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Wednesday 25 February 2009


"the old moon in the new moon's arms."


for Vincent

The waxing crescent moon with furred nimbus
Of a cold milky mouse grave October
Blurring into blue dark Mare Nectaris
Endymion ringed with pearly fog
Mare Crisium and Mare Undarum
Old moon yearning in the new moon's arms
Every loose thread left dangling
At dusk Saturn rises out of the ocean
Heavenly waters so tired of waiting
Aquatic constellations swim into view
Aquarius Capricornus Pisces
Venus ascends four a.m. with the tide
White day opening not that far behind it
Swallows tossed wide around a calm sky

(Also known as the Moon's "ashen glow" or "the old Moon in the new Moon's arms", Earthshine is Earthlight reflected from the Moon's night side. A description of Earthshine, in terms of sunlight reflected by Earth's oceans in turn illuminating the Moon's dark surface, was written 500 years ago by Leonardo da Vinci.)

There Are Still Not Enough Stars: John Keats and Lyra (The Lyre)


The whole fate drama hoving into view
Before dawn under the lyric stars...

Young Master Keats was an ostler's son born within earshot of Bow Bells. This tiny Cockney lad bore the social mark of the stables upon him, and the brand of class so deeply habituated into his speech that he would, as he rose in the world, take to self-mockingly imitating his own social awkwardness by abbreviating his name to "Junkets" when in the relaxed company of certain friends. Yet he determined early on--despite the enormity of the ambition, considering his mean class status--to make a name for himself in time to come as among "the English Poets."

At play among the minor magnitudes as a child
Above the Swan and Hoop Keats toys with stars,
Sky bodies dance like tops in agile
Imaginings of his small street boxer's hands.

Rising over London Wall, anchoring the Summer Triangle,
Vega, a bluish white star of major magnitude in Lyra,
Is conspicuous in its passage from the south
Over the smoky fogbound eighteenth century town.

We hear in the Mythologies John Keats read at school--the "light classics" versions of Greek and Latin poets' tales, providing an underprivileged child's tenuous grasp upon infinitely desirable "Realms of Gold"--that Hermes found an empty tortoise shell on the beach and strung seven strings through the holes, and that light shimmered then upon the strings, which when plucked delivered heavenly sounds.

Losing himself into the moment of his studenthood,
Prosing the Aeneid, learning Lemprière by heart,
Scanning, while downstairs Cowden Clarke practised Mozart,
The night sky anatomy of a mythic

Pre-world with its promise of high morning heroism and its
Even higher paradigms of expanding darkness--
Already by some poet instinct knowing that here in the universe
The evening is young, there are still not enough stars...

Hermes swapped this instrument to Apollo for a magic healing staff entwined with snakes. The staff also possessed the ability to render its owner airborne. But Apollo did not feel cheated in the exchange, for he now possessed the divine power of song.

Apollo passed on the power of song to his son, Orpheus, but not without warning him about the special concealed defect of this wonderful gift. Though it was a very strong power, it left you in many ways defenseless, because you could not do harm with it. And the defect concealed in this gift? You might well die for the possessing of it....

All through that aching starlit spring
In Hampstead...

At a literal and historical level, the astronomical Lyra is a sky-sign under which Keats was born. In his life story the poet's lyre appears as a figure of poetic gift--meanwhile also distantly beckoning overhead, through the smoke and gaslight and fog, as that remote constellation in the London night sky.

After a night of whisk and brag and gin and water
At Rice's cardplaying club on Poland Street,
Coming out before dawn under the lyric stars,
Vega conspicuous at the point of the Lyre

At five o'clock of a summer morning encompassing
286 degrees of the London Arabic sky,
The whole fate drama hoving into view,
While the slow making of souls overshadows

Every thing...


Sunday 15 February 2009

The Night of the Life of the Mind



Little Prince basks serene
As an Egyptian god on his barge
On the green cushion, gently breathing

While in his sleep mouselike plays the mind
With its empty toys less real
Than the large drops of rain the nightwind tosses

The night, dark as the flooding of the Nile
The brain, that clouded crystal ball
Blurry with drowned thoughts--

A waterlogged squirrel that gathers
Its nuts to float this dream of words sub noctis
From magic to error, from aether to terra

