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U2’s next album No Line on the Horizon is up on their Myspace page for free listening.

I’m not much of a U2 fan, I like the idea of U2 more than the actual band. But I suppose U2 is the greatest living band going.

(The Rolling Stones are the living dead FYI)

One of my favorite books is The Really Short Poems of A.R. Ammons. The glory of Ammons is how he takes a single moment and frames it, very much like haiku.


Birds are flowers flying
and flowers perched birds.

To see how much he accomplishes in the title and two lines is impressive. He also does comedic proverbs:

Lost and Found

Apostasy is such, if you doubt on,
You return by the road you set out on.

Sex Life

One failure on
Top of another

Brilliant. But despite the brevity he still operates with epiphany.


The whirlwind lifts
sand into itself to hide

holy spun emptiness or to
erect a tall announcement

where formed
emptiness is to be found.


When the bee lands the
morning glory bloom
dips some and weaves:
the coming true of
from weightless wing-held
seems at the touch

“Where formed/ emptiness is found” is perhaps the best definition of poetry ever offered. And from “Transfer” the whole poem builds to its final word and that word makes the whole poem work. Short poems can frame the words in a way that longer poems cannot. For the best use of the word “petulantly” see Robert Creeley’s The Gift.

From Shakespeare we learn that “brevity is the soul of wit” and Robert Southey improved upon this saying:  “It is with words as with sunbeams.  The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.” But they were both trumped by Dorothy Parker who said “Brevity is the soul of lingerie.”

Follow me on the Twittah

  • Youngest son's soccer team kicks more goals than the other team. Still loses. 1 week ago
  • Hey buddy, nice purse. Yeah I know it's a baby bjorn & that you're an amazing dad, but the thing is you'll never catch me in that thing. 1 week ago
  • To forestall my midlife crisis, my wife is allowing me to put a racers stripe on the mini van. 1 week ago
  • I don't care if you think I'm crude & sexist, if I see you with two large coffee mugs and you're my wife I'm going to say, "Hey, nice mugs." 1 week ago
  • My wife gets me sexy undies cause she likes me to dance for- oh here she is. She's shaking her head and laughing. Oh. 1 week ago

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