Sunday, June 18, 2006

a constant 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 ...

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Bleeding the hills dry | Writers tour Appalachia's mountaintop removal sites

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

read some cool bird poems & wish ron padgett a happy birthday ...

You can't expect
the milk to be delivered
to your house
by a bluebird
from the picture book
you looked at
at the age of four ...

along with kenneth koch, mr. padgett has made poetry possible (as in alive) in school again

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Friday, June 16, 2006

say bob 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 ...

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The Drunken Boat Spring/Summer 2006 ... the modern poetry of china

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happy 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.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

bigger of the little from the main page ...

as which when pieces stay pieces and never congeal ...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

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mostly 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

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

many thanks to chris murray for 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 ...

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sorry to hear of the death yesterday of Gyorgy Ligeti ...

and of the death of wanda ... of Wanda & Sis ...

Wanda Smith

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

Presbyterian 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.

Wanda 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.

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Monday, June 12, 2006

alors! Madam Tim is blogging Haiti over at Rocks Out of Water ...

When 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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