On the upriver stream toward morning

paintings by Georges de la Tour



Fidelity, after long practice, to
The things that have crossed one's path in life,
Moves one to find "history" in a morning,
A moonlit night, a transitory patch
Of sun upon grass, the turning of a cat's
Sleek head over its shoulder to look back
Into one's eyes, a lifelong lover's touch,
The memory of the shy sweet sidelong
Smile of a friend one may not see again
In "this life"--these things define home
To one now that one lives largely in one's mind--
As though there had ever been any other
Place--once born, once having existed--
In which to somehow locate a world

Because brief hours before fadeout life becomes
A late awakening, much as one assumes
Is the experience of "lost" generations
Whose youth is turned back toward childhood by
Dreams; just so one's own dim youth now at last
Appears a kind of slumber from which the slow
Process of waking took a half century
Or so, as time now opens up its eyes,
Yawns, stretches, struggles in dark to discover
Where it is among whirling things, places, years.
But of course one will never fully emerge
From this fog, nor in one's heart wish to do so,
For mere excursions don't suffice on visits
To dead cities--excavation too's required,
Cries out the hungry unborn poem
Within us, demanding to exist as
If alive


Rosa the Foxfinch



A Meditation Outside the Fertile Grounds Cafe


Ayman just came back from his family
Home in the West Bank. How's the spirit there?
I asked. "Good. Nobody's giving up."
Ayman paused, wiping down the spotless glass top
Of the pastry case one more careful time
Without looking up. Thinking to himself.
"After all, all they want's a little justice."
On the map of the West Bank, that blank space
Just to the left of the town of Bhiddu
Is the village where Ayman's father, one
Of twenty children, was born and raised.
The name of the village means House of Stones
"Because there's a quarry there," but still
It's too small to rate a spot on the map in
The Economist, alongside this story
On the fresh welling up of blood and anger
In my friend's home land, that blank space
Filled with blood and stones. Ayman loves
His trade; in six years he's built from nothing
The coolest little coffee shop on the street;
People like him, he likes them; he makes
Great coffee, his sandwiches are famed, justly;
It's the old American Horatio
Alger Dream, and America's his country.
Every day he gets hundreds of calls
On his cell phone. "But know how many
Calls from people here I take when I'm back
Home?" he smiles. "None. I talk to people
There." And when he goes back home to Beit
Duqqu, America feels far away.
That's the way it feels to me too, but I have
No other home. The photo of the olive tree,
Its roots exposed from the bulldozer cut,
That was up on Ayman's wall last autumn--
Is that a photo of a broken home
Or is it that one's home's always intact
In one's mind as long as one's heart is
Full? I wouldn't begin to know. Tacked
On a phone pole out front of Fertile Grounds
In drifting night mist, a tattered poster
With a picture of a cat's face on it, lost
Near Delaware and Shattuck. It's Momo.
And what's become of poor Momo, now a week
Gone? Tonight, caning into the fog,
I hallucinated a Momo
Sighting downtown. No, just another feral.
Over ferals few sentimental
Tears are shed. A shelter's not a home.
A sanctuary's what everybody needs
These days--the ferals, the street and doorway
People, the drifters in the mist, the bums.
On my way back, as I passed, I saw that
A young Arab girl in headscarf sat weeping
At a table outside Fertile Grounds. Ayman
In his counterman's apron, spick and span,
And Mohamed stood huddled in conference,
Mo holding a cell phone. "She's just lost
Her family, everything," Mo said softly.
"She doesn't have people here. I am
Going to help her." Ayman was talking
To the girl in Arabic, serious, hushed.
Then too Mo, in Arabic, reassuring.
"Don't worry, it will be okay," said Mo--
Switching back to Shattuck Avenue English
For me, the infidel. God is great. May
God bring Momo home if it is His will,
And everybody else along with him,
Whomever that may include--we, living--
And we'll abide in that, and till then hope
That Momo too, pilfering out of the trash
Bins behind the Shattuck eateries,
Will abide likewise. He'll not lack competition.


Classic Japanese Film




Kenji Mizoguchi

Kenji Mizoguchi was born in 1898 to relatively comfortable circumstances in a middle class district of Tokyo, but at age seven found himself caught up in the unfortunate consequences of the unwise business scheming of his overly ambitious father; the family was financially ruined, forced to move to a poorer district, and Mizoguchi's fourteen-year-old sister was put up for adoption and ultimately sold to a geisha house. Mizoguchi's adoration of his mother and sister was balanced by an intense hatred of his father, whose inability to support the family led to the boy -- by this time stricken with an arthritic condition which would become chronic -- being farmed out to relatives. It was only through the sacrifice of his sister that he was able to study art, become a painter, and eventually, in 1923, to begin directing films.

