Saturday, May 09, 2015
The old Scots word JACHELT was used to describe trees that have grown with the direction of the wind.

Email:  "Hi: I am really sorry to have to tell you that according to what I am hearing on the radio, it seems that R. has killed his wife, daughter and S. and then shot himself and set his house on fire yesterday."

After all this time, they asked us to leave,
And I told them we could pay double the rent.
I don't know why it seemed so funny,
Seeing as how they'd take more money.
The winkler called again, he came here this morning,
With four hundred pounds and a photograph of the place he has found.
A block of flats with central heating.
I think we're going to find it hard.


Falls entrepreneur's business grows from tree stumps

 (Dan Steely's Just Stumps Stump Grinding)

"If one were to draw up an indictment of this government’s approach to politics and the public purpose, one might mention its wholesale contempt for Parliament, its disdain for the Charter of Rights and the courts’ role in upholding it, its penchant for secrecy, its chronic deceitfulness, its deepening ethical problems, its insistence on taking, at all times, the lowest, crudest path to its ends, its relentless politicization of everything."
Friday, May 08, 2015
Peter Culley's list of 75 of maybe 150 "Essential Texts" in No Particular Order, and not including reference books

1. Life of Johnson--James Boswell

2. Last Lunar Badeker--Mina Loy

3. So Going Around Cities--Ted Berrigan

4. Curiosities of Literature--Isaac D'Israeli

5. Pandemonium--Humphrey Jennings

6. Collected Novels--Jean Rhys

7. Tristram Shandy--Laurence Sterne

8. Collected Poems--Hugh MacDiarmid

9. Ambit--Gerald Creede

10. Planetary Gear--Ted Pearson

11. You--George Stanley

12. The Relative Minor--Deanna Ferguson

13. Europe of Trusts--Susan Howe

14. Words--Robert Creeley

15. Journals--Gilbert White

16. Swedish Letters--Mary Wollstencraft

17. Midsummer Cushion--John Clare

18. Art Criticism--Denis Diderot

19. Lost Illusions--Honore de Balzac

20. The Cloister and the Hearth--Charles Reade

21. Polyverse--Lee Ann Brown

22. The Power Broker--Robert Caro

23. The Glenn Gould Reader

24. Charlotte Bronte--Villette

25. The Fire Next Time--James Baldwin

26. Notebooks and Marginalia--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

27. Tight Corners (and what's around them)--David Bromige

28. From Next Spring--Gerry Gilbert

29. Don Juan--Lord Byron

30. Collected Nonsense--Edward Lear

31. Moominland Midwinter--Tove Jansson

32. Fovea Centralis--Christopher Dewdney

33. The Dumbfounding--Margaret Avison

34. Travels in Arabia Derserta--Charles Doughty

35. Memoirs--Thomas Bewick

36. The Seasons--James Thompson

37. The Task--William Cowper

38. A Dance to the Music of Time--Anthony Powell

39. Autobiographies--Janet Frame

40. Reveries of a Solitary Walker--Jean-Jacques Rousseau

41. Stages on Life's Way--Soren Kierkegaard

42. Book of Magazine Verse--Jack Spicer

43. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire--Edward Gibbon

44. Street of Crocodiles--Bruno Schulz

45. Collected Poems--Basil Bunting

46. The Mediterranean--Fernand Braudel

47. The Renewal of Pagan Antiquity--Aby Warburg

48. The Journal of a Disappointed Man--WNP Barbellion

49. Martyrology Book 2--bp Nichol

50. Midwinter Day--Bernadette Mayer

51. Collected Short Novels--Collette

52. Own Face--Clark Coolidge

53. Testimony--Charles Reznikoff

54. Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror--John Ashbery

56. Anatomy of Melancholy--Robert Burton

57. Journals--Dorothy Wordsworth

58. Voyage of the 'Beagle'--Charles Darwin

59. The Fur Trade in Canada--Harold Adams Innis

60. Archaeologist of Morning--Charles Olson

61. The Kalevela--comp. Elias Lonrot

62. Collected Poems--Lorine Niedecker

63. Memoirs--Hector Berlioz

64. Marcel Duchamp--Octavio Paz

65. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym--Edgar Allen Poe

66. Diaries--Cosima Wagner

67. Essays--Arthur Schopenhauer

68. Harvest of the Cold Months--Elizabeth David

69. A Place of Greater Safety--Hilary Mantel

70. The Wind in the Willows--Kenneth Grahame

71. Imaginations--William Carlos Williams

72. Harmonium--Wallace Stevens

73. Hymns and Fragments--Friedrich Holderlin (Sieburth trans.)

74. The Wanderer--Alain-Fournier

75. Up in the Old Hotel--Joseph Mitchell

Robert Palmer & Roy Fisher, special friends of this long memorial song.

So out of what materials
shall we be making
our nothing?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015
"His work consists of recording small sounds, quotes, and melodies from a film or a specific scene, and sequencing the sounds together to form a new piece of music. In most of his works, the newly created piece of music consists solely of the sounds he samples from those films or scenes, without additional, 'external' music or sound effects."
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Monday, May 04, 2015

Back in the booth
line 2 blinking -- AM
DJ's late -- no reason.
32 minutes to fill.  Takes
down the double album's
purple sleeve -- Miles' wide
eyes catlike behind
huge hexagonal glasses -- 
cues up the first cut's quavering
organ tones.
Sunday, May 03, 2015
"Urban life and movement present real technical difficulties and challenge poetic conventions. Urban life is dense and fast and requires flexible structures that can incorporate speed and information. It’s tough to come up with a coherent, interesting structure."

Via the Nanaimo Daily News -- Respected Poet Remembered 

"Culley met his wife Daphne more than 30 years ago [in] a book store in Nanaimo.

'As I recall I invited him over for dinner and he never left,' she said. 'We were together from that time.'"

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