Wednesday, September 7, 2011

One Morning after a Storm.... So Poetry Configures Its Comparisons

I time-stamped the second I read about what I thought would be the next big media shitstorm - I though, think how happy the suits at Fox and CNN will be - because, regardless of any facts released since or in the future, everyone (including you, me) would hysterically and luxuriously default to his or her current moral/political zeitgeist's interpretation reflexively, in my case the arch self-congratulatory and self-deprecating self-rebuking of a recent apostate.

As of seven this morning, it's buried on the Post's front webpage, doesn't appear at all on the NYT's front webpage, and none of the mouth-breathers at the Corner have started woofing, so maybe I'm wrong about everyone but me. On the other hand, I was going to write more about Maryland's uniform in general and my willfully incoherent aesthetic of uniforms in lengthy particular (plus more Harkin v Obama nonsense), so lucky you, consider yourself spared. Look! I did it again!

Julianna Barwick & Ikue Mori - Rejoinder from RVNG Intl. on Vimeo.


Albert Goldbarth

The drizzle-slicked cobblestone alleys 
of some city; 
                      and the brickwork back 
of the lumbering Galapagos tortoise 
they'd set me astride, at the "petting zoo"....

The taste of our squabble still in my mouth 
the next day; 
                      and the brackish puddles sectioning 
the street one morning after a storm....

So poetry configures its comparisons. 

My wife and I have been arguing; now 
I'm telling her a childhood reminiscence, 
stroking her back, her naked back that was 
the particles in the heart of a star and will be 
again, and is hers, and is like nothing 
else, and is like the components of everything.

Julianna Barwick & Ikue Mori - Dream Sequence from RVNG Intl. on Vimeo.


  1. Is there anything wrong with the term, "Opologists"?

    It's short, to the point, and pisses them off.

  2. Nothing wrong at all. My fingers have been typing obamapologist for two years is all as the fraternal twin of obamapostate.

  3. P.S. Has it been raining in D.C. as much as it has here? (Here = Berkeley Springs, W.V.)

    Solid rain (even extremely heavy rain) since Saturday evening, except for a brief patch Monday A.M.

  4. Yup, though not as much as the bobryans predicted.

  5. If throwball existed in the late middle ages, that's what the uniforms would look like.

    Bullet sprees are so passe.

  6. for what it's worth, I like the new MD unis too... but then I like the flag (I think it's the only state flag with any character whatsoever); others seem not to

  7. I'll pay attention to the Booker when it pays attention to you.

  8. Safe bet for many reasons, most pertaining to I figured out I'm a bad poet not a bad novelist, but most crucially, I'm not a British citizen or a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

  9. Well, fuck the fuck out of those fucking imperialist fuckers.