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Friday, September 30, 2005

Can of Corn pom poms

I promise this blog will not become the cheer center for Ellipsis. Still, the more I float around and look at what they are doing the more excited I get. These guys bringing a whole new audience. They have writers who are known outside of our poetry world. They have actors and directors and people who are doing things in all corners. 6,000 people getting this magazine. What is a usual run for a big magazine (maybe a university press.)?

Feel this is a great opportunity. And, you can submit through e-mail, so it makes your life very easy.

Better Dead than Red

Today I have become a neo-conservative and a born again. Anyone got a problem with it?

Thursday, September 29, 2005


I cut the following blurb directly from their web site.

Ellipsis … Literary Serials and Narrative Culture
• Founded in 2005, Ellipsis is on newsstands in major markets throughout the United States and Canada, and is also available internationally by subscription.
• A monthly publication, its first-issue circulation is approximately 6,000.
• Ellipsis is one of only a handful of nationally-distributed, monthly literary magazines that accepts advertising.
• The newsstand price of Ellipsis is considerably less costly – in some instances, 30 to 50% less – than most other periodicals in which original literature is published.
• The aim of Ellipsis is to reinvigorate interest in literature by presenting portions better-suited to modern lifestyles.
• Ellipsis also aims to highlight the role of literature in other media, such as cinema, television and popular music.
• Our inaugural volume contains six-month serials by such established authors as Daniel Wallace, Laird Hunt, Brian Evenson and Steve Almond, as well as three-month serials, short stories and a nine-part serial by rising talent Pirooz M. Kalayeh.
• Ellipsis also presents interviews and articles featuring literary figures like Anne Waldman and Eleni Sikelianos, as well as musicians Steve Schiltz of Longwave, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Tim Kasher of Cursive, to name just a few, and actor/director Tim Blake Nelson.
• Further information can be found at our website:

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Good News

Jim, have been very glad to hold down the shop, though you may want to change the password, just make sure please that I can get copies of my drafts, thank you. I'll be posting at for the next two months as part of my residency.

So, I don't mind getting called out in public, but as I said in our previous IM conversation -if we trade, you get a book, I get a book, but what does the press get?

Yes it is about money. And yes it isn't about money. The lovely publishers at Subday, and I assume many other small presses, aren't necessarily in it for the money. That is yes they need to make their money back to keep the press running; but making money is certainly not the goal as much as publishing, excuse me, wonderful books of poetry that may not have a chance of being made in the "real world" not because they're poorly written, but because they don't sell well.

I myself am afraid to know exactly how much my friends are losing economicly on me. This of course, among many other things, gives me great economic guilt, and leads me to ask a couple questions:

Can the production of "art" alone create a shift of prioritization in the making of profits within the ruling class?

And more imortantly: Is it true that because there is a "shift [within] the majority of people from farming and small-scale tradesmanship to wage slavery [which] creates widespread poverty, massive unrest, and brutal repression," we are automaticly led to a favoritism of escapist art and literature within the majority of the culture? -See Beauty Trouble: Identity and Difference In The Tradition of The Aesthetic, Steven Talyor, Civil Disobediences, Coffee House Press.

I agree with Talyor, if I'm not reading him wrong, that the trouble lies within our disagreement with the "real world" ruling class, who insist the educating of the lower class will not be done "with essays and social treatises and learning that truth is negotiable." "A society," Taylor says, "in which history is increasingly obscured or regarded as irrelevant, is a society in which people are increasingly powerless."

Nor, I hope, are we willing to accept escapist ideology. Rather, we all do in fact want to escape, i.e. actually change, this hellish state of affairs, this catastrophacy in which we live. And yet, we're in the thick of it as much as anyone else. That is, We, the upper and lower and escapists and non-escapists classes, are all necessarily in it for the money as both the means and the end.

Now, if you think creating a barter system is a solution to this mess, I'm up for giving it a go, only we're going to have to convince a lot of people who aren't necessarily our friends.

One way or another the costs can be traced back and we're still going to have to decide what the press gets out of this.

8 days w/o

When you are on a little island (Koh Mak) and that little island has wi-fi, but is in the middle of many storms and the one the night before you docked hit the antenna, you are forced into a life without internet.

