Friday, August 12, 2022

The / cleaner twist / on hard seltzer

Park assist technologies cannot help
us blackmail our clients. But then

none of us knew we’d have babies 
when we bought our tickets! I’m now

in my fourth year as a bhikkhu. Am sure
going to miss those Pastry Shop sessions. 

Thursday, August 11, 2022

recently at Series Magritte

The State of Grace
What people see is the title, not the subject. & the subject contradicts the title. “I was inspired,” said Magritte. “The subject to be painted: a bicycle on a cigar.” Or to put it even more bluntly, a bicycle riding roughshod over another object — no state of grace in that. Ex- cept . . .The objects float, & perhaps a belief hovers that the laws of gravity are defied when things are in a state of grace. Which brings in Simone Weill, who wrote: “All the natural movements of the soul are controlled by laws analogous to those of physical gravity. Grace is the only exception.” ‘Analogous to’ is the escape clause that allows St. Thomas Aquinas to come on board & point out that grace builds upon, not contradicts, nature. Then, once all parties are on stage, lined up like ten pins in a state of grace, Magritte reappears, wearing his bowl- er hat, & with a solid verbal cast, scatters the skittles with his addendum: “A bike sometimes runs over a cigar down in the street.” No gravity, no grace inherent.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

wednesday newstrip


Sorry, that James Webb Space Telescope 'image' is just a close-up of a slice of chorizo · Elongated Muskrat accuses Twitter of deliberately miscounting spam users in countersuit · Israeli strikes on Gaza kill 8, including senior militant, plus another 16 in subsequent fighting · Russia calls for 'restraint' as fighting between Armenia & Azerbaijan breaks out again · Chinese & Taiwanese warships shadow each other as war games due to wind down · Monkeypox declared a public health emergency · Kim Kardashian & Pete Davidson ‘split’ after nine months together · Meta starts testing its latest AI chatbot, BlenderBot 3.

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Covering energy with invisibility

She was quite certain 
that, by experimenting 

with these two trends, 
this feature, this mech-

anism, would be open 
to the lay person; even 

if some parts might be 
too imperial, too smart.

Monday, August 08, 2022

100 Titles From Tom Beckett: #20

The Nine Stages of the Decomposition of a Corpse

3.  ketzuzusō (exudation of blood) 

Without treatment, the body swells with gas, the skin discolors, pores begin to leak rotting flesh, & that then followed by blood. Elsewhere there are weeping birds. In sympathy? Or something else? The catacombs are no place for writing poetry. Get out into the sun, sit on a stone bench, or find a swing to exercise on. Delibe- rate movement is much better than the accidental discovery of the self in passage to the afterlife, hung from a tree, or lying swollen & gaseous on the grass. Memory’s composition will likely be decomposition.

Sunday, August 07, 2022

snap bracelet

There are lifeguards on hand. 
The perceived fatigue & skin
cream teams face new hurdles.

Not all such things are made by
human hands, even when using
a combination of techniques. Then

a sudden explosion of audio/video 
broadcast components folding out-
wards, through growth & expansion.

Plateosaurus, a plant-eating dinosaur,
may have dispersed northward due
to changes in atmospheric CO2 levels.

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

wednesday newstrip

Tiny turtle pooed ‘pure plastic’ for six days after rescue from Sydney beach · Russia, Ukraine accuse each other of POW prison bombing which reportedly killed 53 · Australian Prime Minister proposes draft national referendum question on Indigenous Voice to Parliament · Elongated Muskrat countersues Twitter over $44bn deal amid fresh legal action by shareholder · higher insulin dose is positively linked with cancer incidence, study finds · SpaceX Crew-1 Trunk debris found across New South Wales might not be the last of the phenomenon · people who eat more ultra-processed foods may have higher risk of dementia · habitual mask-wearing is likely helping Japan, Singapore & South Korea bring daily Omicron deaths down, epidemiologists say.

Monday, August 01, 2022

Otoliths issue sixty-six is now live

Issue sixty-six of Otoliths, the southern winter, 2022 issue, is live.


