Friday, March 25, 2005


Found these amazing sonnets by Jim Behrle at Changed my thinking about what a sonnet can be. Takes the old IP and spins it a new visual/aural way, with breath patterning things differently. At least, that's what I make of it.

Take a look. Think about it. Write me.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Geniality, pusillanimosity and the Internet

Well, I should check before I pass The Stick to make sure it sticks.

Apparently, two people I passed it to were sort of ineligible. See, I really am the last person online to hear about things. It's a distinction (since the ego craves distinction above all else, and will take what it can get). Kelli already had The Stick just a few days before, if only I had checked. And Carmi can't take any comments because he's had the journalist-plague: hate mail. I know how this feels, as I have received a few discussion board slams of a pusillanimous nature. I apply the adjective because I think attacking people online for their comments on, or posting of a poem betrays a cowardly nature. A kind of going home and kicking the dog spirit. Something's eating such a person, but they wormhole their anger through the time-space continuum and it warps out on your poem, or article, or comment on a poem.

In much the same way as do bad reviews seem to betray an agenda that started long before the book in question came around. Having served as target practice myself, I have a lot of sympathy for those who suffer these abuses. My feeling is that civil discourse begins at home. A larger view of such motives among people who slam, defame, harshly critique and otherwise abuse the general genialiality of Internet discussion forums, blogs and listservs only reinforce the fact that we are engaged in building community here. Those who don't honor that overall goal stick out like sore thumbs. Or, as the adjective implies, sore losers.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Stuck with The Stick -- Here, Catch!

Okay, I am clearly the last person who ever hears anything on the Internet. The other day I was passed The Stick. Here it is -- and watch out, it may be coming your way (scroll to the bottom to see if your name appears):

The Stick

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?
God Speaks

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Well, who wouldn't have on Mr. Darcy, given a female incarnation and any sort of education. Right after that came Dylan Thomas, who is sort of a fictional character of his own making, which was probably what got him.

The last book you bought is:
Patron Saint of Liars - Ann Patchett

The last book you read
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett (you see where I'm going with this?) +

What are you currently reading?

Autobiography of Alan Jay Lerner (I'm learning how to write musicals. Don't ask.)

Five books you would take to a deserted island:
1. My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. Wallace Stevens, Collected Poems
4. God Speaks
5. The Mathnawi - Rumi (yes, the whole thing -- you didn't specify # of volumes)

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?

Kelli Russell Agodon - for being poet pals and to find out what she's been reading
Carmi - see above
Paula Grenside - see above