Sunday, July 10, 2005

Notable writers will appear in Butler series

posted at 10:34 PM

Within the theory of evolution, you should be able to believe whatever you want about why its mechanisms work, as long as you accept that they do.

posted at 11:34 AM

jordan's Growing Nation is up to four centos now ... feels like he's finding the poem inside the lines

posted at 10:57 AM

Category:The Yorck Project - Wikimedia Commons

posted at 10:37 AM

Get Rid of the Problem - Not the Cat - Excessive Crying ... i guess that's what it is ... if it sounds like crying, it is crying

posted at 10:21 AM

David Baker: Excerpt from "Introduction" to Heresy and the Ideal

posted at 9:52 AM


Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Leave the poem its darkness... celan via nomadics

posted at 11:49 PM

quite some time ago i sent jordan stempleman a copy of the fyp first line index 03 ... and he mentioned he might use it to compose a cento ... so today when i looked into his Growing Nation i wasn't completely astonished but was still very happy to find not one but two of these creatures staring back at me ...

cento: "poetry made up of lines borrowed from established authors"

not quite sure what to make of that "established" business... but i'm more than pleased to be a part of this game. mom is very direct in telling me that she doesn't read what i do at fyp ... and when i read one of jordan's poems to my sister she was ... very polite. these people i love don't quite get this poetry thing ... and i respect that ... i don't completely get it myself, but it's something i enjoy doing ... and yet ...

i'm happy that something i did helped jordan to do the thing he did. in a mild effort to explain something to my sister, i googled a phrase that jordan used ... "inessential harrumph" ... and found only two hits ... on my poem and on the phrase used in the index ... suggesting that i'm the only guy who ever used that expression on the whole great big language-intensive internet ... "not even shakespeare" i said ... "not even shakespeare has used that phrase" ... not that i'm asserting any qualitative equivalence between what i do and... you know... Himself... "but i've been touched by language over & over again all my life ... & isn't it just a tiny bit cool that now i'm able to touch it back" ... and in a little while there will be more than two google hits for the "inessential harrumph" ... and that's a beautiful thing ... don't you think?

posted at 11:36 PM


posted at 10:23 AM

i'll be on the road soon. down to petersburg with jay. we'll visit with mom and meg. we'll visit the wonderful old musty prairie archives and the brand spanking new lincoln museum. maybe we'll see a movie. maybe we'll just sit and stare out at the lake. make rude comment on the ducks. pester the dog.

posted at 10:05 AM

so in photoshop elements i make little changes. i suppose you could say i'm looking for the garden inside my garden. most of the little changes lately have been in the tweaking of color saturation values. i like the effect. it reminds me of certain elegant book covers of the past decade or so.

posted at 9:50 AM

Online Etymology Dictionary ... thanks to suzanne!

posted at 9:42 AM


Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Senses of Cinema

posted at 8:02 PM

For Cocteau, the poet was a messenger, separated from common humanity by the gift of being able to cross into other worlds and bring back news of what he found there. Following on from the loss of Radiguet, death and rebirth became Cocteau's key metaphors for the journey between worlds that the poet undertakes.

posted at 8:00 PM


Monday, July 04, 2005

steve earle at the old town school ... via crooked timber

posted at 9:40 PM

The Founding Sachems - New York Times (reg)
The Iroquois confederation was governed by a constitution, the Great Law of Peace, which established the league's Great Council: 50 male royaneh (religious-political leaders), each representing one of the female-led clans of the alliance's nations. What was striking to the contemporary eye was that the 117 codicils of the Great Law were concerned as much with constraining the Great Council as with granting it authority.

posted at 3:54 PM

i remember writing out this passage on a sheet of brown wrapping paper in very big letters ... back in my twenties ... taping it to the wall ... and thinking how this would be enough to live ... not at all at odds with the christianity i was trying to profess ... and still now it's very attractive ... isn't it ... and that's no doubt what walt had in mind ... at any rate it's mostly what i wanted to believe about life back when i was in the thick of it... read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life...

All beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain. If the greatnesses are in conjunction in a man or woman it is enough . . . . the fact will prevail through the universe . . . . but the gaggery and gilt of a million years will not prevail. Who troubles himself about his ornaments or fluency is lost. This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

posted at 3:17 PM


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