Got back today and had over 100 messages. four of which were towards my writing. Two rejections. Nice, gentle, asking for more. Two acceptances.

Richard, over at Ellipsis, has taken a series of six prose pieces I wrote in the months following my return from the above island a year or so back. Of all the journals out there, Ellipsis has me the most curious. They are planning to do something very different. They are going to publish every month. How is this going to work? Can the writing stand up over 12 installments? Will they be thin? how does Dennis Hopper look next to Anne Waldman?

The other was an acceptance from Dylan over at Watching the Wheels: a Blackbird. He is also going to be doing something different. There will be audio portions. There will be traditional readings.

I am very happy to be a part of both. Thank you.

trade or buy

I was talking with Sean the other day. He has two books out from Subday Press. I have bought one. I should have bought two. I will buy the second. My feet are dragging. So he got to (rightfully) scolding me for not buying his book. I like his work. I should have his book. Ok. So I say, “Why don’t we just trade books?” He likes my work, I like his work, this should be easy, especially since I have a book coming real soon. And since we are doing the Yahoo chat (By the way, don’t know if I like the chat. Rather like the longer pause of e-mail, but we both thought it would be fun and we both had time, so we did.), the response is quick, something along the lines of “why don’t we just buy each others.” No problem here, really. money goes to the publisher and money goes to the writer. Not much money, but some. It is good to support both. But… when I ask people to buy my book, I am really only asking them to read it. And with my close friends, and with those friends whose work I like, and with those friends whose work I like who also have a book, I would gladly trade. This thing is not about money. If it is, write something that will make it. A trade between authors whose work is reciprocally respected is so much cleaner, so much friendlier, I thought it was something we all agreed on. Maybe I was the only one at that meeting.

*all things in quote are from memory.

Monday, September 26, 2005

The plane has landed

Hello everyone. just got back from Thailand. more on that later. now it is time for a nap. Thanks to Sean for keeping the light on.

Friday, September 23, 2005


Rumors fly and some futures may have already been decided as the standings start to take shape.


Yankees - Redsox? Who will it be?

On the other side of the big apple, give up all hope for the Mets winning the wild card 8 1/2 games behind in the race.

With hurricane Rita another dangerous storm threatens southern coastal communities. Houston though they stand 2nd and a whopping 11 1/2 games behind St. Louis in The National League Central can still win the wild card.

Will we see another team beside the Saints playing all their games on the road?

This Just in... The Law:

Are student athletes already professionals? How much money do the university's make in revenue in the sports market? Student Unions and the NCAA. More to come with commentary on an article from the Tennessee Law Review published in 2002.

Across The Pond:

Newcastle with their latest signing of wonder boy Michael Owen look to continue climbing out of the cellar of The English Premiership, but face a steadfast Manchester City who are out to prove Manchester is a city capable of supporting two world class teams.

A major move up the ladder in European football culture. But can the city rally around two teams with a traditional derby rivalry?

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Living Theatre And An International Day of Peace

A thought today for Kyle Kaufman, please visit his site and leave him a little note to help celebrate this International Day of Peace.

Written by Julian Beck and Judith Malina:

"When (we) the actors cry out against the pain, our detractors say: 'they
are filled with hate.' Imagine! They can't tell the difference between
passion and anger. It is better to rage against the preventable suffering
/because it leads to the
suggestion of gorgeous alternatives/
than to express our sadness. We could do a whole evening (maybe a
lifetime) of just weeping, and say (as we always do anyway): 'This
is a play about the human condition.'"

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Non-Proliferation Treaty

The Republic of Korea's Foreign Minister Ba Ki-Moon was on Charlie Rose last night. Sorry Charlie but it wasn't an educational interview. Ho-hum, but why not ask the tough question? Does the U.S. have plans to attack North Korea? Well, maybe Charlie didn't ask because we all know the answer? It's there for us all to see. The North will give up it's Nuclear Engery engagements across the board and the U.S. won't attack. Pretty good deal don't you think?

