Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Today the
postman brought
me Babe
Ruth's Greatest
& Jane
Greatest Misses.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It was at this point that he uttered imprecations at the sky.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Today's oxymoron

controlled burning

in light of the fact that many of the bush- & grassfires that ravage vast areas of Australia are the result of what are euphemistically described as backburning or prescribed burning or controlled burning getting totally out of control.

As per this current news report.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pom 'po pom 'po pon po pon pon

La vache quit rit
& les lapins
qui jouent des
little in common
except that Magritte
called this his
vache period &
painted lots of
rabbits—& other
animals—during it.

So, there goes the
neighborhood now
that musicians
have moved in next
door, & everybody
knows, as Leonard
Cohen reminds us,
that musicians fuck
like . . . well, fuck like
rabbits. So, pom' po,
paradiddle. Pom 'po,
paradise lost. Pon
po pon pon paradox.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mental Complacency

My grandfather was
a technician for Ma
Bell. He said, "We are

complacent in our
color attributions. The
only way to receive a

signal is to eliminate the
noise. There are no co-
incidences, merely portals."

Saturday, November 12, 2011

In this age

of digital displays—clocks beside the bed, in cars, on microwaves, ovens, phones, et al.—I find such signs as 11:11 or 7:47 or 12:34 quite talismanic. Wake up or walk into the kitchen or whatever & come across such a display & I think it's a good thing. Not necessarily propitious, but at least offering something positive.

I have similar attitudes towards the chance sighting of particular birds, or the hearing of particular songs that have some sort of charge for me. I don't follow through on them, to check to see if they're prescient incidents, just note them in passing & move on. Enough that they've occured.

Of late, however, they've become something more. Not premonitions, more akin to knots in a rope that provide handholds. I see them, hang on to them, refuse to let go until another one comes along. & they're no longer chance: I seek them out. As I write this, I have a YouTube track of So What playing in a minimized browser.

Nine more minutes of future I don't have to think about.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Cover her face,

mine eyes dazzle,

she died young.

John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

Friday, November 04, 2011

Today the
postman brought
me an Andy
Warhol silk-
screen print of an
Iams Veterinary
Formula Intestinal
Low-Residue Dog
Food can, done
before The Factory,
before fame. De-
tractors call it
his Pup Art phase.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Issue #23 of Otoliths is now live

Okay, maybe it's living vicariously, but I can think of no better way to enter my eighth decade than by bringing out a new issue of Otoliths.

As always, the southern spring, 2011 issue is chock full o' nutrition, with work across a number of media from Paul Siegell, Anny Ballardini, Ed Baker, Michael Farrell, Corey Mesler, Zev Jonas, Howie Good, Joseph Veronneau, Ana Viviane Minorelli, Kyle Hemmings, Peter Ganick, Geof Huth, Heller Levinson, Scott Keeney, Jim Meirose, Keith Higginbotham, Yonah Korngold, Dylan Fettig, Philip Byron Oakes, Sue Fitchett, Sheila E. Murphy & John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett, John M. Bennett & Thomas M. Cassidy, Michael Andrew, Steven Alvarez, Changming Yuan, Raymond Farr, Melissa Eleftherion, Caleb Puckett, Julian Jason Haladyn, Jen Besemer, Dale Wisely, Tyler Cain Lacy, Eleanor Leonne Bennett, Awa Loizeaux Zag, SJ Fowler, Jill Chan, James Cervantes, Adam Fieled, Márton Koppány, Jim Leftwich & Márton Koppány, Lakey Comess, David Herd, J. D. Nelson, Felino A. Soriano, Jeff Harrison, Adam Trawick, Bobbi Lurie, Tim Wright, George McKim, Scott Metz, Sheila E. Murphy, Vernon Frazer, Dysphasia Press, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Jo Langdon, John Pursch, Megan Anderson, Eryk Wenziak, Katrinka Moore, Charles Freeland, Steve Johnson & Cecelia Chapman, Scott Bentley, sean burn, Bob Heman, Michael Brandonisio, Zoe Dzunko, Paul Pfleuger Jr., Bill Drennan, Javant Biarujia, & Bill DiMichele.