Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After working on Appearances for such a long time I'm unsure what's on deck next.  It's important, I think, not to force anything--to try and let ideas emerge in an organic way.

Monday, March 23, 2015

This is an interesting post from Ron Silliman. 
I stuck a fork in Appearances earlier today and declared it done! What a journey it has been. Three and a half years in the making.   Have started putting out feelers.  I hope I can find a good home for this book.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Been working crazy hard on Appearances.  Feel like it's starting to approach where it needs to be.


Listening to Junior Kimbrough's great "Most Things Haven't Worked Out."  I'm obsessed with it right now.


The poetics of a few things versus the poetics of a lot of things.  There's no right or wrong here.  There's preference, personal aesthetics. For me, even in a long poem, it's an aesthetic of less not more. And that's what I love about the blues.  Kimbrough's really eloquent that way.  The intervals, the space between and around the notes are what makes things happen.  It's as true in poetry as it is in music.

As Cid Corman once insisted to me: leave space on the page for the words to breathe.


Words aren't just content.  They can be plenty discontent.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

My  "Twenty Scenarios: A Poem for Mark Young" is up now at the List Poem Issue of Truck which Eileen Tabios curated. Thanks Eileen!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Today I completed a second pass through Appearances.  I'm getting a clearer idea of what remains to be done--without, that is, being entirely sure.  This is the only single text I've written that's over a hundred pages long.


Dinner tonight is going to be a simple affair, cheap but good--chicken livers roasted with potatoes, carrots and onions, olive oil and tarragon.


One byproduct of working so long on Appearances is that I'm really getting anxious to think poetry again.

I was wrong in thinking that I could produce a first draft of Appearances in a year. It took over three. And my poetry took a backseat during that time.  Which made for some anxiety (which I'm anxious to resolve).

I don't regret the Appearances project.  It's a struggle I chose.  And I chose it because I wanted to see if I could make a big piece out of my limited means.  And that, in the course of editing, is exactly what I continue to try to see.


Damn, that roasting tarragon smells good.