Also on the show, Amhed Aboul Gheit, the Egyptian Foreign Minister spoke of the Egyptian motion at the UN to create new (for lack of a better term) parlimentary procedures when dealing with terrorism. Funny enough, the one set-back the committee faced, defining terrorism, was I think aptly deemed by Gheit as becoming a misnomer, in that the committee, mainly constituents of The Security Council, could not come to an agreement with something Gheit described simply as an attack on civilians. Funny how that works.

Thirdly, a visit with Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan's Foreign Minister. Afghanistan is celebrating its first parlimentary elections in thirty years. The foreign minister, who in speaking of his rememberance and friendship with the assasinated former primer minister mentioned reading poetry :) said that it is a testament of rebuilding and reorganization of the country and a solid example of the Taliban's loss of power that the elections happened without a major glitch. He also reassured us that the West with its task in Iraq has not forgotten about Afghanistan.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Jasper Who?

The new book of interviews Jasper Who? from zingmagazine books, an independent divsion of zingmagazine, a curatorial crossing,, by the man on the street Kenny Schachter. Kenny travels through Harlem, Wall Street, Soho, and Midtown, asking over a hundred people "Does art have any relevance in your life?" That is always the first of many questions.

Follow-ups include but are not limited to: "Is there a particular work of art that has moved you in any way?" "Is beauty an important aspect of an artwork?" "What do you think of contemporary art?" "Do you think art is only accesible to the rich?" "What do you think of museums?"

Lastly he presents a list of artists usually starting with Picasso, and asks, "Can you tell me if you know who these people are or could you comment on them?" Picasso? Yes. Andy Warhol? He came into it as a joke. Duchamp? No. Jackson Pollock? Yo, that is ridiculous. Dali? The melted clock guy. Roy Lichtenstein? Oh, I think I have one of his original works. Tracey Emin? No. John Currin? He's from Boulder right? Matthew Barney? You know, I'm with the Monet. Cecily Brown? No.

So, that's my own out-of-context mixed-matched examples of the Q&A.

Schachter in his introductory interview says, "In an effort to prove how alienated and esoteric the art world has become, I always say, when I talk to university students, that if you interviewed 100 people on the street and asked them if they were familiar with Matthew Barney, less than 1% would recognize the name. So, I decided to test my theory, and I conducted (as he admits without 'scientific method') the interviews myself. Guess what? I found out I was right."

There are a few ironies to be found within the book, firstly that most of the artists Schachter uses in his list are in more than one sense of the word, painters, and the list also only really deals with artists in the US or England, and from the brief bit of research I've done on those names I didn't recognize, and the ones I did, Basquiat is the only recognizable black artist. I suppose my difficulty is with those sources used in reference to the ART WORLD, which clearly seemed to be outside of Pop Culture, sorry Bob Ross, because nearly everyone answered yes, art does have relevance, and they all showed considerable personal and opinionated, if not always academic, understanding of what that relevance was, often veering away from painting, showing as Schachter says of his discovery, " is prominent in the minds of many people as a personalized inward notion of creativity."

This could be and may well be related to the Post WWII German artist Joseph Beuys and his idea of The Expanded Concept of Art -Schachter mentions him, but unfortunately not in this context.

Some Beuys for you:
"The principle of resurrection, transforming the old structure, which dies or stagnates, into a vibrant life-enhancing and soul-and spirit-promoting form. This is the expanded concept of art."

"For me, the word produces all images. It is the key sign for all modeling and organizational processes. When I use language, I try to produce the thrust of this power... the power of evolution."

"What I think ought to be contained in every human action: the dignity of the self-determination of one's own life and one's own gestures, and the modesty of our actions and our work in every moment. All this is expressed without any great fuss, in a very quiet way."

So it is that art is called on to celebrate that which nourishes this evolution, and the theatre in which the process takes place every day -Nature.

Schachter has given us proof of the divide within the 'art world', but you won't get too many answers from all of Schachter's questions, though he says, "The solution is for people in the trenches of the art world to look beyond their tiny, familiar audience..."

How about Universal Education?

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Maybe the last for a bit

Only afternoon here in Seoul. Rainy and dark. Best not be raining tomorrow when I have to wait for the bus at 6 in the morning. Don’t be a wet tourist with wet books and wet hammock. Chicks don’t dig that. Be a dry tourist with money and a smile. That works better. I don’t know if I will post here again before I leave. If not, you all hang in there. Keep on rocking. If you see Ips from Thailand on your blog roll, you know it is me, most likely trying to avoid the rain. It is the rainy season. It is supposed to rain. Say hello to Sean.

