Thursday, July 24, 2014

My laptop's fried.  And, while I usually like fried things, this isn't good.  Really don't need the expense and hassle right now.


My belated birthday present from B. arrived in today's mail:  a silver guitar pick which has my name engraved upon it.  Very cool and a total surprise.  It makes a lovely sound as I rake it against the strings.


Did I mention that my laptop's fried?  The computer on which my manuscripts, etc reside.


Though I mostly practice on the acoustic guitar, I've been spending more time with the Strat lately. I bought the instrument a little over a year ago and am developing a deeper appreciation for the thing.  I even like the humbuckling.  And don't get me started on my wang bar.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I've been thinking about rhymes--my antipathy toward them, but also the complexities they can reveal.

I'm Starting to Think Questions Again

What constitutes enough context to make a decision?  How does one decide that?!
Listening to Keith Jarrett: The Impulse Years, 1973-1974, a lovely 5 disc set.

All the fans are going.  It feels like rain.


I've been leafing through Being Nude: The Skin of Images (Fordham University Press, 2014) by Jean-Luc Nancy and Federico Ferrari.  It's a book of  meditations on 26 pictures, photos, paintings which are arranged alphabetically by subject.  It goes like this:

A    Acephalus
B    Bathsheba
C    Caress
D    Disfiguration
E    Equivocal
F    Fenestration
G   Goya
H   Humus
I    Incarnate
J    Joker
K   Khaos
L   Lumbar
M  Model
N  Nimbus
O  Optic
P  Presence
Q  Quodlibet
R   Resurrection
S   Scopophilia
T   Trans
U  Use
V  Veritas
W  We
X    X
Y   Y
Z    Zero

I'm going to sip this book slowly.  I know it's going to be delicious.  And I'm wondering if I might find some inspiration in it for new work of my own.


Listening to Charlie Haden's bass playing on the Jarrett discs and thinking about the power and resonance of individual notes.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gone But Not Forgotten

In the course of going back through the six issues of The Difficulties, I was struck by the fact that many of the contributors have passed away.  Frank Samperi, Hannah Weiner, David Bromige, George Butterick, Robert Creeley, Fielding Dawson, Larry Eigner, Jerry Estrin, Dick Higgins, Ronald Johnson, Jackson Mac Low, Paul Metcalf, Gill Ott, Cid Corman, Robert Ashley, Theodore Enslin, and Douglas Woolf are sadly no longer alive.  I miss them all.  Especially Fielding.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Drive-by Colonoscopy

(my forthcoming memoir
from Wrecked Him Press).

This Just In From Nico Vassilaksis

  "Reason: To share a recent set of work

Item: A short series of letter composition, imagetext and alphabet vispo

Size: 35 pages

Cost: Free

Wishes: All the best"

Check it out.  There's some interesting work in this portfolio.