Friday, March 24

Of the dry grasses.

Of the denaturing blaze.

The trans- to all my inactions
or the trance of conflagration?

One never knows which.

The ventricles do open
and shut with such vengeance.

Emily Wilson, "Radical Field"

for night.

                What urgency are the ruins
at Arromanches, those slow-molded, half-

submergible moons and the combs
of tidal verdigris you are come to.

Emily Wilson, "Via Dolorosa"

Saturday, March 18

where to England rous'd

ignorant, her inane
Midas-like hunger: smoke
engrossed, cloud-cumbered,

a spectral people
raking among the ash;
its freedom a lost haul
of entailed riches.

Geoffrey Hill, "Dark Land"

Sunday, February 19


Lekman's romanticism and indeed sexuality have always had a lot of agape in it, hinting at social consciousness only insofar as agape is social consciousness's engine and embodiment. I believe that's because he's Swedish. Be grateful there's still a nation where a fellow can preach an ostensibly apolitical humanism with a clear conscience.

Robert Christgau, "Expert Witness with Robert Christgau"

Saturday, January 21

notes on 'cantilena' by john peck

cantilena mus
The plain-song or canto-fermo in old church music; the melody or `air' in any composition, now usually the highest part.
A ballad

Chiefly pl. An arrangement of sloping boards, laths or slips of glass overlapping each other, so as to admit air, but exclude rain. Originally, such a contrivance as used to close the apertures of a `louvre' (sense 1). Cf. louvre-board in 5. Also used for other purposes, e.g. to deflect air issuing from an opening or to prevent the direct passage of light through it. Used in sing. in same sense; also, an individual slat or strip of such an arrangement.

An oppressively hot and blighting wind, blowing from the north coast of Africa over the Mediterranean and affecting parts of Southern Europe (where it is also moist and depressing). Usually with the.
fig. A blighting influence; a fiery storm.

To chew; now esp. to chew roughly, to champ; or to chew without swallowing

A going down; a military retreat, in allusion to that of the ten thousand Greeks under Xenophon, related by him in his Anabasis.

Monday, January 9

And in those features shuckings of the seals,

With love light-sundered gone for the dark to grow kind.

John Peck, "Tombeau for Vernon Watkins"

Friday, January 6

In your garbage rose the rulers of the restless

Run the Jewels, "Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)"

Thursday, November 17

I worried about rain and I worried about lightning

But I watched them off, to the light of the morning
Marking the slope, slung low in the highlands

Bon Iver, "00000 Million"