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Thursday, February 15, 2007

  • Yesterday I finished a poem for the first time since June of last year. No, you can’t see it, because it’s a Valentine’s poem for my sweetie, but my services are available. Still, for the first time in a long time, I feel like I can write, and that’s a good thing. I’ve got a long weekend coming up, so I’m going to try for a new Weekly Sonnet (your suggestions welcome).

  • My sweetie’s band, Baker’s Boys (and I’m one of ’em), along with The Bootleggers and the 25th Hour Band, is playing on the 24th at the Newtowne Player's Three Notch Theatre in Patuxent River MD for a Breast Cancer benefit. Y’all come!

  • The next day, and on the last Sunday of every month thereafter, I’m going to be hosting open poetry readings at Fenwick Books in Leonardtown, Maryland. Y’all come again!

  • Yesterday Slate ran a piece by Robert Pinsky offering selection of “Great Poems about Sex” for Valentine’s day. Pretty hot stuff, actually, especially Frost’s sonnet “Putting in the Seed.” His choice from Cavafy is pretty tame, though, especially compared to this … poem in a book I can’t find after looking for half an hour in the unheated attic through piles and boxes of my unpacked books. But look! It’s here! And that link to the English translation at the bottom actually takes you to the Greek. Whodathunkit?

  • Via the always excellent Arts & Letter Daily, The New Yorker this week has a pretty snarky piece from Dana Goodyear about Ruth Lilly’s $200,000,000(!) bequest to the Poetry Foundation. Along the way, she makes fun of the intientions and the poetry of the Foundation’s president, John Barr. Take a gander at some of hers, here and here. And personally, I think Michael Blowhard had it right when he said that writers and writing would be better off if their work was treated like the work of cooks. At least I think he said that, and I know W. H. Auden would have approved. BTW, there are celebrations of Auden’s hundredth birthday coming up. Info here.

  • One of my favorite internet reads is Pharyngula, where PZ Myers provides a wonderful mix of evo-devo and religious nut-watch (epecially where the nuttiness concerns Creationism and IDiocy (that’s Intelligent Design Idiocy). The latter means keeping watch on state school boards and legislatures, and today I found there a wonderful surprise from the Minnesota legislature. PZ's link is indirect: the chain runs through here and here.

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