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Sunday, April 5, 2009 7:29 PM

And by this, an elevation of the poem as something with the power of action, or the decision to undo

Sunday, April 5, 2009 6:20 PM

what I’m calling for mainly is a shift of attention, energy distribution, and location of the poem away from page to the socius itself. and then we can call this poetry, or we can call it whatever. the
fact is people who have written poems, and been trained as poets, will be bringing their skill-set et al to something else. or, as you say, outsourcing in the sense that they bring poetic forms and methods to other discourses/activities/fields. and what does it mean to return to “page poetry” from such a journey off the page. a kind of minor Homerics

Friday, April 3, 2009 2:29 PM

define “our alienated community”

Thursday, April 2, 2009 2:51 PM

My theme will be “mediation”

Thursday, April 2, 2009 11:05 AM

it was nice to see your bright faces in the audience among so much bad art and cheap wine.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 8:57 PM

“I don’t do stuff for the dead. I keep promises.”
~ Jerome Caja

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 11:00 AM

a design I have appreciated that we may take up and tweak is that generic design for French textbooks. Like all off-white, uniform font, with a subtle colorless graphic if any. Agnes Denes selected writing, The Human Argument, uses this design self-consciously and I love the effect

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 10:39 AM

yesterday I started reading this book by Eliot Weinberger before bed, where all the chapters are very short, and structured like prose poems with all this poetic information about a certain subject or object. like Mayan culture, or wrens. a very beautiful way of honing information into a poem […]. I think you would like this chapter on a French anthropologist who believed he and his wife to be reincarnations of this Mayan king and queen.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 10:39 AM

I remain fascinated by this painting as it seems an allegory of alienated labor, or something like this. where the mind can’t know what the body does. so the body is beheaded. parapalegic. doesn’t it seem as if the woman is just barely holding her head up? she seems to have no (bodily) agency anyway, and is only powerful by commanding that group of women around her who prepare her linens and dress and make her up.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 6:09 PM

those pics of us are totally amazing and I hope we can keep taking them for one of the rooms we’re going to make. like maybe a room as the inner chamber of a heart? a rabbit’s heart?