Sad; Sweet; Whitman

The saddest thing happened to me today. God dammit, Merrill. I bought Merrill Gilfillan’s Magpie Rising: Sketches from the Great Plains online (shame, shame me; for the used purchase part) and incoming from the South Dakota State Library (shame, shame…

Halloween Flu

So it’s Halloween and UMass Amherst campus has swine flu big time. My students have it, my friends have it; I subbed for a friend who is laid up with her son and the fevers and the rest; the full…

Live Notes on Long Poems

I can picture the five or so people I’d like to sit around a small table at a town’s salty bar and read Andrew Zawacki’s 30-page Georgia with, from Petals of Zero Petals of One. Bring the soft-voiced loud-breather. The…

Homage to Explanatory Notes

Tonight, I’d like to enjoy Jack Spicer’s explanatory note to the dedication page of Homage to Creeley. The dedication simply says: For Cegeste. Cegeste from Cocteau’s Orphee, the friend killed in a traffic accident, revived. A tale of sorts, taking…

Clouds–Aside

Disclaimer: every now and then you have to try out what you teach to see how full of shit you are. So, last Saturday I read up on clouds for 4 hours, wrote about clouds, went cloud-viewing, then edited my…

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