Six Ways to Contact Brenda Iijima
1. call her
2. lay out on her stoop
3. groan to the universe
4. howls work pretty well
5. if there is an animal in a garden, attach your .pdf it
6. specific or unspecific rocks
A compendium of the best & most starling-based & starling-related observational humor.
1. call her
I was attempting to construct a meaning by empirical statements, by imagist statements...
I had in mind specifically the meaning to the mathematician -- a series of empirically true terms.
--George Oppen on Objectivist poetics
If you see him everywhere or exactly nowhere, he becomes as it were the circumference of a circle that has no point but the boundary of your desire. Coming to a point.
And the human witness of this passion is rightly stunned by the incongruity of it. Lifting a human being into a metaphor.
All that we do in bed, or sleep, or sex is limited by this circle which can only be personally defined.
On the outside of it is what everybody talks about. On the outside of it are the dead that try to talk.
Once you try to embrace an absolute geometric circle the naked loss stays with you like a picture echoing.
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Nicola, from Verona
the tiny #3 features work by Andrea Baker, Ellen Baxt, Edmund Berrigan, Mark Bibbins, Daniel Borzutzky, Kristy Bowen, Joseph Bradshaw, John Coletti, Rachel Conrad, Crystal Curry, Michelle Detorie, Julia Drescher, Will Edmiston, Bonnie Emerick, Betsy Fagin, Paul Fattaruso, Peter Gizzi, Scott Glassman, Sarah Goldstein, Garth Graeper & Jason Sheridan, Eryn Green, Kristen Hanlon, Mike Hauser, Anthony Hawley, Anne Heide, Brenda Iijima, Greg Koehler, Rodney Koeneke, Michael Koshkin, Tim Lantz & Mark Yakich, Lauren Levin, Jill Magi, C.J. Martin, Joseph Massey, Kristi Maxwell, Ange Mlinko, Michael Montlack, Marci Nelligan, Nick Piombino, Billy Ramsell, F. Daniel Rzicznek, Brandon Shimoda, Logan Ryan Smith, Maggie Smith, Chad Sweeney, Derek White, Dustin Williamson, and Devon Wootten, with cover art by Andrew Mister.
I get back to Lincoln today. I hope my apartment did not flood this time.
The Desire for Sensationalism in Literary CultureBy Barbara Guest
How exciting to sit down.
Sensationalism! How exciting to stir the grains into a bowl of dusty poetry! To light a fire under it: to burrow new chairs to sit by its side!
To calm its sensa
tionalistic nerves! To read the Philosopher Kant! here is a gram of mustard. Here is the muscular salt. Here is a silver spoon with a coat of arms, as in the Revolution! To live during a poetic
LET US OPEN THE SENSATIONAL POETIC JOURNAL. LET US TRY TO BE MORE POETIC AND HAVE OUR PICTURE TAKEN WHILE WRITING LIKE RILKE, and others.
This Tate poem is so painful sometimes. At other times it makes me laugh. Or jam, raspberry jam. The kind of jam you want to eat up all in a weekend & simultaneously you want to never eat so that you don't run out.
Language was almost impossible in those days
as we know it now and then.
When you tell me about your operation
I hear you, but I don't hear you.
Wind gathers behind a barn:
torches are lit, men whisper.
One wears a hat and is very serious
about the war in his bedroom.
"Does it seem like I am sleeping all the time?"
Ask me another question.
Look Ma, I found something beautiful today
out in the forest, it's still alive ...