quick, quote them someone whose name they recognize: um, let me think, okay: "if you're gonna buy a pair of pants..."
or better yet: "but how can you really care if anybody gets it, or gets what it means, or if it improves them. improves them for what? for death?"
consider yourselfs (sic) UNimproved. love, olena

Originally Published: September 29th, 2008

A first-generation Ukrainian American, Olena Kalytiak Davis grew up in Detroit and was educated at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan Law School, and Vermont College. Davis’s poetry collections include And Her Soul Out of Nothing (1997), selected by Rita Dove for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, and shattered...

  1. September 29, 2008
     Javier Huerta

    Carl Carlson: “Let’s make litter out of these literati!”
    Lenny Leonard: “That’s too clever, you’re one of them!”

  2. September 30, 2008

    You want them to be tight enough.
    I was surprised to see the kids in New York take the "doubly gratified" part as their emblem. For me it was "Mineola Prep" (400x4 Penn Relays).

  3. September 30, 2008
     Barbara Jane

    I might be the only one who doesn't *get* Olena Davis's posts, but Javier! That's a Simpsons reference, isn't it? It's Lenny and Carl!

  4. September 30, 2008
  5. October 1, 2008
     Vowel Movers

    i don't "get" pants without back pockets. like freckles without a smile--WHAT'S THE POINT?!
    so let's be unanimous in saying "pants without back pockets prepare no one for death!"
    ilu, OKD! but you are in desperate need of somewhere to store things like poems, spare dollars, phone numbers or found ephemera--do you carry a large purse instead?

  6. October 3, 2008

    Dear Olena,
    You are an “f”ing lawyer!
    Levis are a pair of pants
    Levitate is something you might want to do post mortem.
    Leviticus is a book Yelena, my Jewish friend from Ukraine might appreciate.
    The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury is a recent book I’ve read and recommend.
    I’ve never read the Great Gatsby, but it’s longtime on the “to do” list.
    My favorite author is Henry Miller.
    My second favorite author is Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
    When Hopkins in the “Wreck of the Deutschland” had the nun say, “Christ, come quickly,” I believe he meant it as a sexual reference.
    I write about what’s in front of my nose. Unfortunately it’s been anti organized crime lately. Also there is some sexuality involved.
    I’m a Xavier Arts & Science Economics grad who took some time off from trying to solve the Financial Crisis to hear you perform greatly your poetry this night. I hope all this helps you write more when you’re ready.
    My blog is sevnetus.
    I have no credit card, so it’s not American Express.
    Your friend,