Saturday, February 5, 2011

In No Way Winces from Its Storms of Generosity

Last mention for this year of Blogroll Amnesty Day, saved for a Saturday, the slowest day of the week, at least in my hollow of Blegsylvania. Because I am incapable of abandoning thoughts about blogging when blogging is one of this blog's primary obsessions, I try blogging them on Saturdays because I love you: I try (but fail) to obsess only on the day you are most unlikely to read. You're welcome.

Did you know that one of the leading proponents and advocates of Blogroll Amnesty Day, who once blogrolled me, who I twice donated pocket change to, dropped me from her blogroll? I can't let that go, though it was two years ago, though at this point I wouldn't read her anyway if I was discovering her for the first time, that's how much my politics have moved. And then there's the guy who... well, never mind.

Here's blogroll (and blogging) truth, at least in my experience: they are merit badges of respect amongst like and Kind readers, not tickets to readership. It's rare I get a ping off someone's blogroll, I've other blogs on my blogroll that never get pinged from the blogroll. This isn't complaint, it's an observation: I use my blogroll as my bookmarks, others made their blogroll the day they created their blogs and haven't weeded or added since. Acts of unKindness are rare too; even I don't give so much of a shit that I'll remove you for a heresy.

I'm sorry, that was unKind. Plus I'm almost out of archived gifs (I can't find the Dole bananaman!). Again, if you are being Kind to me and me not you, please let me know. There are new additions to blogrolls left and right. I solicit suggestions for new toys for my eyes and and ears and brain. I'm not hopeful this post takes care of this gah until next year's Blogroll Amnesty Day, but I need more than one reminder a year to post whatever the fuck I want. I'm small this way.

And while I'm deeply aware that Kind is as much a cane to bludgeon you with as meanness, thanks very much for taking your beating.


A.R. Ammons

When you consider the radiance, that it does not withhold
itself but pours its abundance without selection into every
nook and cranny not overhung or hidden; when you consider

that birds' bones make no awful noise against the light but
lie low in the light as in a high testimony; when you consider
the radiance, that it will look into the guiltiest

swervings of the weaving heart and bear itself upon them,
not flinching into disguise or darkening; when you consider
the abundance of such resource as illuminates the glow-blue

bodies and gold-skeined wings of flies swarming the dumped
guts of a natural slaughter or the coil of shit and in no
way winces from its storms of generosity; when you consider

that air or vacuum, snow or shale, squid or wolf, rose or lichen,
each is accepted into as much light as it will take, then
the heart moves roomier, the man stands and looks about, the

leaf does not increase itself above the grass, and the dark
work of the deepest cells is of a tune with May bushes
and fear lit by the breadth of such calmly turns to praise.


  1. A thousand points of light!

    Herbie Walker was right.

  2. Herbie Walker?

    Allusion flies over my head! You're removed from the blogroll!

  3. POTUS 41.

    "Herbert Walker" instead of "Walker" for a middle name(s).

    Forgive me, Father. It's been aeons since my last confession!

  4. ...and I'm referring to the Cosmos image, which looks like Bush41's famous catchphrase.

  5. He means Marjoram Marcher. Actually, wasn't that Peggy "Parsley" Noonan?

  6. You're much too kind, so much so that this kind can only be Kind™, you corporate plant, you.

  7. I'm pretty sure I get a solid proportion of blogroll hits at my place.

  8. Are you saying you get most hits-in off blogrolls or most of the sites on your blogroll get hit-out?

    I should have been clearer (but thought I'd sung enough). I get hits off blogrolls from the proprietor who uses them like I do as bookmarks and from regulars who are working the circuit.

    I try (but not hard enough) to ping sites I'm not familiar with on trusted blogrolls to see if there's something interesting there. I've found more than a couple off your roll for instance. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think I'm more the exception than the rule. Time is short and blogs are silly - people stick with brands they trust.

    This isn't (much) complaint but observation, plus I admit I'm completely fascinated by this stuff.

  9. And while I'm deeply aware that Kind is as much a cane to bludgeon you with as meanness, thanks very much for taking your beating.


  10. I'm curious why you got dropped off a blogroll. Did you ever get a reason? Did she give the money back after she dropped you off her blogroll?

  11. I didn't ask. I assume it's because she decided she didn't like this shitty blog. She didn't offer the $$$ back.

    I'm the small one here, that I keep scratching the irony. As I say, I find this shit fascinating.

  12. I'm wondering if you were dropped from the same blogroll I was dropped from. But, just want to say thanks for blogrolling me. If it were not for your reading my blog and people stopping by to see the pictures I stole, no one would ever stop by. Perhaps, I should write more....

    Love the bananaman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Late responding. I get hits-in. I think more than would be accounted for than just use as bookmarks, but my readership (ha!) is small enough that it's hard to tell. I don't know how to tell if I get hits-out.