Events and characters from this troubled early life -- a sudden fall in class; the oppressive, self-deluded male authority figure; the selfless, self-sacrificing woman who's ultimately destroyed -- provided the basis of his greatest works: Osaka Elegy, Sisters of the Gion, The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, The Life of Oharu, Ugetsu and Sansho the Bailiff. In these films Mizoguchi brilliantly employs long takes, moving camera and shimmering tableaux to show the futility of the social and philosophical status quo, particularly as it related to women. His mature style is distinguished by a mise-en-scène of exquisite beauty patterned on traditional Japanese painting (whence his preference for high angle shots and sense of human figures lost in the landscape), yet made fluent and wholly cinematic by the elaborate flowing camera movement and choreography of actors on screen. His is a formal style -- in the 1930s a strongly formalist one, later in his postwar films more accommodating to an overarching humanism, but always marked by an unparalleled beauty of images that never deadens the power of his human drama or his sense of outrage against oppression. In his mature films, the thread of fate linking shot to shot, modulated by temporal glissandi that affect us like unexpected key changes in a musical piece, becomes so fine that a metaphysical purpose seems to emerge, the insistent presence of an unseen spiritual element rendering the difference between presence and absence almost indiscernible, even within a single shot.

"Mizoguchi, in line with the oriental approach to art, believed in a continuous unseen thread binding all living and dead things. The task of cinema would be not to represent this [thread] but to actualize its trajectories, to insufflate the fiber of this transcendental universe." -- Gilles Deleuze

It was in about 1936, Mizoguchi later said, that "I was able finally to show life as I see it; it was also from about that time that I developed a technique of shooting an entire sequence in a single cut, the camera always remaining at a certain distance from the action... In shooting in this manner I certainly did not want to inhibit (audience) identification. Rather, I tried to use it... at precisely the most intense psychological moments. During the course of filming a scene, if I feel that a kind of psychological sympathy has begun to develop, then I cannot without regret cut into this. Rather, I then try to intensify, to prolong the scene as long as possible... For a long time I found it difficult to avoid the style of the silent picture -- but at the same time I did want to avoid the close-up, that over-used if classical method of psychological description... Let us say that a man like myself is always tempted by the climate of beauty." The "climate of beauty" Mizoguchi distilled in his films is consistently imbued on the screen with the visual presence of women.

Osaka Elegy (entire film is posted in successive clips)

Geisha Sisters of the Gion (Kenji Mizoguchi) (entire film is posted in successive clips)

Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi) (entire film is posted in successive clips)

Yasujiro Ozu

The great contemporary of Kenji Mizoguchi, and in many ways his stylistic opposite, was Yasujiro Ozu (born 1903). Domestic tales drained of traditional dramatic highs and lows were Ozu's forte: whether poignant or gently comic, they focus tenderly on (often misunderstood) communication between ordinary people, dealing, for example, with a parent's concern that a daughter should marry, or a battle of wills between parents and faintly rebellious young children. Repeatedly returning to the same relatively minor domestic crises, Ozu fashioned an amazingly rich series of variations on a handful of themes, paring down his visual and narrative style, and steadily refining his delicately observed studies of emotional dilemmas to reflect a stoic but generous view of human nature and a resigned acceptance of life's vicissitudes. Among Ozu's key films are Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family, Late Spring, Early Summer, Tokyo Story, Early Spring, An Autumn Afternoon.

A signature feature in Ozu's work is his standard low-angle medium-distance shot, with the camera normally positioned three feet off the ground, and occasionally a foot and a half higher -- i.e. always well below eye level of a standing adult. This low angle is used in every shot. Visiting Ozu's home, American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch saw the camera tripod Ozu himself had designed. It had two positions which locked the camera into place at either one of those two low positions. "Ozu had no need for alternate possibilities," Jarmusch noted. "These limitations would instead define the core of his style." One visual result of the Ozu low-angle position is to keep all lines in the frame -- most often rectangular planes, defined by the low angle, as against the high-angle rhomboidal compositions of his contemporary Mizoguchi -- in generally the same pattern from shot to shot.

Distinct from Ozu's static-camera method is the "floating" approach enabled by the relentlessly mobile camera of Ozu's contemporary Mizoguchi. The result of Mizoguchi's method is a geometricization of space into shifting "zones" or "stations". Ozu's perfectly fixed stillness and Mizoguchi's more fluid, "spacy" stillness yield a slightly different "feel."

