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Friday, March 25, 2005


Sneaky Mr. Octopus runs around on two legs while pretending to be shrub. Or the underwater equivalent thereof. We're on to you, Mr. Octopus!

Here's an accompanying and explanatory news article.

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Shanna's all new and lovely, and everybody's running off to AWP. I'm running off to C-Ville. Have oodles of interviews scheduled for the next month; I am in serious lawyer-schmoozing mode. Haven't written anything in at least a month. But this will soon end. NaPoWriMo kicks off in a week! I have one taker thus far on my challenge. Will you be the next brave soul to write a poem a day for the month of April? Let me know . . .

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005


For all you chaotic-neutral dorks out there, a useful trinket.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005


Sloths in a box!

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Monday, March 21, 2005


Went to Frequency yesterday to hear Jim Behrle and Justin Lacour. Jeff Paris was also supposed to be there, but was not. Alack.

Listened to Jimmy read some poems I recognized from his blog. This was nice; I rarely have read the poems a poet reads before hearing them out loud; it gave everything an added resonance, and good also to hear Jimmy read them because he gives emphasis to things, and even sings a line or two and is not burdened by "scared-little-poet voice" in any way. A little like my experience at Kasey Mohammad's reading last week -- something that's disorienting on the page often makes more sense, initially, when heard out loud -- but I've not found Jimmy's poems-on-the-page terribly frustrating, he's just the cool king of juxtapositions, and it was good to hear them aloud.

Then, Justin Lacour, who like everyone on earth, met Shafer at a party like 1000 years ago or something, and then again last week, and now he's doing a reading. He's also editor of the new online magazine "Kulture Vulture. Here's one of his poems. Am I wrong to call it Ashberyish? This is not a bad thing . . . and was the feeling I got while I was listening to it, too: a little numinous, dreamy, with sudden sharp details, gentle humor, poetry that kind of floats you along on its sounds and images, and by its lack of care for perfect narrative order, lets you stop caring, too.

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Apparently, some sort of tribal poet stick has been passed my way. I feel all Robert Bly! Anyway, here are the questions, and my smartass answers.

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

The Big Flame Resistant Book of Firefighting. In the alternative, Shane. I deeply resented having to read that book in the seventh grade, with the sort of overblown sense of injustice only a thirteen-year-old girl can have. Even today, I wouldn't mind a Shane bonfire. I'm a fascist that way.

UPDATE: It's been brought to my attention that in Fahrenheit 451, which I last read about the same time I read Shane, and thus have little recollection of, having been entirely hormone-addled at the time, "being" a book is equivalent to memorizing it for preservation purposes, so if I had to be rather than burn one, I'd be The Master and Margarita.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

So many that to list them all would take a book that would be larger than all the books in which the characters actually appear, all put together. Try that one on for size.

The last book you bought is:

Jane, by Maggie Nelson

The last book you read:

Persepolis 2, by Marjane Satrapi.

What are you currently reading?

The New York Review of Books and Pedro Paramo, the latter for the umpteenth time.

Five books you would take to a deserted island:

The Big Waterproof Book of Escaping from a Deserted Island (With Illustrations)
The Master and Margarita
My "Everything Pushkin ever wrote" book
The copy of Don Quijote that Shanna left behind
Pedro Paramo

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?

Wow, are there any people left who haven't done this thingy?




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