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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

New poems

+15

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

On meaning

Association and causation are not meaning.
Meaning is perception and interpretation and dream.

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Thursday, February 06, 2020

2/5/2020

A date which will long live in infamy.

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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Observation

Hell is compelled.

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Monday, February 03, 2020

Life

Life is a glorious chore,
with intermittent reward.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

New poems

+15

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Stories (Morgenstern)

He has walked through puddles of ink and left footprints that formed stories in his wake that he did not turn around to read.

Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Until

Choke the obscurantist with fact; make him miserable until he relents.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

What history is (James)

That's what history is: the story of everything that needn't have been like that.

Clive James, Cultural Amnesia

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Creamy Tortellini, Spinach, and Chicken Soup

From this recipe.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

The synthesis (Gunn)

What could I do but seek the synthesis
As each man does, of what his nature is?

Thom Gunn, from "Merlin in the Cave: He Speculates without a Book"

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

On metaphor

Metaphor, whatever else it may be, is a distancing device.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Wasted

A day in which you learn nothing is a day wasted.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

The age (Wilde)

We live in the age of the over-worked, and the under-educated; the age in which people are so industrious that they become absolutely stupid.

Oscar Wilde

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Monday, January 06, 2020

New poems

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Saturday, January 04, 2020

The cage

Perhaps the worst thing is to be smart enough to see the cage but not smart enough to escape it.

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Friday, January 03, 2020

Quick 2019 Summation

Books Read:  75
Poems Written:  203

The fewest poems I've written since 2011, but I had a book and a chapbook published, so I guess that's a good tradeoff!

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Life

Life is a process, constantly negotiated.
When you're enjoying yourself,
you're on the right track.
When you're miserable,
you've got it wrong.

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

The barbarians (Cavafy)

Why isn’t anything going on in the senate?
Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?

Because the barbarians are coming today.
What’s the point of senators making laws now?
Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

C. P. Cavafy, from "Waiting for the Barbarians"

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

A story (Chambers)

Our species doesn't operate by reality. It operates by stories. Cities are a story. Money is a story. Space was a story, once. A king tells us a story about who we are and why we're great, and that story is enough to make us go kill people who tell a different story. Or maybe the people kill the king because they don't like his story and have begun to tell themselves a different one.

Becky Chambers, Record of a Spaceborn Few

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