"His structure and arrangement are so precise," the Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien has said of Ozu. "He was able to create a special atmosphere to reflect his deep thinking about his time in Japan, a profound feeling. His expression was incisive and vivid. It is so precise, like an engineer. He had a profound understanding of the change in Japanese society. He processed the meaning and feeling of life: After World War Two, the defeat of Japan and the process of rebuilding of Japan, there were a lot of changes and industrialization, there was a lot of worry; he added this worry to his movies, his feeling of life, making it thicker. "

Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu)(excerpts) Spring: The time-image:)

Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu) (closing scenes--two women)

Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu) (trailer & excerpts)

An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu)(closing scene)

Mikio Naruse

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Mikio Naruse)(excerpt))
A Hen in the Wind (Mikio Naruse) (excerpt)

Yearning (Mikio Naruse) (trailer)


Christmas Eve of the New Depression year
And as usual Toribio's at his station
In the doorway of the French Hotel cafe
Philosophical, diffident, unhurried
Among his compadres, exchanging words
Now and then with tonight's counter man
Jesus, the joven whose brother-in-law
Cecilio even now tends counter three
Blocks south at Fertile Grounds--the useful
Underground railroad of coffee servers
Floor moppers and sink and basin scrubbers,
Without whom no necessary caffeine jolt
Of temporary cognitive enhancement
To keep anxious Christmas shoppers bent
To last minute buying rounds--the street's high end
Food markets overrun now by busy crowds
Of cautiously intent-on-consuming
Festive season celebrants; Toribio
However half skeptical looks upon
It all and comments bargain sales are good
Business this year, this is good for
Everybody. Is Toribio
Serious? I can't make this out, then later
Chastise myself for doubting, and tell
Toribio so. He nods understanding
It's my fate accorded me by my name
That of the doubting Saint who insisted
On sticking a dubious finger in the wound
In the side of Jesus--the earlier one
I mean, the one born in Bethlehem,
So long ago. Toribio is thirty
Three, same age at which the original
Jesus died, as I once suggested
While he stood on a Saturday night watching
The fancy muchachas prance up Shattuck past
The French--slouched against the bricks, checking
Out the beauteous piernas largas
And sipping an Anchor Steam from a brown
Paper bag. When Toribio washes
Dishes across the street some nights a week
The money he makes he sets aside,
Eats lightly, rides a bike, lets time go by
And on the weekend buys two twenty-
Fours of Anchor and goes through one per
Night, his humor minimally improved,
His philosophy deepened, his mood made
More serene yet his nocturnal routine
Unaltered, and on one such night I
Bring up his age conjunction with Jesus
And ask him, doubting, Toribio do you
Think Jesus had a good time? Of course he did
Says Toribio, he had life didn't he?
And if there were Anchor Steam, Toribio,
In Jesus' time, would that have made his life good?
Somber Toribio nods, por supuesto.

Toribio has no family here yet does,
Toribio will spend Christmas with friends
Toribio's Christmas present to himself
--He's already told me, and when he did
I made a pretend fist, chucked his wind
Breakered shoulder and said Que hombre,
Muy fuerte,
with sincerity--will be ten
Twenty-fours, which he will make grace with joy
The ten days of his migrant's Christmas.

In Toribio there is some Vasquez
Family blood from back in Jalisco
And some Gonzalez, and the Gonzalez
Blood connects Toribio with his namesake
Santo Toribio Romo Gonzalez
The Santo Pollero or Holy Illegal
Alien Smuggler--a Saint, canonized
In Dos Mil by Papa Paulo Dos. All this
I learned one cold full moon night in November,
It was a Saturday night, the pretty young
Woman who cleans the rooms was dancing
And singing--a good feeling in the air--
She insisted the moon was not quite full,
Toribio's bantamweight-sized hermano
Lucho the Antonio Margarito
Fan insisted good natured la luna esta
when I tilted my head I could see both
Points of view and said so, and at that moment

Toribio said Santo Toribio
Is here. Quien I said? Santo Toribio,
He said, he is alive, he is here. I looked around.
Traffic was rolling up the street. The moon
Sat upon the tops of a few scant bare branches
Above the post office. He is everywhere,
Said Toribio. He comes when you need him.
I now know he spoke then of his ancestor
And namesake, the patron saint of the needy
Migratores, who appears in the night
To help them get across the river, provides
Food and water at the other side, soothes
Fevered brows in the desert crossing, heals
Snake bite. I felt a chill in my spine
As Toribio first explained all this that
Full moon night, a ghost story about a Scarlet
Pimpernel priest dead these eighty years,
Killed by federales in his sleep, in
Santa Ana, near Jalostotitlan,
Jalisco. If you need him he will come.
He is here, he is there, he is everywhere.

