I DON’T LIKE HEARING that poetry is dying or dead –

I prefer the absurdity of writing poems to the absurdity of not writing poems… Possibilities I prefer movies. I prefer cats. I prefer the oaks along the Warta. I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky. I prefer myself liking people to myself loving mankind. I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case. I…

Some birds are people-watchers …

Reasons to Be Happy Tony Hoagland Some birds are people-watchers. The worms can hear us walking over them. The loaves and fishes multiplied the Christians. We were wrong about so many things. We thought the world was mute, or just disinterested, or dead. Yet the sunrise liked being looked at by sleepy cabdrivers. The billboard…

something always occurs

I’m still reading writers on writing. Here is quote from William Stafford: Every day I get up and look out the window, and something occurs to me, something always occurs to me. And if it doesn’t, I just lower my standards Why am I so interested in writers writings on writing? I suspect it to be…

The Nature of Erasure

All poetry is fragment: it is shaped by its breakages, at every turn. It is the very art of turnings, toward the white frame of the page, toward the unsung, toward the vacancy made visible, that wordlessness in which our words are couched. Heather McHugh One of the things which really fascinate me about erasure…