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Monthly archive December, 2006

the problem of impartiality and reviewing

At the risk of getting nothing but negative reviews for the rest of my life I have to comment on the terrible state of reviewing….thinking of course, of the recent slaughter of Nathalie Stephens in the Globe & Mail versus the glowing, gloss of a review such as the recent one of Paul Muldoon by...

Felix Reading Series, Madison Wisconsin

Ray Hsu, Hai, and Peter O’Leary…it was a long time coming, but I came home from that trip with a nasty, nasty virus that lasted several weeks. Go Badgers!

Big drama around the bird bath. The Robins do not like to share…and it seems like bathing is just a little erotic for them. Perhaps why they don’t like onlookers?

Drama at the bird bath…the Robins are nasty and won’t bathe with the sparrows. Bathing also seems to be a very erotic undertaking, perhaps why the sparrows aren’t invited?

Ah, Canada…here’s one tradition I can’t help but miss…the Queen’s annual Christmas address. Is the fact that I’m a good girl from the colonies why I loved The Queen, as well? Or is it that we’re just so starved for women in leadership roles? Even if they are tertiary? I had an Episcopalian Christmas Eve…very...

St. Peter’s, post Xmas Eve Service

Quote of the week

Dr. Cameron: Men should grow up. Dr. Gregory House: Yeah. And dogs should stop licking themselves. It’s not gonna happen.javascript:void(0)

Quote of the week

A woman in her living has many things inside her…

random fiction notes, part 1

Photo: NY Times Nadine Gordimer: I have been remiss on this recent biography, though biographies are notoriously, well, strained (I’m trying to think of a good one). Clearly there is much more to this particular bio and the young Ronald Suresh Roberts must have had a difficult time in many respects…On the other hand it...

Lyn Hejinian, from Happily

Constantly I write this happily Hazards that hope may break open my lips What I feel is taking place, a large context, long yielding, and to doubt it would be a crime against it I sense that in stating “this is happening” Waiting for us? It has existence in fact without that We came when...

Xmas MLA troll…I don’t know…but I’m sure they aren’t all this cute.

I’m it…

Tagged by the poetry meme and ET. Though as usual, I’m not sure I did it right… The first “real” poem I remember reading was…a poem by Margaret Atwood in The Circle Game, with the words “man-hating bitch” scrawled in the margins. I was forced to memorize numerous poems in school and…Nope, no one ever...

my favorite park…

Storm damage right where my sister’s memorial bench was to be placed on February 14th, 2007. And another storm coming…

more musing on the idea of blog

I said in an earlier post that I think one of the downsides of blogs and blogging in general is it seems that we pay less attention to actual books. I still think that’s true…as Noah Eli Gordon suggested recently at Kelly Writers House, the danger of blogs etc., is that we get caught up...

Came across Eyemazing, a photography magazine with an extremely lame title, but gorgeous production values and really quirky selections. Antony Crossfield for example…check out his “Foreign Body” series…and Aline Smithson does what many female photographers apparently do, photograph their feet in a variety of settings…

as applies to the end of term feeling…

from The Character, Beacon Press, Boston 1999Jena Osman In waking up she decides that blowing on the wrist does not help a person. Then turns off the clock. Whatever the time might seem to be she realizes that she is in it because of exhaustion cross-barring the sound of somone reading to him or herself....

This from CA Conrad. My mother saw an albino deer in the mountains recently. None of the men believed her until one of them caught a glimpse of it while fishing. “Then of course they believed me because a man saw it too. FUCKING MEN! I can’t believe you’re gay, how can you stand it?...

How to end?

Currently musing over how to end. With a bang? With a delete all? Abandon ship? Winnow the entries down? Leave a storefront? Gender and blogging is still a major issue and that makes me want to at least leave some of the discussions up. On the other hand after nearly two years of blogging I...

Overheard quote of the week

The poetry world eats its own…

Of concern

All manner of street-fightingturf at the edgesyour feet danglingdown between the toes Soft is the wished forwhat we imagine we are But soft is the seamthe butt end of thingsprodding middle, battlethe ground laid waste Past is the assumption ofwho we think we are Elsewhere is the diamondmine, who we wearon our finger, hangaround our...

or lack thereof…counting down the days till blog ends

Sunday, December 10, 2006 ENTHUSIASM I clapped until little drops of bloodjumped out of my finger. My life is not large-scale—but intense. fr. Mairead Byrne’s heaven with thanksmaireadbyrne.blogspot.com

Feel the need to give?

Here’s one that I am going to contribute to. Thanks to Amy King for this information: Dear Friends: As you know, I am the Director of Homeless Youth Services at Metropolitan Community Church. We operate Sylvia’s Place, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth. Young people come to us in a variety of painful situations –...

Laura Sims

WINTER IN YOU Have I seen such a tower Her fleshy, spectacular hand Would the dogs not find A tower of ash when the hearth wound down What it costs to put winter in you! Her nails cleanly sculpted, bare And the autumn? One buys tires for life Ablaze— Then her hair falls down Her...

National Day of Mourning

The statistics for violence against women remain alarmingly high, and December 6th remains a highly charged day for me, and many women, particularly in Canada. I can’t be in a classroom without knowing where the door is and how to get out–for me it was never a given that I should have access, and even...