As the nights went by and times got harder
And nights got colder, I more than once quizzed
Toribio as to when the Saint
Might be expected to show up, given
The evident ambient state of need
On this street of illegals and bodies
Huddled in doorways more numerous
Each night. Toribio sneered
As though I had no idea of the true meaning
Of need. Que, no lo necessitamos?
Toribio shook his head. If saints
Had to come every time you need them
There would have to be many saints, muchos
not just one, Toribio said.

Snow Leopard



The New World


Eruptions of starlight, joy and gladness
As, at 10:30 p.m. on Shattuck, the New
World dawns with shouts of “Yes we can!”
From young persons thronging the clogged street.
The street people, however, are just trying
To get some sleep. I infer this from the body-
Bundles I see huddled in every alcove. But why,
In the rapture of intoxicated victory
I glimpse around me, do I insist on this
Dissonant note? “A complete curmudgeon,”
Gentle Dorothy once called me, in
Exasperation, accurately,
I cannot deny. Aye, O Friend! I fear there are
What are lately called Depression Issues
At work here. How tiresome, really.
By Depression do I mean the mental kind
And am I signalling I “need help”? Some,
I’m told, might well secretly think so.
“And maybe they’re right, William,” tenders
Gentle Dorothy from across the hearthside.
The nights are growing sharp, November
In the Cumberlands, ancient aching joints,
Getting up in the dark and seeing your breath,
Bad patches of thatch to fix before frost
Closes in and fingers, too numb for labors,
Withdrawn into religious half-mittens.

There were street people in William’s village
Too. But in knowable communities
That which is often seen soon becomes known,
Thus accepted and not stepped over
As if inhuman, insignificant
Or nonexistent. Naturally William,
Who saw the poetry in everything,
Perceived the poetic aspect of this--
Particularly after coming back from
London, where the bewildering urban
Alienation and estrangement
Had already long since taken hold.
Awed have I been by strolling Bedlamites,
He writes in Book XII of The Prelude,
Referring to the road-wandering not-
Quite-normals of that not-so-remote epoch,
From many other uncouth Vagrants pass’d
In fear, have walk’d with quicker step; but why
Take note of this? When I began to inquire,
To watch and question those I met, and held
Familiar talk with them, the lonely roads
Were school to me in which I daily read
With most delight the passions of mankind,
There saw into the depth of human souls,
Souls that appear to have no depth at all
To vulgar eyes.
I like that. To me it feels
More considerate toward the Bedlamites
Than the shrieking street partygoers
To the street people trying to sleep this night
Of victory through, unnoticing. It’s
Their right, one might almost say, acknowledging
In the same breath that they have no rights.
Who needs a loud victory party
When all you want to do is lay your body
Down in a shop doorway, wrap your thin fleece sack
Around you, and chase a few winks. Morning
Wake-up on the street comes at five--with the light,
Now that Standard Time’s back, and the clatter
And roar of garbage trucks and street cleaners.

“I have to get out of my negative
Comfort zone,” Angelica’s wise cousin
Peter Heinegg, Ph. D., joked
Ahead of the election, anticipating
A liberal landslide that would leave
Him little content for further volumes
Of social criticism. His That Does It:
Desperate Reflections on American
comes with the dedication
“For Angelica--I had to dash off a
Few more jeremiads before Obama
Comes and drags me out of my negative
Comfort zone.”
This reminded me of a work
Whose title has always strangely intrigued
Me: Granville Hicks’ I Like America.
My tattered paperback copy cost
Fifty cents in 1938. “A native
Sees his country as it is and as
It might be,”
the subtitle goes. And it’s not
Just a rose-colored-spectacle gloss
Of a book: Nobody Starves--Much--perhaps
The chapter most pertinent to the scenes
I see on the streets as each night I pass
By--discusses such uncomfortable
Subjects as that phenomenon thought
Of, as recently as the Eighties,
As pure anachronism: the American
Street beggar. Enough for Everybody
Is another chapter. And The Freeing
Of America
. And Can We Work
But even with bread lines still fresh
And vivid in his mind, Hicks remains
Able to build his vision upon an America
Of known and knowable communities
That no longer exists in the world of lies
The no less honest or idealistic
Peter Heinegg needs must begin from.

