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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Unlawful (Harkaway>

Just because something is done according to the law does not mean that it is lawful. Law is made in the image of an ideal. One can make a law that does not reflect that image, and that law may be a law without being lawful.

Nick Harkaway, Gnomon

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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Forgotten (Orlean)

I fear not just that I, personally, will be forgotten but that we are all doomed to being forgotten; that the sum of life is ultimately nothing; that we experience joy and disappointment and aches and delights and loss, make our little mark on the world, and then we vanish, and the mark is erased, and it is as if we never existed. If you gaze into that bleakness even for a moment, the sum of life becomes null and void, because if nothing lasts nothing matters. Everything we experience unfolds without a pattern, and life is just a baffling occurrence, a scattering of notes with no melody.

Susan Orlean

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

By definition

I reject any paradigm that defines people by their institutional role.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Convince me (Porchia)

Convince me, but without convictions.  Convictions no longer convince me.

Antonio Porchia

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Memory

Words are made of memory.  Even the shortest word—even "I"—is inconceivable without memory.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Now?

Is consciousness in the now
or is now in the consciousness?

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Cheese flautas

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Attention!

Words are attention.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Pursuant to pursuit

We pursue community for continuity.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

The posture

What better way to express doubt
than in the posture of certainty?

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

New poems

+15

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

On time

Time is the wind
made when what moves moves.

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Saturday, September 08, 2018

The refusal (Zapruder)

He [Whitman] "shall not let it"—that is, the lures of the world, the intoxication—distract him from his loafing, the refusal to be tempted out of idleness, from which all his great poetry emerges.

This refusal can be difficult to sustain, because of external and internal pressures.  Yet it is only through preserving somewhere, within oneself, a refusal to be "useful" in the ways the world expects, to be "functional" or "productive" or "responsible," that one prepares to be a poet.

Matthew Zapruder, Why Poetry

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Friday, September 07, 2018

Not quite

The innate is not inevitable.

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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Ambition to say (Nietzsche)

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a whole book—what everyone else does not say in a whole book.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Everything

Everything is a set containing more than every thing.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

"Discontinuity" & "In Ruins"

Rat's Ass Review is going to be publishing my poems Discontinuity and In Ruins. I'll post more details as I get them.

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New poems

+15

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Monday, September 03, 2018

A thing (Porchia)

Man is a thing children learn.  A childish thing.

Antonio Porchia

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Saturday, September 01, 2018

Not every

Not every insufficiency is a failure.

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