Pirooz wrote a nice post and in the post Whole Milk is given good words. These will be pointed to when it gets published.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Sean MacInnes

Come Sunday (Saturday evening for you folks in the States), Sean MacInnes will be taking over Can of Corn for a few weeks. I will be in Thailand. Sometimes with access to a computer. Sometimes without interest in blogging. Still, you might get a few updates while I move around the land of smiles.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Touchdown Jesus

Looking at University presses. Trying to find a place that will let me submit without a reading fee (I’ve found a few). I don’t need a prize, but I would like my book to stay in print and have a wide distribution. While looking at these university presses, of course I look at the poetry submissions, but I also look at their general guidelines. Most poetry submissions must be accompanied by a reading fee. When looking at the general submissions though (academic books), I don’t see a mention of the reading fees. Are poets just supper eager and easy money? Are there too many crappy poetry submissions and the eyes of the readers need to be replaced? For a (supposedly) dieing art, poetry submissions still seem to fund these presses. We are the Football program of university publishing. Fill the stands. Buy a hot dog. Go team go.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Fantasy Baseball Update

1 Pickled Mango 249 +0.5 5 28
2 Portland Potshots 242.5 -1 8 13
3 The Nolens Volens 234 -4.5 19 137
4 Bad Horse 232 +1.5 12 92
5 Slaughterhouse Nine 218 +1 13 26
6 Good-Wood-Pork-Cork 215.5 +1 14 94
7 The Scaffold 214 +4.5 18 50
8 Hott Dixx 186.5 -0.5 3 11
9 The Singing Knives 185 -1 17 79
10 Fatty Fatty 2x4 174 -5.5 7 105
11 Word Dogs 165.5 +2 4 5
12 Good Night Nurse 156.5 +0.5 10 75
13 shut the flap 151 -0.5 11 14
14 Ann Arbor Martyrs 150.5 -2.5 16 90
15 The Ironic Names 150 -0.5 2 7
16 Quahogs 137.5 +1.5 15 40
17 Phillies 130 +3 1 1
18 Dick Nixon 123 +1 9 2
19 Harlequins 105.5 -0.5 6 27

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Blogs can help boost a career or sink it


Monday night football is shown on Tuesday night in Seoul. Most sporting events are shown live, not sure why AFN decides show this by tape delay. I was at a restaurant with a friend of mine. The game was great. Mike Vick is impossible to tackle or catch. I think he should play center field for the Giants. Whenever the game went to breaks, and you folks at home would get a Bud commercial, we get army commercials. They are really terrible. one just flashes words. these words repeat faster and faster. Sex, STDs, AIDS, Abortion. over and over. Another shows a group of military men building a house. a third is an anti drug commercial where kids, obviously not actors, talk about how bad drugs are. let’s start with the first. Imagine you are in the States, and Korea has a base in the middle of DC and NYC and SF and LA. not outside, right in the middle. And on this station they are flashing these types of words. Don’t you think it would be offensive. Who are they talking about but the women of that country? Seems that they are saying “Korean women are dirty”. just no reason for it. if they want to educate the soldiers, they could do it on the base or in private, no need to broadcast the militaries view of Korean women to all the Koreans across the country. Another deals with building a house. now this is great. good to build houses. But Korean’s don’t want to be reminded. Besides, Korea is the 11th largest economy in the world, it does pretty well taking care of its citizens. maybe 20 yrs ago this commercial would have been appropriate. now it is not. Finally, the commercial with the kids saying no to drugs. nothing all that wrong with it, or should I say, it is harmless. But the thing is, it is so low grade. Something we would make in a middle school social studies class. All in all, all the commercials are made on the cheap. Seems a country with Hollywood and money could make better commercials. Commercials that endear them to the populous instead of offending. The USA should be better at propaganda beyond its boarders than it is. Right now it is in the business of alienation.


