Monday, December 22, 2008
they opened the drain in the sky last night. and so goes the time away into a series of wires and machines and we make cookies and set them to cool on the table in tiers. it is the time for cheer and wonder. we are some-eh-what bless-ed things, even in this failing market. even in this weather and under it. here's to your house, may it hold you in its walls like a soft-spoken mother. and when we see each other we can say we saw this, too.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
happens are for loose knit cloth, clotted art
the fangtoothed. keep it beneath simple
and the newspirit, printed. a major
chord for the celebration rang out, the ladder
continued its step upping. we are minors
with the -er replaced in our lungs, a trade out.
and the river that runs through town
hides its water beneath a cold hard face.
a sky ripples the same and we're beneath
all of this even. numbers and copypaper.
ready for endings, the source of local news
had its glowing head turned off. the ball
that drops is little and full with bulbs.
people looking up into their hearts. are hats.
hours. 'r'-s, ours. fangled.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
If you read poetry and are thinking about buying anything in the next month (for the holidays or as a reward for making it through the holidays) check out Brett Price's Trouble with Mapping. It's a lovely hand-made limited edition chapbook and each cover is different.
I've been frantically gathering papers to send in the mail to people I don't know. What else is there?
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
what were you doing 5 years ago? 1) getting frustrated with jane miller and then learning from that frustration how to be indifferent 2) sweating a lot 3) playing pool at the red garter and getting smeared by andy 4) slapping al's head 5) hanging out with people i don't get to see now.
what are 5 things on your to do list for today? 1) get observed (accomplished) 2) go to harrisburg 3) remember to pack student papers in bag (accomplished) 4) grade the 5 papers that were printed from email (accomplished) 5) drink something boozish with pj and jess --this list makes me feel like i'm a capable human...odd for a friday.
what are 5 snacks you enjoy? 1) lightly salted peanuts 2) cliff bars, generally peanut butter crunk or something along that line 3) cereal 4) apples 5) bread
what are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire? 1) fly eveyone i enjoy being around to the south pacific and have a weeklong barbecue 2) stop work 3) give people 50,000 every so often 4) secure my parents for the rest of their lives 5) make more stuff
what are 5 of your bad habits? 1) procrastination 2) pessimism 3) laziness--linked to 1 and 2 4) forgetting to brush my teeth and not flossing 5) dead baby jokes
what are 5 places you have lived? 1) archbald 2) pittsburgh 3) tucson 4) queens 5) mt cobb
what are 5 jobs you have had? 1) sandwich artist 2) gas station attendant 3) maintenance worker 4) flower deliverer 5) nut grabber (small parts picking and packing)
which 5 people do you want to tag? 1) mark 2) jlk 3) paul 4) jesse 5) sommer
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Let one of the top two teams lose and let's see what's what. Maybe I'll have to swallow some of these words again on January 8, but from where I'm sitting the blue and white seem like they can keep up with anyone.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
This weekend was rainy. Shannon and I indoors for the most part. The assassination of Jesse James and football and caffeine. The high grass swaying and motes of dust. I'm trying to get things polished. Trying to make for a glisten.
Sarah Palin is a nightmare. Both sides are smeary, but I believe in Obama. I've said it on peoples' doorsteps. I say it here.
The next number of years aren't going to be like what we've known, but it's going to take someone who can see around a number of subjects. Not someone who only knows how to attack and attack and attack. Recklessness and aggression doesn't make a good leader, our current situation proves this.
I wish Paul Newman could have at least pretended to be our president.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
(and beneath it is an american
eagle, gold and bald.)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Or maybe not a Rolls and maybe not from Rome...
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
If anyone was wondering, while recovering from my wine after the Ubaldo festivities I saw what could only be described as a UFO--or as three symmetrical stars that were moving in a set pattern and then they dissapeared suddenly from the sky. There was another witness.
No one believes us.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
This weekend was spent back in the keystone state. My knees do not forgive me yet for it, but with a friend I raced in a canoe for a number of miles down the mighty Lackawanna. We wound up taking a couple sets of rapids backwards and without a full capsize. Water was up this year, thankfully. Water was cold as well (as water is many times wont to be). At the end of the race we numbly waited for times to be posted.
In two weeks is the race of the saints. My lady has not been witness to this spectacle. I'm sure many people in the world have also not been witness to this spectacle, either. I hope to refrain from jumping into any shrubs, though it gets to be very tempting later in the day when the sun has begun its rest and the hose company number 2 picnic has begun in earnest.
Soon there will be more photos and a new abode. Soon there will be boxes full of books and stones. And now I get to finishing up my teacherly duties. Adieu.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
in between the theaters on 45th st. After being transported to a small town in oklahoma and spending 3+ hrs in the home of a family that epitomizes the idea of dysfunction, it was an interesting and welcome juxtaposition. The play contains one of the more hysterically vicious characters I've ever come across and seems to suggest that even though offspring often try their best to rail against and distance themselves from the things in their parents they like least, in times of crisis we can't help but become a resting place for those very same qualities. And then we flee. And then we flee. And then we
There's a lot of other stuff to chew, but I need to clean and pretend I'm not lazy.
If you've spent the time to read this, check out the book that's just come out from Flying Guillotine: http://flyingguillotinepress.blogspot.com. Maybe even consider buying a copy so that Sommer and I can make more books!