It contains the usual diverse assemblage of varieties of prose, poetry & visuals, from Jen Schneider, Andrew Topel & John M. Bennett, Mark DuCharme, Diana Magallón & Jeff Harrison, Sanjeev Sethi, Richard Kostelanetz, Tony Kitt, Jay Passer, Ken Poyner, Jennifer Weigel, Amy Barone, Owen Bullock, Bill Wolak, Eric Dillalogue, James Daniels, John M. Bennett & Diane Keys, John M. Bennett & Jihn Khan, Grzegorz Wróblewski, John Tustin, Steve Brisendine, Naomi Buck Palagi & Joshua Purnell, Texas Fontanella, Patricia Carragon, Richard Magahiz, John Bradley, Joe Balaz, Pamela Miller, Sunil Sharma, Randee Silv, Judith Skillman, Leslaw Nowara, J.J. Campbell, Jack Galmitz, Bill Freind, Dave Read, Shataw Naseri, Louis Campbell, Jim Leftwich, Karl Kempton, Timothy Pilgrim, John M. Bennett, Christian ALLE, Anna Cates, Clara B. Jones, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Cecelia Chapman, Nathan Anderson, Tony Beyer, gobscure, Daniel de Culla, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Nathan Whiting, Pete Spence, Carol Stetser, Vernon Frazer, Dave Webb, Joseph Buehler, Charles Borkhuis, John Digby & Bill Wolak, Michael J. Leach, John Levy, Olchar E. Lindsann, Peter Cherches, Guy R. Beining, Janet Jiahui Wu, R L Swihart, Henry Cherry, Adriána Kóbor, Joshua Martin, Laurinda Lind, Diana Magallón, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, M.J. Iuppa, Penelope Weiss, Harrison Fisher, Jim Meirose, Ségolène Pihut, Andrew K. Peterson, Réka Nyitrai & Alan Peat, Jeff Harrison, Adam Day, Chris Daly, Lynn Strongin, H.A. Bari, Eli S. Evans, Bob Lucky, Eric Hoffman, Alex M. Frankel, Charles Freeland, Elmedin Kadric, Elaine Woo, Anne-Marie Jeanjean, Keith Nunes, Bradley Earle Hoge, Robin Wyatt Dunn, Patrick Sweeney, fred flynn, KJ Hannah Greenberg, hiromi suzuki, bart plantenga, Rich Murphy, Thomas Camus, Keith Higginbotham, Jeff Bagato, Thomas Fink, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Leopold Haas, Eileen R. Tabios, Marilyn Stablein, Marcelo Medone, David Jalajel, Nils HM Geylen, Steph Amir, Stephen Nelson, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Angelo ‘NGE’ Colella, J. D. Nelson, Mark DeCarteret, Lorraine Caputo, Peter Yovu, Antonio Devicienti, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, & Carol Shillibeer.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Now out from Sandy Press

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Mark Young
Sandy Press
88 pages
ISBN: 978-1736816059
Price: $US19.95
Direct link: Amazon

Michael Gottlieb writes in his introduction that, following on from his Songs to Come for the Salamander, and Sorties, Mark Young continues to share the poems he writes every day, nearly every day. And we are the better for it. These are poems about what he sees. What he wants to see. What – he knows – we, the readers, need to see. And now we do see. And John Geraets adds that the world seems intent on losing its sense of magic, but Mark Young is less than convinced. His irrepressibility as a poet means that he somehow manages to enter the door that others are in the process of leaving, and vice versa. He is master over poetic language as a reflexive tool, in which the world’s coming and going are free to spin round each other, tellingly, enthrallingly. Your order is now equipped for shipping continues to show that his poetry is as significant in the present day as any we have before us.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Today the post-
woman brought
me The Shorter
Oxford English
Dictionary. Such
generosity! I was
lost for words.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

wednesday newstrip

Myanmar junta puts four democracy activists to death in first executions in decades · Canberra woman jailed for ramming corrective services vehicle to break partner out of prison · mining sector faces major skills shortage as environmental concerns deter Gen Z workers · new US Ambassador to Australia, Caroline Kennedy, welcomed in an indigenous smoking ceremony · a 76 year old naturist with a rifle shot a flasher dead at nudist beach in France after he masturbated in front of women · scientists find the secret to birth of earliest black holes in the Cosmos · the head of Frankfurt Airport says the travel chaos is partially because so many people travel with black suitcases.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

wednesday newstrip

Wandi was asked to get double-eyelid surgery, but she refused to conform to China's beauty standards · the Tory leadership debate: desperate as a sales pitch, worse as entertainment · study finds people with extremely low BMIs, aren't more active, they are just less hungry · more than a thousand deaths have been attributed to a climate change-linked heatwave in Europe · at least one in five jobs on prestigious & often well-paid Australian federal government boards are held by political appointees, the majority of them with direct ties to the Coalition after it awarded dozens of plum positions to political allies during its nine years in power · about 25 million children worldwide have missed out on routine immunizations against common diseases like diptheria, largely because the coronavirus pandemic disrupted regular health services or triggered misinformation about vaccines, according to the U.N.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Today the post-
woman brought
me a bandicoot.