A yes from GUTCULT. Thanks to Aaron McCollough and the other fine folk.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Bridges in level 4

The final listening test for my level four students is a highlight of the semester. For the past year we have been using a clip from the book, Bridges of Madison County. There are lines like:
He was obviously surprised, slightly
. &
He flicked a gold Zippo lighter to flame
. &
rippling chest muscles
He said he was lost, temporarily
. All these goodies come from just a 3 minute clip. I have to stop myself from laughing. I love this stuff. The voice reads over these sentences as though they were as smooth as silk. Seems if you write for hundreds of pages, at some point, yr ear would hurt. On paper, maybe, it isn’t so bad, but when it gets read, the humor jumps out.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

The toe which turned heads

What the King wants, the King gets. Disgusting picture removed. I was tired of looking at it too.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Became this. The toe should be healed by the middle of next week. Thailand here i come Posted by Picasa

Hello to the us courts ip

Ever since Silliman posted that he had us gov sites on his site, I've been noticing that i have one too. Maybe Laura Bush is checking out her favorite poets. Who knows, but i am not into the sinister thing, i just figure poets are in all places

effing and what comes next

Don’t want to downplay how excited I am. This is my first book. Whole Milk was my first real love. It was the first thing that I did that I knew was really really good (Pirooz says it is the best thing i have done. I'd say that i have done nothing better). So a thanks to Scott again. I am so happy it is being made at effing.
The relief comes in that I don’t need to worry about it anymore. It will have a place. I get to rest and see what other people think and get on with the writing. Funny, the day I got Whole Milk a home, I began to query around for my other book, which, honestly, I am not even sure is done, think there are still poems in it, but the web sites usual say something like, “send us 10 pages and we will get back to you in 3 months”. So with whole milk out of the way, I can begin trying to find this one a home. Had to get the eldest married off first.

far as getting the other book published, I am going to try to hit some of my favorite small presses before I get on with the prize thing. Already sent queries to Actionbooks, City Lights, and Black Sparrow. Will see how this goes. those contests just seem so cut throat. having to pay all that money and make it just so (bind here, sign there, don’t put you name anywhere). And you don’t know if you are even going to get a read. So I am going to try this way first, and if nothing shakes out, will send to maybe 10 contests around the first of the year.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

He said it

a caption on Compton’s blog

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Effing Press

effing press just accepted Whole Milk. Thanks to Scott Pierce. Feel as much relief as excitement. Whole Milk has been with me for a few years now. I knew it was a chapbook, but just couldn’t make it into one. didn’t know who I wanted to do it with. Then I did, and now I do. Effing it is.

the finger

This disaster deserves to be beyond politics. tired of reading something to the extent of, “hope this pushes the Bush admin over the edge.” We don’t love Bush, I understand. But this is the question. How many of you have donated yr time to this? Not talking about putting a few bucks forth, but actually getting in your car and driving somewhere. First step, to a relief office (red cross etc) and asking what you can do. Second, actually getting in yr car and driving to New Orleans with a plan of how to help. Bet very few of us have. Easier to sit and complain than to take action. I hear yr/my complaints, but we are all a part of this, none of our hands are clean. It has been a week, we ask where the fed gov is, but I want to know where you are. I know I have failed in this. I am still in Korea. Red cross has been able to buy a meal for three from what I sent in. I could have done much more, and still could, but won’t. Why don’t we look at ourselves for a change?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

a few things and how to fight

“My best writing gets done when I’m being distracted by people who are calling me or errands that I have to do. Those things seem to help the creative process, in my case.”
From Sue Gangel, "An Interview with John Ashbery"

a few years ago I would have had trouble understanding this. Today it makes perfect sense. By getting distracted yr brain can relax into something else. it can stop cramping over the poem. You can go away and come back to the poem and drink a beer and eat an ice cream in between. it puts social priorities above the poem. Again, I like this. it keeps poetry in its place. You work until you have something better to do. Ashbery should blog. It is a great distraction.

All around us are these movements and talks of movements. I think that the biggest movement, one that Silliman mentioned a while back, is the blogging movement. It has nothing to do with aesthetics, but it has to do with community, and that, I believe, is more important.

