My year in books – 

the statistical version  Mary Ellen Bartley: Untitled 36 (From the series Paperbacks) I set myself a goal of 75 books to read in 2016, just for fun – and because I had no idea how many books I would actually read in a year–now Goodreads can tell me the truth … I read 84 books in…

7 Artists On the Arctic

Listening to nature while waiting for answers from Paris – Evgenia Arbugaeva: Tiksi (2013) … watch: 7 Artists On the Arctic … Guido van der Werve: Nummer Acht: Everything is going to be alright (2007) .   I turn yet again to Jan Zwicky Prelude There is, said Pythagoras, a sound the planet makes: a kind of music just outside…

Lament

Mourning for Paris – and for us all – I turn once again to Jan Zwicky, looking for hope in dark times  … Prelude There is, said Pythagoras, a sound the planet makes: a kind of music just outside our hearing, the proportion and the resonance of things – not the clang of theory or the…

The Geology of Norway:

I’m still reading Zwicky. There are no words to describe how heartbreakingly beautiful her poetry is, but here is an excerpt from The Geology of Norway, just to give you an idea – a sense of her voice: . The afternoon blue light in the fjord. Did I tell you I can understand the villagers? Being, I have…

On lyric poetry:

Thinking in love with coherence I have been spending my day reading Jan Zwicky. The following is an excerpt from an interview with Zwicky made by Jay Ruzesky in 2008. from “The Details: An Interview with Jan Zwicky”: … lyric poetry, interests me a lot. And if it’s OK to shift the focus a little, I can try…

Jan Zwicky

PRACTISING BACH  for performance with Bach’s E Major Partita for Solo Violin, BWV1006  Prelude There is, said Pythagoras, a sound the planet makes: a kind of music just outside our hearing, the proportion and the resonance of things – not the clang of theory or the wuthering of human speech, not even the bright song of…