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or, as Eddie said last night to a general audience of interested persons, in order to be obscure someone else has to actually know you’re obscure April 16, 2010: It’s uselessly unhip to penetrate a machine gun and asset a relationship with modern consciousness, which is a perfectly devoured bug off the hind leg of some preserved thing. I have buried deep within my bypass a silent love for the arch of your fierce wistful squeak. I would like to spend time in a failed state with your bending frame. I [...] by

Tings April 13, 2010: Emerson apparently wrote to a student or former student of his and instructed him not to get overly involved with his reading so as to be able to move with enough rapidity through any number of other reading possibilities, to go into books looking for the material needed, get it and get out, often enough, so as to keep moving. Given Emerson's [...] by

April 11, 2010: Allison Cobb has written a terrific book on, through, and with the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. The book, Green-Wood, an instantly compelling and fluid read I’m finding thus far, made of prose and poetry driven by a thoroughly researched and idiosyncratic historical sensibility in combination with six years’ worth of daily walks through [...] by

Further notes from irrelevance April 7, 2010: The above title is the above title because I’ve already written a fifty but soon to be forty-seven or so page poem called “Notes from Irrelevance”,  and, yes, you might and should feel horrified already unless you know that I know what I’m doing, though that may be of no help. I hope to not know what I’m doing when I write, though not [...] by

Just folded, like a handkerchief or a hinge. April 5, 2010: These prefab greens are part of a sale system of red dots reserved for those whose demise was thought predetermined by the timing of their abuses. You are asleep under a stitched face sold for warmth between scales of extremes in snowfall, memorial readings of butterfly attacks on Seventh Ave., and the exile’s couplets refusing dream's capacity [...] by

Hand of the grain the sand smote January 14, 2010: The constellations are rising in perfect order: Taurus, Leo, Gemini. Without her audience the actor does not really exist, and for her audience her transient art takes shape each time the auditorium is hushed and darkened. Go back to the beginning. The end. And Sir Thomas Browne, who was the son of a silk merchant and may well have had an eye for [...] by

Two more (cups of coffee then I’ll go) January 11, 2010: Why do so many readers at poetry readings announce having two poems left to read? When I signed my contract to become a poet there was no clause as to this matter, and I have in fact made a point of simulating repulsion in mind whenever I hear the words “two more” uttered from stage or podium or wobbly body. Is it an ineffable urge to put the [...] by

Trigger Cuts January 5, 2010: The on-going review-interviews taking place over at Lemon Hound have my attention at the moment (I’m one of the interviewees, an admission that I suppose qualifies as full disclosure here if you believe such a thing exists in the demi-world of warm soft fact), and I’m particularly interested in the question of what one might be looking for in [...] by

Starting in on Marina’s question December 31, 2009: I just heard someone say about another someone that “she likes to date guys who wear ironic hats.” I prefer unplanned irony, personally speaking, which is another way of saying I don’t pay any attention to the matter unless someone like Rudy Giuliani has the accidental nerve to publicly state “If I can make it, it’s not art.” Back [...] by

With regards to the Crackademy December 26, 2009: The top ten illnesses in our household in 2009 have been: roto virus, lyme disease, sinus infection, common cold, pink eye, swine flu, pink eye redux, occasional faint echoes of a twenty-year old spontaneous pneumothorax, oink flu (the fleeting sound version), and scary but supposedly innocuous test results (not an illness, but recepient of an [...] by