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Friday, September 17, 2021

The familiar & the true

As something becomes more familiar, it may seem more right, truer:  it may not be.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The only thing (Vonnegut)

The mind is the only thing about human beings that’s worth anything.  Why does it have to be tied to a bag of skin, blood, hair, meat, bones and tubes?

No wonder people can’t get anything done, stuck for life with a parasite that has to be stuffed with food and protected from weather and germs all the time.  And the fool thing wears out anyway—no matter how much you stuff and protect it.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr., from Unready To Wear

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

To stay a writer (Zambreno)

Kafka's insurance firm was full of aspiring poets, a reminder that it is fairly commonplace to want to be a writer or poet.  It is more unusual to stay a writer despite lack of status or outward success, to sacrifice sanity, sleep, positive well-being, health, to instead dwell in a life that is one of almost constant paranoia, oscillating between horror at invisibility and nausea at visibility.

Kate Zambreno, from To Write As If Already Dead

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Friday, September 10, 2021

On patience

Patience is not a virtue, it's a strategy—often a highly effective one.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2021

New poems

+15

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Sunday, September 05, 2021

Tolstoy Together

I received my author's copy yesterday of Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace, which includes some of my comments. The book releases officially on the 14th.

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Assumption

If you assume the world to be concrete, everything that follows will be in error.

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

What is real

If what is real is no longer beautiful,
how many people will decide
that what is real is no longer true?

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Illusions

Everything you believe is real is an illusion.
Do you believe illusions are real?

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Monday, August 16, 2021

To what extent

To what extent are our inquiries our injuries?

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Sophomoric

There is nothing more sophomoric than the epithet "sophomoric."

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Monday, August 09, 2021

The pattern

The pattern of infinite patterns looks like chaos.

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Sunday, August 08, 2021

Raspberry Pie

From this recipe.

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Saturday, August 07, 2021

What is missed

Of everything that goes, what is missed most is enthusiasm.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Perhaps

Perhaps good exists only to intensify the experience of bad via contrast.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Easier (Neruda)

What is my poetry? I don’t know. It would be easier to ask my poetry who am I.

Pablo Neruda

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Lessons

Life is full of lessons
that death renders irrelevant.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Empathy

Empathy is the beginning, not the end.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

On fears

The most debilitating fears disguise themselves as practical concerns.

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Sunday, June 06, 2021

On choice

Choice is a chance.

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