Monday, June 23, 2008

Fragments

Reading Milosz as wife in line for heavenly yogurt, i read from his prescription: "Whoever suffers/should be a teller of the truth. Should? How,/with all the disguises, comedy, self-pity?/Falseness of feeling results in a false phrase./I value style too much to take the risk."

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Filled up another little, black journal. There are cheaper ones, but these are just so damn durable and fit perfectly in any of my pockets.
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Amassing a reading list for the summer:
Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud
I wanna read the new Abraham Rodriguez book. The Buddha Book was cool. Read it a few years ago and passed it along to brother. Gotta kick out of his Jawbreaker reference (epigraph).
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Working on silly collages.
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Still mourning the knowing that Luis Omar Salinas has passed. Whenever I read his work it was/is like putting on some of those silly 3-d movie glasses and really seeing things, really seeing, using "first eyes" like Luis Rodriguez says.
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My students made wonderful chapbooks for last project. I will try and post a few photos soon. Riffs on W.C. Williams, Joe Brainard, Patricia Smith, translations of Neruda, a fifteen-year-old's 7 1/2 minute memorized poem recited before a stunned mama at our reading!
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Speaking of which, I ran into a copy of Columbia Poetry Review today at the bookstore. Something for everybody. Especially liked the healthy dose of early Tim Dlugos poems.