Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Record activity by color -
blue for teaching and coursework
green for art and writing
yellow for Spanish
pink for Japanese.
See, do.
There are deficiencies.
Assess, yes.

Understand.
Here.
This is a day.

Each year as your death date approaches, Kevin, I panic. My mind leaves the auditorium.
I cry once a day. It is an activity I have no color for, my most consistent January practice. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

"...the Trinity Library's main chamber, The Long Room,  is  65 metres in length and houses around 200,00 of the library's oldest books..."


3 dead men

Apollo 1

found alive:
a page
scorched edges
legible

thoughts on skin

1
The iceman is aged amber leather
an existing milieu of einkorn and ibex,
a lipped vessel of DNA

2
a monstrance of evolution:

the hands of priests, rabbis, imans

giocometti portraiture

3
nevus
iris nevus
ocular nevi

Red Deer punctuation - the ancestors had them

4
Kobo Daishi
drinking in the granary where he rests for the night
white milk wine,
stubbled chin
dribbled snore
or

5

90 degrees of purgatory
surface in airports

is it legal to burn in transit?

6

focus on the door
don't look at the beadle's hands
pushing your sister's bone back in













m a p

without you
working within and
one with field
to provide and teach

that many small

things (have lives)

none of this
would have been possible.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

book of the dead

1
cover
touched,
both wounds and sustains
2
size duodecimo, today referred to as 12 month
pocketable yearling
transportable
3
(front matter)
typologically variable
cursively signed
4
title page
scribbled
and struck through
subject to revision
often inscrutable
(there are exceptions)

It is easily overlooked.

5
table of contents
a prescription, an unruly outline
accompanied by
scholarship, incantations, prophecy, sacrament and
other rites of passage.
6
a list of illustrations
tipped-in, poorly pasted, even newsprint slipped here.
records are hierarchal.
images aren't always ascendent.

there is nothing to rely on.

7
preface
expectations for
8
acknowledgements
your identity
9
introduction
a self portrait or biopic
10
forested body
illusive

a wilderness of

11
an end to it, a shutting and placing
with other real things

committed to memory

12

a rectangular black box

filled with snow.







grief rectangle

the long vertical.
edges.
it's moving within,
constrained,
cage-like.











Saturday, January 28, 2017

i cried
i miss you
that's the truth of it
today her father
fell off the toilet
hit his head
died there on the floor

he was 95, slowly dozing away

in a moment of privacy, found swift
and took it





Friday, January 20, 2017

Occasions of hatred are certainly never settled by hatred. They are settled by freedom from hatred.
1.5 dhammapada


Monday, January 16, 2017

This morning's ice had dangerous clarity.
I took iron to it, and salt.

It's cold raining now.
The drops from the post office eaves plash deeply, dig upward.

Concentric circles radiate lines of light.

The reflected kitchen chair is the darkest thing out there.


life change 
vastness 
possible 
alone
solitude 
loneliness
stillness 

outside


 to feel that

Sunday, January 15, 2017

waning gibbous

Eightfold!
At seventeen degrees
a Fourth one
sees

igneous.


- 20.273 Dhammapada


Friday, January 13, 2017

ten degrees, full moon

guard against unruliness
lead weight you eat
with every recycled anger
or obsession

lessen.

live.

17.232. Dhammapada


Monday, January 9, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

n e w w o r d o r d e r

I dedicate this poem to linguistic typologists and all students everywhere agonizing over unknown word order. 





Woman! People!
Start.
Again.

Nǚrén
rén
kāishǐ
zàicì


女人            

开始
再次


Owl! 
Well,
it's time 
yeoja namja dasi sijag 
여자             
남자            
다시 시작   

woman the man start up once again   

Josei 
o toko 
kaishi 
futatabi 

女性             
男                
開始             
再び 

Adam!                          Awareness!         

ka deen aa  dam ba  schla mak tay krar

Kadın        
adam        
başlamak         
tekrar


woman woman man starting again

ban ban fair  toe sa  a reesh       

bean
bean
fear
ag tosú
arís           

woman man begin.       Again.

Nǚrén

rén
kāishǐ
zàicì

女人

开始
再次


Owl!   Owl!   Owl!


g e n e v i e v e

J a n v i e r
G e n e v i e v e
T r o i s i è m e
q u a t r e  v i n g t  n e u f
c i n q  c e n t  d o u z e

the air
genevieve
above
the Seine

caught
them

as

you
sank

saints
do
too







Monday, January 2, 2017