Sunday, June 18, 2006
drizzle today ... a good one for reading ... and some parts of
the garden are starting to look a bit respectable ... here around
the statue the gangly tall spiderwort is doing very well & the
lavender's holding its own down below with a tiny bit of expansion
from last year ... the shasta daisy to the statue's left is booming
along ... and the grass back there is doing something but is acting
kind of wimpy ... elsewhere, little dollops of nasturtium leaves
are popping up ... should have some show in a few weeks ... if
i can keep the squirrels off ... wish i could train them to eat
the mint ...
Saturday, June 17, 2006
cool bird poems & wish ron padgett a happy birthday ...You
the milk to be delivered
by a bluebird
the picture book
you looked at
the age of four ...
with kenneth koch, mr. padgett has made poetry possible (as in
alive) in school again
Friday, June 16, 2006
dylan's new one is due late august ... cool ... i'd link to the
info but all the sites are impossibly slow loading for me on this
*&^!@!# dial-up ...
bloomsday to us all ...What
in water did Bloom, waterlover, drawer of water, watercarrier
returning to the range, admire?
Its universality: its democratic equality and constancy
to its nature in seeking its own level: its vastness in the ocean
of Mercator's projection: its umplumbed profundity in the Sundam
trench of the Pacific exceeding 8,000 fathoms: the restlessness
of its waves and surface particles visiting in turn all points
of its seaboard: the independence of its units: the variability
of states of sea: its hydrostatic quiescence in calm: its hydrokinetic
turgidity in neap and spring tides: its subsidence after devastation:
its sterility in the circumpolar icecaps, arctic and antarctic:
its climatic and commercial significance: its preponderance of
3 to 1 over the dry land of the globe: its indisputable hegemony
extending in square leagues over all the region below the subequatorial
tropic of Capricorn: the multisecular stability of its primeval
basin: its luteofulvous bed: Its capacity to dissolve and hold
in solution all soluble substances including billions of tons
of the most precious metals: its slow erosions of peninsulas and
downwardtending promontories: its alluvial deposits: its weight
and volume and density: its imperturbability in lagoons and highland
tarns: its gradation of colours in the torrid and temperate and
frigid zones: its vehicular ramifications in continental lakecontained
streams and confluent oceanflowing rivers with their tributaries
and transoceanic currents: gulfstream, north and south equatorial
courses: its violence in seaquakes, waterspouts, artesian wells,
eruptions, torrents, eddies, freshets, spates, groundswells, watersheds,
waterpartings, geysers, cataracts, whirlpools, maelstroms, inundations,
deluges, cloudbursts: its vast circumterrestrial ahorizontal curve:
its secrecy in springs, and latent humidity, revealed by rhabdomantic
or hygrometric instruments and exemplified by the hole in the
wall at Ashtown gate, saturation of air, distillation of dew:
the simplicity of its composition, two constituent parts of hydrogen
with one constituent part of oxygen: its healing virtues: its
buoyancy in the waters of the Dead Sea: its persevering penetrativeness
in runnels, gullies, inadequate dams, leaks on shipboard: its
properties for cleansing, quenching thirst and fire, nourishing
vegetation: its infallibility as paradigm and paragon: its metamorphoses
as vapour, mist, cloud, rain, sleet, snow, hail: its strength
in rigid hydrants: its variety of forms in loughs and bays and
gulfs and bights and guts and lagoons and atolls and archipelagos
and sounds and fjords and minches and tidal estuaries and arms
of sea: its solidity in glaciers, icebergs, icefloes: its docility
in working hydraulic millwheels, turbines, dynamos, electric power
stations, bleachworks, tanneries, scutchmills: its utility in
canals, rivers, if navigable, floating and graving docks: its
potentiality derivable from harnessed tides or watercourses falling
from level to level: its submarine fauna and flora (anacoustic,
photophobe) numerically, if not literally, the inhabitants of
the globe: its ubiquity as constituting 90% of the human body:
the noxiousness of its effluvia in lacustrine marshes, pestilential
fens, faded flowerwater, stagnant pools in the waning moon.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
of the little from the main page ...
as which when pieces stay pieces
and never congeal ...
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
a reading day ... august wilson's Fences ... randall kennedy's
book on the n-word ... a little bit of a start on wb's The Memory
of Old Jack ... some listening: really liking the anjani/lcohen
Blue Alert ... some watching: sally potter's Yes washed down with
john sayles' Silver City ... and then the day was done
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
to chris murray
the friendly words and the pome-posting ... i was just wondering
the other day about the awkwardness of my archiving process ...
since i do it by hand every week ... but i discovered that each
individual poem does still have its permanent blogger link ...
just that it's buried in the code ...
to hear of the death yesterday of Gyorgy
and of the death
of wanda ... of Wanda & Sis ...Wanda
Age 76 years,
passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2006. She was born in Maquon,
Illinois to Earl and Nellie (Welch) Smith on December 22, 1929.
Wanda graduated from Western Illinois State Teachers College in
Macomb. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. Wanda
taught at Morris High School and then joined World Book and Child
Craft and worked as a manager for many years.
In 1970, she and Sis Schmidt opened their Something
Different Gift Shop on Jefferson Street, a popular shopping experience
for many who enjoyed the unusual gifts and ambiance of the shop.
Wanda was a happy person who made friends easily.
She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church until it
closed. She then joined the First
Church of Joliet. She was a member of the Joliet Dulcimer Society,
the Will County Wood Chiselers and the Joliet Historical Society.
Wanda loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, canoeing, photography,
metal detecting and traveling. She made many trips to Europe,
Russia, Australia, New Zealand and Alaska. Upon retiring, she
loved RV-ing for the past 15 years.
is survived by her friend and business partner, Sis Schmidt, and
all the Schmidt family who consider her their aunt. Also numerous
cousins survive. Wanda requested Cremation.
A celebration of her life will be held at the First
Presbyterian Church of Joliet (Western and Raynor Avenues) Thursday,
June 15, 2006 with visitation from 10 AM until the Memorial Services
at 11 AM with Rev. Dr. Craig Herr officiating.
2320 Black Rd.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Madam Tim is blogging Haiti over at Rocks
Out of Water
Haitians wash they soap up the clothes and get them spotless by
what they call froting, rubbing parts of the clothes together
in a quick back and forth motion that makes this sound. I can't
explain the noise, but know from my soundless attempts that I
have yet to master it.
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