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Thursday, October 19, 2017

October sundown on the farm

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Hamilton Stone Review

The Hamilton Stone Review has published Issue #37 online, which contains four of my poems, "Isolate," "Diversions," "Necronyms," and "Good Enough." I'm looking forward to reading the other poems there, as it looks like they have a better-than-average mix of styles and subjects, and I'm a sucker for variety.

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New poems

+15

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Monday, October 16, 2017

On grief

Grief is memory's flower.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Probably

All probability is based on improbability.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hanging on to (Hughes)

But he will not be frightened into awe. He never loses his deeply ingrained humour and irony: that is his way of hanging on to his human wholeness. And he never loses his intense absorption in what he is talking about, either.

Ted Hughes, introduction to Vasko Popa: Selected Poems

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Calm

Calm is an illusion of coherence.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Of us

What the best of us has done
exalts the worst of us;
what the worst of us has done
taints the best of us.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Nothing (Patchett)

What she prayed for was nothing. She prayed that God would look on them and see the beauty of their existence and leave them alone.

Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New poems

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Pirene's Fountain

Pirene's Fountain has released Volume 10, Issue 18: Skin Deep, which contains my poem "Presented Without Comment." They sent my copy to my old address, so I'll have to wait a bit before I get my hands on it and can check out the other poetry in there.

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

A fitting song (Lucretius)

Who can build a fitting song, who has the strength of heart
To match the Majesty of Things and these truths in his art?

Lucretius (A. E. Stallings, trans.),
The Nature of Things

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Saturday, October 07, 2017

A collaboration

Every life is a collaboration with the world.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

Dullness & weirdness (Flanagan)

And his life was now, he felt, one monumental unreality, in which everything that did not matter—professional ambitions, the private pursuit of status, the colour of wallpaper, the size of an office or the matter of a dedicated car parking space—was vested with the greatest significance, and everything that did matter—pleasure, joy, friendship, love—was deemed somehow peripheral.  It made for dullness mostly and weirdness generally.

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

The miracles

We take for granted the miracles that everyone can do.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

After

After understanding comes regret.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Only the purity (Flanagan)

She did not want...absolution, only the purity of reconciling her truth and her life, and, having done so, of standing up, turning away and leaving forever.

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

New poems

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Words (Flanagan)

There are words and words and none mean anything. And then one sentence means everything.

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Honor & accommodate

Honor all contributions;
accommodate, where possible, all choices.

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