baseball, poetry, and kim chi

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A great day for poetry

I would like to announce my candidacy for the position of Oxford Professor of Poetry.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Some good news these past few days. From October until March I worked exclusively in prose. I studied Spicer's, The Holy Grail. I went line by line looking where his poems pointed. There were instances of Arthurian Legend, but there were also so many other directions he went. I tried to track and so better understand what was happening in his poems. I recently received word that Jacket is going to publish my look at The Book of the Death of Arthur. I know that the research was helpful for me. I hope it will also be helpful for others. From this study, I began to write a series of poems which began in Arthurian Legend, but now seem to have much to do with the Dustbowl. Jacket is also going to publish some of these. As far as level of excitement goes, the acceptance of my prose, since it is where I feel weakest, is the bigger thrill. And, just yesterday, I got word that Poetry Wales wants to publish a few poems.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ground Attack

I know. Don't get excited. This team can't hit. It is early in the season. They are only 18-14. Only 18-14? Even my dreams don't get this wild. Just got done watching the game. Have grown to really enjoy waking up every morning, sitting in my hammock with coffee and yogurt, and watching the game. I did not think I would enjoy watching archived games, but today I got so excited about a homerun that happened five hours before that I spilled coffee on myself and scared sy from sleep. There was noise. I am growing to love this team. The Giants are leading the league in infield hits and in fun. Just look at that graph. Down by one with two outs in the ninth. Nobody on. We are looking at a 97% chance of a Nats win. Then a single. Then a wild throw to first. Then a walk. Man on first and second for Pablo Sandoval. Homerun. Great way to start the day.

Friday, May 08, 2009

If you like US soccer and want to follow all the football news, this is a good place to start.

Monday, May 04, 2009

How it began as told by sy

Sunday, May 03, 2009


Many thanks to Anthony Joseph & Sascha Akhtar for putting on such a nice event. The reading went well. Ira Lightman has so many voices, and, from what I could tell, went into and after everyone from Plath to Language poetry. He also sang two poems. One Blake and one Poe. I felt a bit off in my reading. Think I tried to squeeze too many poems into 20 minutes. Learning experience. Construction on the tracks last night. Hustled back to Liverpool Station to catch a bus. The bus was late, then we were told the bus was not coming, and right after that the bus arrived. Without the bus I would have slept right there on the ground. So, happy it came. Got to Ingatestone at around 1a. Waited for a late train. Waited. Train came. In Norwich at 3a. Asleep at 4.

The best part of going to London is seeing Marcus. Went to a fish and chips place right next to the Poetry Cafe. Sadly I had to hustle to the train station. Not enough time to talk.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

If you are in London

Heading out the door for my reading tonight in London.

I will be at The Poetry Cafe Tonight. Est Morte starts at 7:30

Always a long trip. Hesitate before I go and then wish I was not walking to the train station, getting on the train, ridding the train. But then. London. Ah, I am glad I got here. I am excited to read. And then the reading is over and I need to get that 1130p train back to Norwich and I wish I was back there. At 3a, when I get back back, I will be glad to crawl into bed.

Yes, poor Carol Ann Duffy. She is being excluded. Ah, but now she is the Poet Laureate. Sure that stink about her poem didn't hurt.

Loren Goodman, Guest Blogger April 26-May 2 at BAP

Spending time at The Best American Poetry blog bc Loren Goodman is there. He talks about Jungle Cabs. He give me pictures of food I see in my dreams. If you can't go to Korea, sit in one of his classes, and win a few stuffed animals with him, you can at least watch others do what you wish you were doing.