Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011




This had fallen through the letter box & was waiting on the mat. That's four days to travel all the way from San Francisco. Impressive.

Eleven new poems by LJ.

& they're impressive, too.
day twenty six ...





distaught

Friday, April 22, 2011

Day twenty-two ...



dsiguise


(found pwoermd
in 'Through the Looking-Glass',
Collected Poems and Translations,
Veronica Forrest-Thomson,
line 5, page 221)

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sigend


(found pwoermd
in the colophon to
Some Other Kind of Mission,
Lisa Jarnot,
line 10, no page number)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Day seventeen ....


Three for Francis Ponge


objex

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objest

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objecstasy

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Today's (and yesterday's) trawl of the secondhand bookshops ...

White Teeth, Zadie Smith (recommended by Matt in Finland & the first chapter seems good)
Distance & Proximity, Thomas A. Clark
(an absolute gem - and contains the wonderful In Praise of Walking)
Veronica Forrest-Thomson and Language Poetry, Alison Mark (a surprising find)
The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker (going cheap & I've never read it - probably should have)
Media Studies: a reader, eds. Marris & Thornham
plus ... The Media Student's Book, eds. Branston & Stafford
(good ammunition for the new IB syllabus)
Day thirteen ...




p/ohm


Monday, April 11, 2011

Day eleven ...

two for Warren Craghead






&


drawereward



This was waiting for me when I arrived yesterday. I notice it's in the same imprint as Ray Dipalma's The Ancient Use of Stone (which makes sense). Theoretical perspectives on visual and concrete poetry that I hadn't really considered. Better still, a great springboard for ideas and projects. I've ordered a volume of his poems, too.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Day seven & we're off to pastures new ... (does this one work for anyone out there?)



vengm

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Monday, April 04, 2011

... coming up with definitions of irony for students this morning. Here's one I discovered this evening: Belle and Sebastian play for one night in Brussels next Sunday. The day I travel to the U.K..
Day four:




'lossom

Sunday, April 03, 2011



Just back from a book signing by Ania Lemin. Her new volume Gaelle et Hector is about the love life of a cloud. A simple story with some deceptively simple illustrations. We talk about books and children (she teaches L. after school on a Friday afternoon) and the pleasures of papers, pens and pencils. She explains how she gets the children to use sharpened twigs and inks made out of berries and nuts. Music to my ears.

I wasn't aware of her other work but now see she's got a Blog at:

http://anialemin.com/dotclear2/

Worth a look. (She sings, too).
... in a bit of a quandary ... whether to follow the unfolding pwoermds or simply plough my own furrow & see what everyone came up with at the end?

On the one hand, the promiscuous swapping of creative juices (read someone's new find and it triggers one, two, three of your own). On the other, the jittery feeling of being anticipated (damn! he/she's done that one - or done it better!). Knowing all along that somewhere out there is that pwoermd waiting to come into being.

No doubt I'll take a peek now and again.


Day three.


whyspring

Friday, April 01, 2011

"NO ONE IS A POET UNLESS HE HAS FELT THE TEMPTATION TO DESTROY LANGUAGE OR CREATE ANOTHER ONE, UNLESS HE HAS EXPERIENCED THE FASCINATION OF NONMEANING AND THE NO LESS TERRIFYING FASCINATION OF MEANING THAT IS INEXPRESSIBLE" (Octavio Paz)

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Welcome to all pwoermdists! And here's today's effort ...


apri'll

It seems my crystal ball was not so grubby ... ... resisting the temptation to say "told you so".