After numerous interruptions and blockages I've found a way back into Appearances: A Novel in 365 Fragments, completing fragment #101 yesterday. Fragment #100 was the breakthrough occasion in which a new character was created which should figure importantly in the rest of the book.
Earlier this week I had lunch and a nice visit with my good friend Jessica Grim. She's the only poet I know in Ohio who I can talk to about anything and everything. We only see each other a couple of times a year but the conversation is always easy and seamless--as if there had never been an interruption. Such friendships are rare for me--and priceless.
Listening to Keith Jarrett's La Scala cd.
Received in the mail yesterday: Captain Poetry's Sucker Punch: A Guide to the Homeric Punkhole, 1980-2012 by Kenneth Warren (BlazeVox, 2012). I know Ken somewhat from the time I was involved in a poetry reading series in Cleveland. He inscribed my copy of his book thusly:
-for Tom Beckett-
It's an impressive volume of essays, reviews, etc. The work of a lifetime which I'll be a long time absorbing. And hopefully writing about at some point. I particularly want to spend some time with his many rich essays and talks on Charles Olson.
I've barely dipped into this book and already I want to recommend it to anyone interested in contemporary poetics.