A Halloween Poem : Presto : Rae Armantrout


Anna Nicole news

as she buries
her son.”


“What do you want
to be?”

Skeleton suits
and Superman outfits –

inappropriate touching
on drugstore racks.



Paris of flies

the old knot


Blonde wigs and
wizard caps.

“I want to go back!”

Invisible knot.

I want to be that!


A Halloween Poem : Hist Whist : E.E. Cummings

hist whist
little ghostthings

little twitchy
witches and tingling
hob-a-nob hob-a-nob

little hoppy happy
toad in tweeds
little itchy mousies

with scuttling
eyes rustle and run and

whisk look out for the old woman
with the wart on her nose
what she’ll do to yer
nobody knows

for she knows the devil ooch
the devil ouch
the devil
ach the great




Luxury Towels

For when you want to splurge. Some things are truly expensive, such as houses and cars and computers. Then there are things that are relatively expensive, such as a $4 coffee or a $115 dollar parking ticket. Then there are little luxury items that seem expensive, but, since they are not regular purchases and will last for years, we think are relatively cheap.

Good towels and sheets fall into this category. You use them every single day, you appreciate how nice they feel against your skin, and they only cost tens of dollars more than midpriced brands. It’s a no-brainer. Cut down on the lattes and really enjoy waking up and going to bed in your own home.

Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films

  1. Ordet
  2. The Son
  3. The Miracle Maker
  4. The Gospel of St. Matthew
  5. Diary of a Country Priest
  6. The Passion of Joan of Arc
  7. Decalogue
  8. Babette’s Feast
  9. A Man Escaped
  10. Andrei Rublev
  11. Au Hasard Balthasar
  12. The Seventh Seal
  13. Ikiru
  14. Winter Light
  15. The Mission
  16. The Apostle
  17. Trois Colours
  18. Jesus of Nazareth
  19. Jesus of Montreal
  20. Francesco Giullare di Dio
  21. Dead Man Walking
  22. Stalker
  23. Magnolia
  24. La Promesse
  25. Sunrise

[for the rest see MovieMail]

Many of these I haven’t seen, but quite a few are on my list. Glad to see a good selection of Kieslowski and Tarkovsky high up. Still working through Bergman’s catalogue, but what I’ve seen has impressed me, though  I rank The Virgin Spring over his Wild Strawberries. The Apostle along with Crimes & Misdemeanors and The Big Kahuna are bold choices but there’s still a lot of dross on this list: Dead Man Walking, Millions, Hotel Rwanda don’t strike me as weighty enough (but at least it isn’t Life of David Gale, Pay it Forward and Crash). I am happy to see that Magnolia broke into the top twenty five.  Yi Yi ranked at thirty is a good showing, for one of my all time favorites.  I would replace Dogville with Manderlay, myself. The most embarrassing choice is It’s A Wonderful Life. Blechk.

Leaving out Gattaca is unforgivable, and even The Truman Show should probably be on here too. Amadeus? Chariots of Fire? The Thin Red Line is far and away the best “spiritually significant” war movie, it’s a shame that it was left off, Days of Heaven too.

Poetry Magazine : October : 2009


I’m not much a Di Piero fan, but his New Endymion is spicy.

But here’s A.V. Christie : Atmosphere to cool you off.

Teresa Svoboda had a nice description from Glass of Water Encounter:

She dances only in her necklace,
scotch-lit surely. He touches his glasses.

Dean Young’s also with a nice line: “in a world made brief with flowers”

From A.E. Stallings’s Blackbird Etude:

here he signs the air
with his invisible staves,
“Trespassers beware”—

Craig Arnold’s Meditation on a Grapefruit, plus there are several more poems from Christian Wiman’s tribute to Craig Arnold.