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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Fall lyrics

 "All that's left of coherence." --Robert Creeley 

Love pill--

don't take

if allergic!

to love



you can always add more 

you can't 

add less


Two copies of a book--

one to mark up

one to keep pristine 


My disheveled 


and other 



There are the waterfowl

the seafowl and shore-- 

but what of the treefowl?

the barnfowl, the 

street and porchfowl? 


To November

You come in with pumpkin and spice and exit with vulgar gestures, chintzy decor. 

Though of the usual length, you seem oddly foreshortened, your body twisted and slouched. 

(Your name means ninth, yet you are eleventh in command!) 

What good are you? leading to even worse times...  

Unlike April, May, or June, you won't make a pretty name for a young girl. 


Odd numbered page

always on the right

flipped to its companion page 

even side it will never see 



triviality, banality, 


and other stupidly

 abstract words 

Monday, November 27, 2023

To November

You come in with pumpkin and spice and exit with vulgar gestures, chintzy decor. 

Though of the usual length, you seem oddly foreshortened, your body twisted and slouched. 

(Your name means ninth, yet you are eleventh in command!) 

What good are you? leading to even worse times...  

Unlike April, May, or June, you won't make a pretty name for a young girl. 

Friday, November 17, 2023

The virtual English department

 We could have several groups of robots:

One group would write poems.

The second would write critical analyses of these poems.  

A third would grade these analyses, and also be programmed to write more sophisticated research articles on the poems. 

Some of the third group of robots would edit the journals in which these research articles were published. The whole process of refereeing the articles would also be robotic.  

This would be the virtual English department. It would hum along perfectly, until a non-robot form of intelligence came around and asked, "What is it all for?"  

Dream of jamming inside / outside

 There was music playing from my apartment and someone outside, a young black man, was jamming along with it with his voice, in a humorous way. I went inside and another young Asian man followed me in and was doing something similar. It was an avant-garde vinyl album but when we looked it said Stan Getz.  I was trying to get dressed and was looking for socks in my sock drawer. The black guy was there too. I thought it unusual that people would follow me in, but I felt good about it. My clock radio was actually playing for part of this dream, at very low volume, and later after it had stopped there was some country music playing from outside, faint at first but later louder; perhaps these music sources were processed into my dream.   

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Dream of Dense Paragraph of Prose


When I woke up my mind--maybe my body--felt like a dense paragraph of prose, with very small print. 

Saturday, November 11, 2023

2 piano dreams


Night before last: I was at a jazz piano camp, but I realized nobody had played piano yet (after a few days). I sat down to play "Bemsha Swing" but someone shushed me.  


Last night: there was a piano keyboard installed in a complicated wooden structure, with the shape of a tall china cabinet. This structure was designed to increase the resonance. If you tapped on the wood it would be like a drum. Someone was demonstrating it by talking about the wood (not playing the piano).  I got up and started tapping the wood and commenting on its density (or lack of density; it seemed very light). 

I tried to play a few notes on the keyboard, but I didn't note any particular resonance. Then I hung around for a while, ending up offering to give ride homes to two other people who lived nearby.  The dream morphed into something else. 

Thursday, November 9, 2023

[untitled original]

 I find words scrawled in the back, blank pages of my books

(no longer blank then, but you know what I mean) 

my own writing from years back, incalculable 

and meaningless, now, numbers and words 

amounting to little, I think 

but it's what's noticed, now 

I still do this, writing notes to future selves 

that may or may not be well received  

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Early Work

302. Early Work. Alice Notley (2023). Here is a delightful collection of the early books and uncollected poems of Alice N, one of my favorite poets. What I like about it is that she uses New York school poetry techniques to talk about her own experience as a person. She never hides behind a style not her own, but uses certain features of that style (or set of styles) for her own ends. For example, she refers to Denby's sonnets. Now those sonnets by a man 42 years older than her are nothing like her own, but she read them in order to get where she is. The same with her influence from her husband Ted Berrigan, or Berrigan's model, Frank O'Hara. When she was writing, she says that nobody had written this kind of poem before, and she is correct. She says nobody had written about pregnancy and childbirth before 1972, and she might be correct. The NY school poets were mostly gay men, like Denby or O'Hara, or men of the other persuasion who were their disciples. Look at this cool cover art. 


Poem with surprise ending

 There was a woman named Susan

but I wasn't in love with her and that was not her name 

Day dream of ruining mathematics

 I dreamed of ruining math 

(more of a day dream, really) 

by saying 1 is a number 

all numbers are divisible by it 

so prime numbers shouldn't be a thing 

Monday, November 6, 2023


 A post by someone on the Thelonious Monk society page triggered a memory in me. I was obsessed by jazz, through a kind of accident, and didn't have money from my allowance to buy records. I would listen to a station called "The music of your life," a radio thing back then geared toward WWII swing era people (who were alive back then in the early 70s, etc...).  Once in a while, amid all the kind of crappy sentimental stuff, they would stick in some genuine swing or some actual jazz, like maybe an Art Tatum.

What this gave me, also, was an understanding of the songs, because I could hear them sung in overly sweet arrangements, but I would still learn the melody and words to the songs of that period. 

Anyway, another way was to go a library and listen to a record using headphones. I listened to a Monk album of solo piano, with a super hesitant feel in the rubato passages. I was puzzled and fascinated at the same time. One of the records I did buy was called Solo Monk, where he uses that style. 

Monk played many of those old-time tunes that were also on that "Music of Your Life" station.  

(Anyway, the post in in TM society Facebook was about someone who didn't know jazz and was staying at someone's house and just listened to Monk without any prejudices and fell in love with the music.)

Curiosity or obsession?

 I used to think the driving force behind my success was curiosity. Now I realized it is obsession.

In other words, curiosity--narrowly channeled. 

Dream of proposition

 A woman I had once known and been attracted to was here in town. I was showing her some articles that could have been of mutual interest, about a poet we had both worked on. I went back to the first classroom where I had left my keys in the overcoat, then went to my office. She came there and I asked her how long she was going to be in town. "Only a few more hours." Then she said if I knocked on her door before she left, "I can satisfy you completely." Then we had a conversation about how a proposition like that could be written off as a joke. I wasn't going to take her up on this. 

Clearly the wording of the proposition was wholly my own, since it was my dream.