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Saturday, January 31, 2015


Thanks to Molly Sutton Kiefer and Brett Elizabeth Jenkins of Tinderbox Poetry Journal for including my two poems, Alias and How It Would Be Different If We Had His Body, in with work from exciting poets such as Anna Leahy, Nicole Rollender, Michele Harman, Leslie, Shipman, Andrew Kozma, Pia Aliperti, and Barry Seiler, among others. Yay!

antique tinderboxes with folk wood carving
image borrowed from

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Blue Kimono: Anne Bryson

Anne Bryson, artist and friend from England, beautifully illustrated my poem "Kimono" (which originally appeared in Harpur Palate). See more of Anne's work at The Fountain Gallery. I'm always grateful for the response of readers to my work, but particularly when another artist responds I am honored. Yay for collaboration!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Topics I researched today for the poem I'm working on:

1) the properties of titanium;
2) whether Jesus spoke Aramaic or Hebrew:
3) pentagonal numbers (from Wikipedia; the number of distinct dots in a pattern of dots consisting of the outlines of regular pentagons with sides up to n dots, when the pentagons are overlaid so that they share one vertex).

Examples of Pentagonal Number

    Examples of  Pentagonal Number
There are 22 distinct dots in the given pentagonal figure. So, 22 is a pentagonal number (from

I love poetry!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Neat on thet Net: Word Nerd II

1) The Millions has compared US book covers to UK book covers, different editions of the same book. See which sensibility more closely matches yours. For example (US on the left, UK on the right):


2) Lapham's Quarterly has collected some marginalia penned by scribes and copyists in medieval manuscripts and colophons, including this gem: "New parchment, bad ink; I say nothing more."

3) For quite awhile, I was following the story of the unknown book sculptor leaving works of art anonymously in Scottish libraries, but I lost sight of the story. Today an update: the sculptor is now known by a selected few (not by the public, not by me) and has even been commissioned to do work. She's (gender has been revealed) interviewed by the BBC here.

Sculpture based on Tam O'Shanter

4) Finally, an interesting call for submissions from The Account for their "spe­cial Spring ’15 issue: 'Graphic Works/Graphic Nar­ra­tives.' We’re seek­ing graphic nar­ra­tives, illu­mi­nated man­u­scripts, rebuses, illus­tra­tions evoca­tive of sto­ries, and poems that inter­act with the page as a visual land­scape (such as con­crete poems, era­sures, and prose poems)."

They also "require work to be paired with an “account” (of 150–500 words) that describes the thought, influ­ences, and choices that make up your aes­thetic as it per­tains to the spe­cific work you send us."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Neat on the Net: Word Nerd Edition

I haven't done a Neat on the Net in over a year, but recently I've found a few interesting things for word-lovers.

1) The Found Poetry Review will be celebrating National Poetry Month 2015 with a challenge called Poetry Month Scouts, in which you can earn poetry merit badges by completing tasks in five poetic categories: remix, erasure, conceptual chance operations, and out and about. If you complete all the badges within the month of April, you'll even win a prize.

This looks like so much fun! Get more information and sign up here.  And, if you are like me and hesitate to sign up to submit all your work in early drafts so that it might be published as part of the project, the prompts and assignments will all be available at the site as of April 1, and you can play along unofficially. You can't win if you don't play, though.

2) English T-shirts in Japan are regularly hilarious, though I have to say, this was truer in the past. Apparently the same phenomenon is still pretty amusing in China. Eric Doise reports on the t-shirts he saw during his two years in China in the Peace Corps on his website. This video of a slideshow presentation (entitled "What English Language T-shirt from China Can Teach Us About Translation") not only provides funny examples, but also considers the nature of translation, semiotics, and the role of the design elements of the alphabet when the language is not used conventionally. For those of us who've puzzled over strange English, it's thought-provoking.

3) Haruki Murakami is going to do a personal advice column. Yes, it's true. It's like a dream come true.....

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Every Day Kimono

Thanks to Monica Sharman at Every Day Poems for featuring my poem 'Kimono,' originally published in Harpur Palate.

Photo by Aditya Rakhman, via Flickr.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Miriam's Well

Miriam Sagan at Miriam's Well covers a diverse range of interesting topics, such as how to make things out of mud (with Suzanne Vilmain), land art (with Nils Udo), and ruminations on the American diner (with John Leavitt).

Now she's graciously posted an interview with me. Thanks, Miriam!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Epic Mis-hearing

Someone referred to the book Dave, The Locust.

I guess I'm not as well-read as I thought, I thought.

And then, it came to me.........

Day of the Locust.