Don't ask.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Normal service will be resumed once Elvis has left the Meditation Garden, & that isn't likely to happen for some time yet. Though I am thinking on it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

wednesday newstrip

Rebranded Russian McDonald's is removing french fries off its menu, citing a poor potato harvest · a 4-billion-year-old piece of Earth's crust has been identified beneath Australia · Twitter's future uncertain as it faces messy breakup with Elongated MuskRat · Uber broke laws, duped police, & secretly lobbied governments, leak reveals · Bob Jungels takes Tour de France stage nine in 65km breakaway as Tadej Pogačar remains leader · NASA to launch two rockets to evaluate Alpha Centauri for life · the Kīngitanga has defended the public shaming by Māori King Tūheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII of his eldest son Whatumoana & his marriage to Rangimarie Tahana that featured a whānau walk out mid-ceremony & a bride-in-brawl at the reception.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

A Day in the Life

Woman Charged in Death of Infant Girl 
Vizma Belsevica, 74; Latvian Poet's Work Was Often Censored 
Villaraigosa Appoints USC Law Professor to City's Ethics Commission 
UC Campus to Require Alcohol Course Online 
Truck's Spill on the 605 Is a Real Red-Hot Traffic Stopper 
Suspect in 1988 Fatal Stabbing Held in Florida 
Shellshocked Turtles Go Home 
Sea Lion Is Set for Return Home 
Placentia Must Scale Back Its OnTrac Project 
Mantle Hood, 87; Professor, Pioneer in Studying World's Music and Cultures 
Malibu Denizens Divided on Shooting of Paparazzo 
Lobbyist Pleads Guilty to Illegal Contribution 
Innovative Publisher Built an Empire From Ebony, Jet Magazines 
Helen L. Phillips, 86; Soprano Broke Color Barrier at the Met in 1947 
Hacker Gains Access to University Records 
Glider Dies From Fall After Parachute Fails 
Gene Mauch, 79; Manager of Angels, Other Major League Baseball Teams 
Federal Probe Sought in Death of Toddler in Police Standoff 
Despite Illegal Status, Buyers Get Home Loans 
Deputy Fatally Shoots Man After Pursuit 
Colton Clash: 1 Man Killed, 3 Hurt 
City Gets 6 More Months to Decide on Landfill Pact 
Caltrans Tries to Answer Day's Toughest Questions 
Building Consensus? Not at Lincoln Place Apartments 
Another Death in Fatal Van Crash Brings the Total to 6 
Amelia Penland, 79; Georgia Journalist Battled KKK in Print 
Aid but No Subsidy for Grand Ave. 
12 Inmates Hurt in San Quentin Prison Riot 
3 to Share $55-Million Super Lotto Jackpot 
2 Jurors Now Say Jackson Is Guilty  
2 Die, 1 Hurt as Plane Leaking Fuel Crashes at Big Bear Airport  
1 Killed, 6 Hurt in Newport Collision 

Thursday, July 07, 2022

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Wednesday, July 06, 2022

wednesday newstrip

Aotearoa New Zealand has declared that US far-right groups the Proud Boys & The Base are terrorist organisations · man loses USB with entire city's personal data after post-work drinks in Japan · horror on Oslo Pride day as gunman goes on deadly rampage killing two, injuring 21 · Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android & iOS · Tasmanian devil screaches & grunts as it runs away with woman's phone · Rodrigo Duterte hands power to son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Philippines · not rapt: KanYe NoGo West orders Melbourne fan to change store logo, burger names · Ice Age wolf DNA reveals dogs trace ancestry to two separate wolf populations · Russia abandons Snake Island in strategic victory for Kyiv · US Supreme Court limits federal power to curb carbon emissions.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

wednesday newstrip

YouTube has a hidden list of keyboard shortcuts · female scientists less likely to be given authorship credits, analysis finds · poliovirus identified in London sewage, says UK health agency · Afghanistan's Taliban rulers plead for aid after the country's deadliest earthquake in two decades · the Australian Supreme Court has found a war veteran lacked mental capacity to give house & fortune to hairdresser · US politicians pass first major gun restrictions in decades · US Supreme Court strikes down New York law, expanding gun rights · US Supreme Court ruling ends the constitutional right to abortion · less than half (49 per cent) of the 2.1 billion COVID vaccine donations promised to poorer countries by G7 countries have been delivered, according to new figures published today by Oxfam & the People’s Vaccine Alliance. Had the missing donated doses been shared in 2021, it could have been enough to save almost 600,000 lives in low & middle income countries, the equivalent of one every minute.