Monthly Archives: August 2010


KISIABATON by GARY SNYDER Beat-up datsun idling in the road shreds of fog almost-vertical hillsides drop away huge stumps fading into mist soft warm rain Snaggy, forked and spreading tops, a temperate cloud-forest tree Chamaecyparis formosiana— Taiwan hinoki, hung-kuai red … Continue reading

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“The Inevitable Waits” by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

THE INEVITABLE WAITS (translated by Daniele Pantano) The inevitable waits It’s not coming. You are You are the mouse. So Don’t be a hero When for the fearless Even the avoidable Is unavoidable Fear. Stay human What belongs to you, … Continue reading

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DINOSAURIA, WE by Charles Bukowski Born like this Into this As the chalk faces smile As Mrs. Death laughs As the elevators break As political landscapes dissolve As the supermarket bag boy holds a college degree As the oily fish … Continue reading

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FOR INSTANCE by JOHN CIARDI A boy came up the street and there was a girl. “Hello,” they said in passing, then didn’t pass. They began to imagine. They imagined all night and woke imagining what the other imagined. Later … Continue reading

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Not Your Median Patient: How A Climate Scientist Faced Cancer

Not Your Median Patient: How A Climate Scientist Faced Cancer By John Unger Zussman Stephen Schneider, the environmental scientist, died of a heart attack last month at the age of 65. He was a Stanford professor, a member of the … Continue reading

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THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING by Bob Dylan Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone. If your time to … Continue reading

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PRAYER by JORIE GRAHAM Over a dock railing, I watch the minnows, thousands, swirl themselves, each a minuscule muscle, but also, without the way to create current, making of their unison (turning, re- infolding, entering and exiting their own unison … Continue reading

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Raving On: The Archaic Revival in 2010

On a  recent sunday afternoon my husband was taking a disco nap reclining on faux-fur cushions in a gazebo bedecked with hanging saris and tie-die fabric. Some fifteen hours before he’d been playing records stage left of here, illuminated by … Continue reading

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Andreas Economakis

An Ataxic Minnow Amongst Whales by Andreas Economakis I don’t know exactly how or why I decided to buy Laurent’s tiny inflatable boat. Not much of a seaman, I guess I nonetheless always fancied myself owning a boat. Was I … Continue reading

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On Turning Thirty, by Raul Clement

  “It’s impossible for a man to waste any time before thirty-five…” – James Michener, The Drifters “What you don’t do before thirty, you’ll never do.” – John Updike, from…?   I. The Pixar film Up presents itself as for … Continue reading

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