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31st-Jul-2017 11:52 am - Calder Valley Poetry

I want to recommend Calder Valley Poetry to anyone interested in poetry.  They can be found here (https://caldervalleypoetry.com/).  Their publications aren't as yet numerous, but do include not-to-be-without works by Peter Riley and Michael Haslam.  I will go anywhere with Peter Riley.  Alstonefield and Excavations are absolute essentials of modern poetry and I would not be without them.  His work in Pennine Tales from Calder Valley Poetry is a form that could go on without end (which has my vote) and I hear there is more, which I will vote for with my money, my eyes and my appreciation.  Michael Haslam provides the delightful Scaplings, Star Jelly, and a Seeming Sense of Soul, whose 36 meditations on his local surroundings, geographic features and flora, as well as his own internal morphology, are driven forward by the fizz, flash, and flare, the sheer joy, the furious dance of his language and rhythm.  I can't recommend either more highly.  Go.

I'm not sure what these buttons down below do.  I'm not on any of these.

12th-Jan-2016 02:33 pm - The Faraway
a construction in the
wilderness without portico or
cornice roadside Lycium wolfberry
teaplant fruit bird-lure beloved
tonic pricks dared her
hand on the gate
24th-Feb-2015 01:23 pm - "His Name is Tommy"
This story makes my daughter sound a little younger than she is.  She is fifteen now.

Anyway, I had too much change in my pocket so I asked my daughter to bring me a little blue plastic pig bank she has up on the bookcase.  There was nothing in the pig, so I told her I was going to feed him a little.

This blue pig bank was part of a promotion at the University of Dayton (the UD Flyers) where every incoming freshman student was given one of these "Flyer Pigs" to put their spare change in over the course of a year and then when the year was over, they would (so the thought went) turn them in as a gift to the University, sort of get their philanthropic juices flowing.

So I began to spell out "Flyer Pig" and every time I said a letter, I dropped a coin in the bank.  F - a quarter.  L - a quarter.  Y - a quarter.  E - a quarter (I told you I had too much change in my pocket).  On through to G - a quarter.

My daughter looked at me and at how much money was still in my hand and said "His name is Tommy."

T - a quarter.  O -
30th-Dec-2014 12:11 pm - Poem with an Epigraph by Wang Wei


the woman enters the room

and takes off her shirt

in five lines a tanka

graces her belly’s curve

a shower will remove it

he will write another

25th-Jun-2014 10:19 am - Atkins Collected Petrarch
Tim Atkins's Collected Petrarch has arrived from Crater.  A little, solid block of a book, gloriously fat and smaller in size than I had expected--more the size of a medieval prayerbook, say.  I can't say "beautiful" enough--it's like the thing has broken me somewhere.  Beautiful.  Thank you, Richard Parker and Crater.  I have been chasing Petrarch for years.  I expect this to be the most beautiful book I buy this year.
So, I went to see "Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier."  I'll tell you what I told my daughter as soon as it was over.  1). Not as good as "The Avengers," whatever they say.  2). Not enough Arnim Zola.

What interested me most, actually, was the first end credits scene, the one with Baron von Strucker, but Baron von Strucker wasn't the one who interested me.

This is the crazy part.  I wanted to know who the OTHER guy was who Baron von Strucker was talking to in that scene.  He's played (unless I am completely wrong) by a very fine British actor named Henry Goodman.  He could be no one important at all, some Hydra flunkey, but could he be playing Herbert Wyndham, some day to be The High Evolutionary?

Baron von Strucker says that this is the age of "miracles." Coincidence? The panel above is the first appearance of the High Evolutionary (in Thor #134) and there is that word "miracle" in the narration box.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as of this scene, now has a Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.  Because of legal complications with the sale of the X-Men to Fox, Marvel can't use "mutants" to explain their powers.  But what if Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch aren't mutants?  What if, as the scene at the end of "The Winter Soldier" seems to imply, they were created by Hydra using the power of Loki's staff?  What if Loki's staff is the source of the High Evolutionary's ability to evolve his test subjects in the MCU?  To create "miracles"?

