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Monday, September 16, 2019

Distraction

In the face of annihilation, there is only one recourse: distraction. This goes a long way toward explaining both our psychology and our society.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

What isn't

What isn't natural is trying to define something as natural or unnatural.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Late Utopia — right on time!

FedEx just dropped off my copies.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A success (Dylan)

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.

Bob Dylan

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Always more

There is always more to say
but there is always more still to not say.

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Monday, September 09, 2019

Update (Hoagland)

So much depends
upon

a red multi-
corporation

glazed with
tax credits

beside the white
politicians.

Tony Hoagland, "Update"

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Friday, September 06, 2019

The problem with happiness

The problem with happiness is that it is not unimaginable.

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Thursday, September 05, 2019

Escape (Hawkins)

The only real escape from hell is to conquer it.

Scott Hawkins, The Library at Mount Char

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

The line

Incantation or calculation,
the line doesn't just display,
it performs.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

New poems

+15

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Sunday, September 01, 2019

Late Utopia

My new poetry book, Late Utopia, goes on sale today at Amazon.  This book contains slightly longer works than the very short poems of my recent chapbook (still available—The Animal Commitments).  If you'd like a print copy of my work to hold in your hands and display on your shelf, order a copy today! (It's not too soon to start thinking of Christmas gifts...)

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Still don't understand (Hoagland)

I said, "Love me better or go to hell."
I said, "I will forgive when I am good and ready."
I said, "Rumors of my happiness have been greatly exaggerated."
I still don't understand why what I give and what I get back in return never seem to weigh the same.

Tony Hoagland, from "Misunderstandings"

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Options

Control your behavior, don't deny your impulses.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

O world! (Shakespeare)

World, world, O world!
But that thy strange mutations make us hate thee,
Life would not yield to age.

William Shakespeare, from "King Lear"

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Not yet (Girmay)

I am not ready to die yet.
I want to live longer knowing that wind
still moves a dead bird's feathers.
Wind doesn't move over & say That thing
can't fly. Don't go there. It's dead.

No, it just blows & blows lifting
what it can. I am not ready
to die yet. No.

Aracelis Girmay, from "I Am Not Ready To Die Yet"

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Accountability

Sin together, atone alone.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Both (Jahren)

We are each given exactly one chance to be. Each of us is both impossible and inevitable.

Hope Jahren, Lab Girl

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Living alongside (Doctorow)

Life is not a ledger. Your sins can't be paid off through good deeds. Your good deeds are not cancelled by your sins. Your sins and your good deeds live alongside one another. They coexist in superposition.

Cory Doctorow

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

New poems

+15

This batch contains my 5000th poem!

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Monday, August 19, 2019

On economics

Has anything ever allowed more harm to be done on less evidence with less consequence than economics?

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