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Friday, February 23, 2018

C&C

Chance and choice, choice and chance—
what a dance!

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

In spite of (Bachelard)

How can a man become a poet in spite of life?

Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Reverie

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Advice

Never say "I believe."
Say "I think."
And then do so.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New poems

+15

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

On tragedy

Tragedy is incompatible with inevitability.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

More convincing (Mandelstam)

To be—that is the artist's greatest pride.  He desires no other paradise than existence, and when he hears talk of reality he only smiles bitterly, for he knows the endlessly more convincing reality of art.

Osip Mandelstam, The Morning of Acmeism

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

streetcake magazine

streetcake magazine has now published (already!) my poem "Words 3" in Issue 56, which came out today. The whole issue consists of five poems by five poets, so it's easy to carve out enough time in your schedule today to read the whole thing—which I recommend doing.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

VD poetry

David Lehman chose my poem "The Tumble" as one to highlight on this week's Next Line, Please feature at The American Scholar website (he picked one last week as well). It's always great to be recognized there among all the stimulating work, and even more so this week, as I was particularly pleased with the way this poem came together.

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New poems

+15

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Monday, February 12, 2018

We will

We will make meaning.
At any cost.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The world

The world was born of passion mating with dispassion.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Spotted in the yard this morning

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Why

Why is the direct descendant of how.

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Perspective (Doctorow)

Anything invented before you were eighteen was there all along. Anything invented before you're thirty is exciting and will change the world forever. Anything invented after that is an abomination and should be banned.

Cory Doctorow, Walkaway

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

"Words 3"

streetcake magazine has accepted my poem "Words 3" and will be publishing it in their next issue. Given the interesting and thought-provoking work that they publish, I am very pleased to have one of my poems included.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

New poems

+15

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Saturday, February 03, 2018

The last freedom

The last freedom is not to imagine yourself loved but to imagine you love.

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Thursday, February 01, 2018

Of loss (Reed)

In the age of loss there is
the dream of loss
in which, of course, I

am alive at the center—

Justin Phillip Reed, from "About the Bees"

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Anyway (Frank)

I feel the happiness of the man who sees the spider at the bottom of the goblet, and drinks anyway, knowing that it will all end badly, and that everything is fatal, but who chooses to embrace life anyway, to balance the terror of being human against the joy of being human.

Joe Frank

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hemmed in (Byrd)

For there is no escape anywhere. You are hemmed in on every side by your own inadequacies and the crowding measures of your associates. The ones who survive with a measure of happiness are those who can live profoundly off of their intellectual resources, as hibernating animals live off their fat.

Richard Byrd, Alone

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