I am entertained by poetic disputes. maybe it is only entertaining bc I am not a part of them and can watch from afar. Most feel staged. How can two poets get so worked up at each other? Neither is encroaching on territory, don’t even think a poet has territory besides her keyboard, and don’t think that was what the fight was over. I look at poets, and artists in general, and trust that they are doing their best. This does not mean that I like their work, in fact, it is very difficult for me to like anyone’s work. But I like them. I like them for trying, for playing, for being a part of this thing that we are doing. When I see poets snipping at each other, I figure it must be a personal thing. Two people don’t need to like each other, but to call out each others poetry, or to bring poetry into it, that seems to be missing the point.


Got this e-mail from Kyle today:

el pobre Mouse #3

el pobre Mouse invites all manner of innovative, electric, and alarming work for our third issue. we encourage you to send in poetry, poetics, prose, hybrid, drama, notes, intvws, essays, sketches, diagrams, flowcharts, love notes, crumpled miscellania. we are interested in work that can provoke further work: conversation, contemplation, response.

submission deadline: october 15

we accept submissions electronically, or by mail:

el pobre Mouse
899 Oak Street #7
San Francisco, CA 94117


each copy of our third issue will be hand-assembled, and hand-(spray)painted. as always, el pobre is an act of community, and done with love. we look forward to seeing yr work. issue 1 is sold out. copies of issue 2 are available for $5-10 each, sliding scale, from the above address. each copy is a handmade product of our San Francisco collage parties (all are welcome. if you live in the area, contact us if you'd like to come).

thanks for reading, and please forward,

yours, the eds,
kyle kaufman / sara m larsen

--- kyle kaufman
--one more small passage from Los Dialectica Pobres

Monday, September 05, 2005

The Canary

Just a heads up, The Canary is open for submissions.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

how we eat. There was no 1-2-3 on this one Posted by Picasa

out class. L4 class. good people. Good food. good drink. This night was salted pork. might be my new favorite. drank soju, beksayju, beer, bek and so mixed. by 3a there were only 3 of us left, but we were still going strong Posted by Picasa

Bobbie Louise Hawkins Lecture Series

Can’t think of a better way of spending a Wednesday night than listening to Bobbie Louise Hawkins Lecture. just a heads up.

first summer at naropa

Moved to Boulder. Lived in the Naropa dorms. Knew few people. Knew little poetry. I took some classes at the summer program. One of my first teachers was Ange Mlinko. I wonder if I was the only MFA candidate in her class. Did anyone else take the class? Think we made a magazine. Did we make a magazine? That first summer was a blur. The second stands out much more. Then I felt sure enough to fight with teachers and skip class. That first, I was quiet, trying to find my feet, ready to say yes at the drop of a hat. Or should I say “no”? “No” is fine too, whatever you like.

Thinking of that first summer, I believe on the first day, just after orientation, I sat outside Lincoln hall with Dylan. Remember that Sara only wrote with a Sharpie (same thing I was doing at the time). Marlowe and I doing talking turns with Martin. Has anyone heard from Martin? Pirooz and Ross sitting at a bench in the lawn. Do you guys remember Sara (blond girl, was only at Naropa one semester)? Was my first friend. Remember Notley’s reading hurt me. That Joanne Kyger gave me her pen, the type she used, she wanted to give me a gift (I still have it, but it is out of ink). When did I meet everyone else? maybe I will remember later. maybe you can tell me.

what is happening on Sunday

A few days ago I was wondering if the world knew what was happening in the States, or if they did, if they cared (beyond remarking what an ass Bush was). Glad I saw this article. Good to know that people still want to help.

Just watched A Long Goodbye again. Now watching McCabe and Mrs. Miller. continue to be amazed by Altman and Zsigmond. Maybe I’ll watch M.A.S.H next. Ate half a large pizza. Haven’t turned on the AC bc it (I think) makes me cough. Writing poetry while the movies play. stealing words. Thinking about tattoos. How I want lots of them. Maybe start with something from Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Liked how Sterling Haden said “Balls” (in The Long Goodbye) instead of something like “Bull shit” or “Come off it”. I’d also like to begin saying “Balls”. So watch out. The University of Arizona lost its first football game of the year. The USA beat Mexico and qualified for the world cup.

Are you surprised that I like the Fence cover?

Thursday, September 01, 2005


If you have it. American Red Cross.