenty-three days left of school" and
i said "no, it's a lie"... but now i've just counted
and the kid is right... the kids are always right in these matters...
DabralTempered in the
sociopolital turmoil of late 1960's and early 1970's, Mangalesh
represents a sensibility that links him to the classicism of the
older Indian literatures as well as the left radical modernism.
Although he has always been highly regarded as a poet by the literary
establishment but he has the instincts that have told him to keep
his distance from it.
thanks to nick
for noticing... his leader...
impractical instructions from
our attention reduced to
his poetry... conditional
his nerve... exceptional subversions
his room... uncertain sanitation of
his wardrobe... suspicious origins of
past... our puzzling adherence to
lost in the clouds over
of surprised by that one myself... it's fun when they just bushwhack
Monday, April 12, 2004
just back from a long exhausting a pretty
fine day... capped by a visit to Splendors of China's Forbidden City: The Glorious
Reign of Emperor Qianlong
... story and pictures of the easter
weekend mom's birthday cat adventure museum trip coming... soon
enough... right now i need to think about five classes for tomorrow
(but boyo is that cat happy to be home)HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!!!
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