Alas! A gusty thunderstorm blew in this afternoon and laid my proud tomatoes low! Well, not completely low, but in a compromised position, as the storm forcibly removed several large branches, with attendant fruit, and left the plants in general all mixed up and squishy. I have righted them, separated them, removed their damaged limbs, and tied their remaining ones all along my balcony in an effort to prevent further mishaps. The detritus is featured below:
Alack, ye favored sons of summer! We hardly knew ye!
Undoubtedly, this surpasses even The Curious Incident of The Thing That Ate The Sunflowers in the pantheon of garden tragedies.
Been out of blogland for a bit. My cable modem was defunct, and now happily fixed. Huzzah for the internet.
But it's been fixed a few days. However, I've been seized by a desire to do nothing besides play Sim City. Odd, no?
Nevertheless, I will endeavor to rouse myself from my lazy couch, to bring you news of books, poems, and tomatoes.
As for books, I finished the NaPoChapBook, and am now contemplating the design for Volume 1 of the infinite series of "Villanelles are Retarded." Big Game might put out a call for manuscripts in about a month or so.
Reading Anselm Hollo's "with ruth in mind," and loving it. Dwarves, etc!
Best line from a news story yesterday: "Madonna has often cooperated with Swedes."
Cy Gist Press has released "My Spaceship." I will forego the space-based puns that I could use here to promote it, and instead will just tell you it rocks. It's even got a mention from Ron Silliman, although apparently I need to go back to the couplet drawing board. Alack.
Gina Myers and I are book-design cross-pollinators. (Use the power of the scroll!)
I'm taking a rest from Applies to Oranges while it is out visiting friends and editors, but have started working on a new project called "Lovely Osip." It is completely silly. Occasional drunken sailors and a pantoum that uses "fuck" a lot have also appeared.
Finally, in the land of tomatoes . . . I present:
This is the same tomato whose photo I posted three weeks ago. Mwa ha ha, says the tomato! Bow to my enormous girth! Meantime . . .
. . . some of the cherry tomatoes are beginning to ripen. Huzzah! . . .
Here are the plants that have produced the above fruits. Please bear in mind that I currently have eleven other tomato plants, two of which have begun to flower, and two hot pepper plants, which are also beginning to fruit.