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Saturday, April 7, 2007 1:07 PM

So revealing that I think my poem is
totally inadequate—a failure; but where I fail you at least strike that phrasing and emotional
register that I would otherwise value and attempt.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 1:00 PM

Of course I consider the blog to be less a final destination for work, than an open notebook
for all to read and feedback about, and which provides for my  process… 

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 1:48 PM

I have been thinking much about ways you are
addressing color after Antonioni. As a kind of Shabbat, separation or interruption; a “small
distance” (Oppen) or “single hurt color” (Stein). Very interested in this problem your latest
response presents, and will hopefully be able to see *Red Desert* again soon to consider better

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 1:14 PM

Wow man, this press looks pretty bad. Lot of names I’ve never heard of and poems I’d never like to
read seemingly… But thanks for thinking of me for contests. They seem a necessary evil at this
point in the ways we spoke of during our last luncheon.

Monday, April 2, 2007 1:19 PM

Listening to Harry Partch right now—do you know his music? Loving all the home-made instruments, and West Coast opera, and multi-layered eventfulness of orchestration. I’ll burn you some if you don’t have any, and want some… 

Sent: Apr 4, 2007 3:56 PM

Sorry  to  miss you the other day ****** My life is crazy right now but I hope you will come to
Koestenbaum/Martin at my house Friday and we will have a chance to catch up

Ruth Margraff, who is profiled here along with her teacher, is also a terrific playwright, musician, and poet. 

Okay, Goodnight! xoxo

Goodnight! Going to bed! 

This video (heartbreaking) from an old roommate, wonderful & accomplished Cynthia Hopkins. I met her through Ruth Margraff. I’m going to post something of Ruth’s work also. Both are so talented! What a great day for me here, full of memories & pleasure!

Very cool sound sculpture. 

I have to share one of the early videos/songs by The Lisps. All their new stuff is wonderful but I just had to share the first song I ever heard them play. It’s catchy, and they sang it here at The Palace in Missoula a few years back. Sammy was beating a file cabinet with a mallet. And check out Futurity, their new project, a fabulous musical that was just performed at Harvard.