I am working on a specimen so pale it is like staring at snow from the bow of a ship in fog. I lose track of things—articulation of wing, fineness of hair—as if the moth itself disappears, but remains as an emptiness before me. Or, from its bleakness, the subtlest distinctions suddenly increase: the slightestContinue reading “[white spring] by Lisa Olstein”
Old disertet farm Originally uploaded to flickr by sveppigum I’ve been reading mysteries by Arnaldur Indridason lately. I looked up Iceland on flick because I wanted to see pictures of the places in the novels.
I will leave this house and go out into the weather there are only so many ways to get out I will use the window as a shield and nothing can hurt me not rain not migration I need a truck I need to drive forever down the highway carrying nothing going out to meetContinue reading “Anywhere in Particular by Heather Christle”
I am the wind and the wind is invisible, all the leaves tremble but I am invisible, blackbird over the dark field but I am invisible, what fills the balloon and what it moves through, knot without rope, bloom without flower, galloping without the horse, the spirit of the thing without the thing, location withoutContinue reading “The Love Song of the Square Root of Minus One (i) by Richard Siken”
Erin Stead's illustrations will get their first publication in book format with A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which is due out later this year. Check out the swell interview with her over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
Even in the falling a train breaks for the light. The tunnel, the darkness – never sweeter. This body is not real. Yet living. This living body. There is a child. The blessed coolness of water. And hands by Chris Abani This is the title poem from his new book published by Copper Canyon Press.
There’s a volcano in my Alaska, a Paris in my mesa and the bulldog at the wheel looks at me with her awful eyes and says “Sandra, there’s no time for a vinyasa, so skedaddle,” and in dog paddling to the Eiffel Tower I see the shenanigans of topography, the loop-a-doop shooting stars crushing underContinue reading “Your Own Winnebago by Sandra Simonds”
by Susana Gardner published in Coconut 14
From Art MoCo: Designing textiles and wallpapers under the Lulu DK brand, Lulu de Kwiatkowski released an eponymous book last year that is a compilation of her collages. A reflection of a life of travel and exploration, de Kwiatkowski's artwork is colourful, layered and textured. This monograph of heft is a blend of journal, artContinue reading “Eponymous”
Cool new alphabet by Tim Fishlock.
Back and backward, why, wide and wider. Such that art is inseparable from the search for reality. The continent is greater than the content. A river nets the peninsula. The garden rooster goes through the goldenrod. I watched a robin worming its way on the ridge, time on the uneven light ledge. There as inContinue reading “from My Life by Lyn Hejinian”
Today I read on the blog Grain Edit about a picture book from the 60s called PUFF by William Wondriska, which seems similar in plot (although I haven't actually read it) to The Little Engine That Could. What a cool integration of text into illustration. Plus I like orange!
5 now it is evening cobalt is always the colour drawingthin in a cold season it shades to black wherethere are no interruptions no shadows no moonbut the sounds of settling no planes no interferencewhere feet fall they meet other algorithms likea walking in the dark where space kicks back do you losegravity find newContinue reading “Excerpt from Zeta Landscape by Carol Watts”
An exhibit of work by Stan Vanderbeek is up at Guild & Greyshkul in NYC. Here, Marisa Olsen (Rhizome) introduces Vanderbeek to the uninitiated (I include myself): Stan VanDerBeek (1927-1984) shares with artists like Josef Albers, Aldous Huxley, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, and Buckminster Fuller the legacy of having developed their practice at Black MountainContinue reading “Pictures from an Exhibition”
Emily Warn, Christian Wiman, and others post a nice list of favorite poetry books published in 2008. Check out Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation. photo by planewalker011 via flickr