Burden of Proof
Rain makes events
When you travel
Situationally you are further
or are Occam’s Razor
The assumption that makes the most sense
at the time
Accounting for a variation of time
When what suits you changes
Avoidance a poor technique
For something to continue living
The consequences of decision
It isn’t me or you
It is an impatient personification
of the letters before us
Just a simple orange scarf
or passive aggressive emails
Gifts you have no memory of receiving
A song the man can’t help but sing
outside the train
Or French women who stand unknowingly
The cliche spectacle
of the rain
I’m reading this Friday at the Issyra Gallery in Hoboken at 7pm with Russell Dillon and Matthew David Campbell. It’s always great to read Jersey side. Facebook link here. Come say hi.
Otherwise, here we are. 2016.
I am reading this Friday for Bloof Books as part of the Philalalia Book Fair. If you happen to be in or around Philly, come say hi.
Otherwise, things around here have been quiet. It’s that feeling of not knowing what is supposed to come next. It’s that feeling of needing to keep moving forward anyway.
Oh, but I have been reading Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitian Novels. I just started the fourth and final book in the series yesterday. I am sort of obsessed. In a way it reminds me of when I read Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, the way it felt like a fever as I moved through the book, transposing my existence with the text, uncertain which one was more real.
How isolated the woman’s mind is, how it is so hard to remember to pay attention to one another, to alleviate each others’ inherent loneliness. As I get older I am ever more grateful for the women in my life. I don’t know who I would be without them.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated here. I don’t know why. It feels like I’ve had nothing but time, just a giant empty nothingness of time. I guess that’s why I haven’t updated…but things have happened! I read at Popsickle at the end of June and again at the Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island in July, which is always a fun time.
I keep busy, publishing Songs of the Week, etc. Things happen. Time passes.
And yet, the summer doldrums.
Short notice here, but I am reading at Molasses Books tonight with Joshua Ware, Jeff Alessandrelli, Trey Moody, and Amy Lawless. Big thanks to Jeff for asking me to read. Information for the reading can be found here. The reading starts around 7.30pm. Then I have to hightail it out of there to make it in time for the Heartless Bastards show at Webster Hall. Busy night.
Also, this Saturday I am reading at Popsickle. Facebook invite here. I’m reading at around 5pm.
I think that’s it for now!
I don’t always find things on the internet anymore that really bowl me over. It’s hard to remain sensitive to all the content out there when I sit here day in and day out and (un)consciously absorb a great deal of it, both interesting and not. But I think the stop motion animated short Head Over Heels is worthy of a pause. It’s a beautiful and metaphorical depiction of a marriage and, to me, shows how we can still just go on living singularly even while co-habituating. And I think it makes the point that while it may be sometimes functional to do so that couples must find ways (and comprises) to continue making connections. Anyway, watch it here. So tender.
Also, I have a poem in the latest issue of Cross Review. You can read it here.