"what do you hear when the phone rings? / a new ghost for bad dreams." Really enjoying "White Sheet" by Bellows this morning.
I am dying.
The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is CAPABLE of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension. …
AT ABOUT THIS POINT the weak-hearted reader usually sits down in the road, removes his shoes and weeps that he ‘is a bad linguist’ or that he or she can’t possibly learn all those languages.
One has to divide the readers who want to be experts from those who do not, and divide, as it were, those who want to see the world from those who merely want to know WHAT PART OF IT THEY LIVE IN.
When it comes to the question of poetry, a great many people don’t even want to know that their own country does not occupy ALL the available surface of the planet. The idea seems in some way to insult them."
Lorine Niedecker talks to Cid Corman about writing more poetry. Recorded at Niedecker’s home in November 1970, less than two months before her death.Played 0 times.
I never tire of this photograph of a young George Oppen, sailing. It was a good choice for the cover of his Selected Poems.
UC San Diego holds the literary papers of George Oppen (1908-1984), objectivist poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1969. Most of the materials date from the period 1958-1978. Included are manuscripts and typescripts for all the poems contained in Oppen’s nine published books. Also included are drafts and fragments of unpublished poems, typescripts of published and unpublished essays, transcripts of Oppen’s verse, and copies of reviews of Oppen’s work. Of special interest are loose leaf pages of notes, and Oppen’s personal daybooks, all of which help to reveal his thinking about diverse subjects. The largest part of the collection consists of correspondence to Oppen from family members, editors, poets and other writers, and admirers of his work.
Those shoes! Reznikoff was a inveterate walker of the city. Photograph of Charles Reznikoff taken by filmmaker Abraham Ravett in Reznikoff’s apartment in NYC, December 21, 1975.
Lorine Niedecker’s high school report card. I love that, apart from Physics, her worst grades were in ‘Domestic Science.’ She’s the best.
Here are 80 songs that I listened to and liked in August 2014. Five plus hours of music. Very few artists with more than one track on this list–more akin to the old school mix tapes I used to make. Some favorites from the month: classic Louis Prima (listened to a lot with Cedar boy), Timber Timbre, Arthur Russell, and Benjamin Booker. Enjoy![spotify…
Ground From Above - Terrão de Cima by Renato Stockler
"A ‘terrão’ (earthen field) is an oasis in the urban landscape. The reddish tone of a soccer field turns into a stage for resistance of popular soccer. These fields are increasingly rare to be seen because of property speculation and land occupation, and they standing as a spirit of resilience." - Renato Stockler
Moa and man. 1889.