The High Evolutionary has an established comic book link to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.  Plus, he is the one who will give the Soul Gem to Adam Warlock.  The Soul Gem is one of the stones Thanos requires to complete the Infinity Gauntlet (which open speculation suggests the entire MCU corpus is leading up to).  Where did the High Evolutionary get it?  In the MCU the answer is: from Loki's staff (which the fannish have been theorizing is one of the Gauntlet gems).

Wild speculation here.  If you need a story for "Thor 3" with an Earthbound Thor, you could run with the events of Thor #134-135 with the High Evolutuionary, Wundagore and the New Men.  In the comic books, HE had nothing at all to do with Hydra, but if you want to make it Thor's part of Hydra clean-up in the wake of "The Winter Soldier," so be it.  (You could bring along Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, if you wanted to.)  HE and the New Men leave Earth at the end of that story, which could serve as the connection between the Earthbound and Spacebound halves of the MCU.  You could follow "Thor 3" up with an Adam Warlock movie OR a "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" introducing Adam Warlock and possibly involving the High Evolutionary's creation of Counter-Earth.

Or this could be nothing at all.
2nd-Apr-2014 01:47 pm - What Are You Waiting For?
A proposed Selected Poems by Jeff Hilson from Egg Box.  They said 2013, but I can hope for 2014.  Can't I?

A Complete Petrarch by Tim Atkins from Crater Press.  June?  (Pre-ordered: Thank you, Crater.)

An Andrew Suknaski Selected from Chaudiere.  Did that happen?  Did that not happen?  Is that going to happen?

There was some loose talk two years ago about a Collected Poems of David Melnick I'm still looking forward to.
14th-Aug-2013 03:30 pm - Things I Know
1. Money is not Speech.  Online comments aren't speech either.  Speech is speech.  Online comments are typing.

2. Corporations do not have religious beliefs.
17th-Jun-2013 01:59 pm - The APA of the Damned (1989-1993)
June 2013 is the twentieth anniversary of the final issue of The APA of the Damned.

There truly is no call to remember it and I'm not planning on making a big deal about it.  The APA of the Damned was a sort of "rump" of the Turbo-Charged Party-Animal APA which had been publishing monthly since about July 1986.  It had become something of a duty and a slog, so in April 1989 a small band of Turbo-Charger ex-pats took it on the lam and created The APA of the Damned #1, with an "exquisite corpse" cover drawn by the founding cabal.  ("Ardent Sex Parasite" #5 in the Turbo-Charged Party-Animal APA #33 (March 1989) actually describes the creation of the cover of APA of the Damned #1.)

To say that it was published on an erratic schedule would be kind.  Five issues were published in 1989, four apiece in 1990, 1991 and 1992, and only two in 1993, for a grand total of nineteen.  Purely for historical interest, I will record the date of each issue of the APA: 1 (April 1989), 2 (June 1989), 3 (August 1989), 4 (October 1989), 5 (December 1989), 6 (March 1990), 7 (May 1990), 8 (August 1990), 9 (December 1990), 10 (February 1991), 11 (June 1991), 12 (September 1991), 13 (November 1991), 14 (January 1992), 15 (March 1992), 16 (June 1992), 17 (September 1992), 18 (February 1993), 19 (June 1993).  The APA was officially disbanded in September 1993 when no one, not even the OE, managed to make the deadline for issue #20.

You can see from the chronology what sort of things would have been covered by discussions in the APA: world events such as the Clarence Thomas hearings and the Parsons-Becker nuptials, as well as such period cultural touchstones as "Twin Peaks," Tim Burton's "Batman," Ren & Stimpy, and MTV's "Liquid Television."  That it had its moment was nice enough; that it chose not to outlive its moment (by more than one or two issues) should be its proudest achievement.
23rd-May-2013 04:07 pm - pronounced licks (for Spike)

tiny white flowers                                in numerous small
umbels seen                                         run waving lorn

arms wilderness                                   star-riven Life-of-man

easily grown                                        in my leaping-time

extinction danger where                      hogs roam singing

each to each                                         a song of

unbearable sweetness                          their own religion

encourages sweating                           like two opossums

of unbearable sweetness                     Caesar none better

bards disappoint dream                       gatefolds papal

sarsaparilla real writ                          in nard in obscene

sobriety on white                                thighs and belly

pray and burn                                     arranged waterfall in
long terminal panicles                        nothing but

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