Tuesday, November 30, 2010

as it falls apart

afternoon grey in afternoon sounding
you petals leaves and leaves you
what are my clothes worth what
free scattering no return falling free
epochs are rustling by
today sounds are better than all that
in floridas and gulfs
and when its time is come
because of this I am almost a man

and washes the leaves into the sea
empty glasses
syllables you almost understand
rat bones, black and white
the dissolving skin
we are all making works, I hear
at our shoulders
visited by crows
lights light

Sunday, November 28, 2010


"Everything that exists is situated. ..."

Max Jacob, in preface to Le cornet à dés, 1916.

Friday, November 26, 2010


off screen thresholds
blind sky

Thursday, November 25, 2010


the arrangement of
air the

of paper what
you see

want to see
words order

- -
- ( ) -


"The arrangement, which is the life of a poem, includes music and meaning, the immediately experienced and the relations of ideas. The process of arrangement, or creation, is an essential and subtle one."

Muriel Rukeyser, The Life of Poetry, Paris Press, 1996.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


what is the defence
of things
blown at gates
the ugly roses
half-wild with light


'Poetry seems often a talking to self as well as other as well as self as other, a simultaneity that recognizes the elusive multiplicity of what is called "identity." '

Michael Palmer, "Autobiography, Memory and Mechanisms of Concealment", in Bob Perleman, ed. Writing / Talks, Southern Illinois University Press, 1985.