One thing leads to another and I came across two poets who
write in a style similar to mine.
I recommend them:Craig Dworkin, and Robert Grenier.As an example here’s a Craig Dworkin poem, a
wonderful one, from his book Motes (a
fabulous bargain at the Kindle price):
how sad for
Another recommendation---and a fascinating and easy two-day
read---is The Professor and the Madman:A tale of
murder, insanity and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, by Simon
Winchester.Behind the scenes in the
creation of the OED.Wiki-schmiki----how
did they do it?And where would we be
Finally, this Saturday (June 20, 2014),the city where I live celebrates the Summer
Solstice with a big parade through downtown and concomitant festivities and merrymaking everywhere else. I’ve not been a devout parade–goer in my
time here, but this year, after what has transpired (and been overcome) in my family in the 12 months preceding,
I’m ready to rumble, and am planning to blatantly defy doctors’ orders and
binge on everything I’ve been specifically told to moderate or
avoid---with gluttonous emphasis (or énfasis, as they say in Spanish) on
spinach and broccoli and bread and cheese and wine, thank you very much.If there is another posting after this one,
we’ll know I made it.
Permeated by a sense of transition, this time of year in
North America is redolent with graduations, summer plans, travel plans…travel…travel.
Amazon’s Kindle re-kindled my reading desires, and among the
works loaded onto my reader, like giraffes and zebras populating the savannah,
is the travel writing of Mary Shelley, essays and letters, some nearly 200
years old----200 years!----recounting her travels from England through Europe.
Her observations are sympathetic in a general sense, her
discourses on politics and art insightful, and her quite entertainingly bitchy
and bratty impatience and exasperation with ugliness (people and geography) and
inconvenience (transportation and lodging snafus) secure the impression that
travel two centuries ago is, in its essence, not much different from travel
today, sublime but also, as everyone who has done it right knows, hard
work.Mary Shelley’s travel writing is
an ideal companion for when the journey gets tough. Mary Shelley's Amazon page.
Game 7 of my life begins now. With three new e-books up, I'm turning to the work of others---specifically Terri Jenkins-Brady and Bill Shively---to help them move toward Kindle readiness and Kindle publcation. So watch for their books within the next month or so. Good stuff. And, every so often, I'll post some observations and sequences here...