Thursday, January 28, 2010

amor fati (2009)

begin anywhere

working backwards from
this low
(for example)

(no matter how dumped
you ...)

(how misty
you ...)

some through-thought will arrive

a shuttle/shifter, e.g.:

‘let’s go somewhere
crowded, I feel
like a lot of people


drop through the city

nearing completion

‘nothing I would
or would not change’

in this weave/fabric

Below: 'Fate of Zero'; computer-graphical study by Georg-Johan Lay (click image to enlarge).

Review: 'Dead End Road' by Richard Wink

My review of Richard Wink's collection Dead End Road is now online over at Sein und Werden.

This is the first poetry collection I've reviewed for a journal, and I hope to do more of this kind of thing in the future.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

happiness or art

"The modest domestic circumstances of Tolstoy, the lack of comfort in Rodin's rooms - it all points to the same thing: that one must make up one's mind: either this or that. Either happiness or art. On doit trouver le bonheur dans son art [one must find happiness in one's art]: that too, more or less, is what Rodin said. And it is all so clear, so clear. The great artists have all let their lives become overgrown like an old path and have borne everything in their art. Their lives have become atrophied, like an organ they no longer use."

- Rainer Maria Rilke, in a letter to Clara Rilke, Sept 5, 1902.

Image: Modersohn-Becker's portrait of Rainer Maria Rilke.

Monday, January 04, 2010

impair (2010)

this head
---of shitty lyrics

will never believe
---the sky again

this deadhouse
---is vorpal

words frag up,
---walls fuzz

luck = picking up
---a discard

snorting failure
---through $5 bill

how to edge
---lost & safe?

this entertainment
---not it

clair (2009)

the eye that sees clearly
is closed

not dutifully
scanning the news

leaving open-eyed sleep
to the fish

on a sunday slow
with patience

forgetting the freezeframe
dream or wish

loving the birds’
illiterate flight

this barefoot

these tiny

girl with abstract hair (2009)

sitting purple/pink
__the girl with the abstract hair
prepped for the brushoff

___she drags the sentence
____through his teeth

‘don’t get salty about it’

___‘who’s the friend with benefits?’

_______-she opting not to compute

_________(desire her all you like,)