Her other cousin Paul sent us a picture of
His wife Rita, a black woman, and himself,
Embracing Barack Obama, smiles all
Around. Paul had signed up fifteen hundred
Voters for the cause. Gentle line of second
Generation Americans, the Heineggs.
Paul like Peter with his brood of bright kids: So
That now, as another cousin puts it, this clan
Of transplanted Austrians has a new branch:
The Black Heineggs, citizens of the New
World that this morning has its dawn. What
I mean, O Friend! is, please don’t take my lines
To mean I’m tempted to sell the New World short.

On campus the night is again cool, dark, and
Almost empty under the dripping canopy of tall
Eucalypti by the Genetics labs. Junior,
In which a character portrayed by
The present governor of California
Is seen to become “with child”, somewhat
Like Mary toward Bethlehem to wend--
Only it’s not immaculate conception
But expert science by brainy Emma
Thompson that works the supra-natural
Magic--had these labs as its fictional
Location. Well do I recall the ten long
Widebody movie production trucks
Lined up like supersized camels of
Hollywood Magi, as far as the parking
Kiosk. Not even UCLA Boosters,
When Bears host Bruins, boast that big
A bus fleet. A world is going on and constantly
Changing, changing. The Election Night
Sea of celebrants has ebbed. Away
From the crowds of tooting screaming white
People on Shattuck, five young blacks loiter
In the shadow of the labs. Four males and a
Girl. Smoking and quietly larking.
The biggest dude--athletic, in a STRIKE
FORCE windbreaker--talks quietly on cell.
The girl reels between them, singing softly
“He loves you,” and “he loves you,” and “he loves
You” as she goes. Each of her friends accepts
This news in turn, without any expression
I can detect. As I skulk past, not wishing
To spoil what appears the lowest-key
And best victory party of the night,
The girl, whirling, floats up to ancient me.
“And he loves you,” she sings with eyes and smile
That say, I guess, You may be surprised by
What’s coming.
And I go on my way.

Tree Fern



Two Favourite Films


Waiting for Happiness

(Abderrahmane Sissako)

At the threshold of a world (a language-learning sequence):

Interview with director Abderrahmane Sissako, talking about Waiting for Happiness:


Syndromes and a Century

(Apitchatpong Weerasethakul)

From Part One--the village:

Monk playing guitar:

The doctor and the orchid man (confessing your love) / At the night party (the dentist's musical offering):

Two women (the eclipse):

From Part Two--in the hospital (city):

The doctor's kiss:

After the doctor's kiss--in the corridor:

[Bangkok afternoon aerobics: same urban phenomenon featured at end of film:]



A very good raccoon page here:

with pictures, and recordings of raccoon noises. Recommendation: don't play the noises while your cat is in the room.


Born Yesterday

The concept of evil, as long ago
Symbolized by the devil, has evolved
Over centuries into the concept
Of men, as delineated by (let's
Call her) Naima, Halloween night
At Fertile Grounds, where she stood
Demurely chatting with Ayman, the handsome
Proprietor (think Omar Sharif
With soul and twinkle) at closing time,
As I poked my ancient nose in and said
"Trick or treat." Ayman offered a knuckle
Bump solidarity hello--alone there
By the counter with lovely young Naima,
Who, when I said, What's new, smiled
Ever so sweetly and said, "Men are evil!"
Feeling it ungracious to disagree
I didn't, for a moment. But then--
Well, solidarity is solidarity.
"What about Ayman?" I said. "Ayman
Doesn't look evil to me." Naima
Fixed upon Ayman a glance of great
Critical probity, smiled and said, "Hmm,"
A moment passed, pregnant, perhaps
With reconsideration. Exceptions
Prove rules are basically dumb,
And really, that's the trouble, after all,
With generalization. And what of love?
"Isn't love," I ventured, "a matter of
Recognizing someone has flaws
And trying to help them limit the damage?"
More thought. "Yes, that's exactly what it is,"
Naima said. And to myself I said,
One point for a draw, quit while you're not losing.
I fell out the door, squeezing between raindrops.
Two ten-year-old girls walked past, one with horns,
The other peeping from a full body cast.
You forgot your treat, Ayman called out,
Holding up a bag of old pastries
From the "Born Yesterday" basket.


All Saints (Shattuck Avenue, Early New Depression)


6.43.2 How things are in the world is a matter of complete indifference for what is higher. God does not reveal himself in the world. The facts all contribute only to setting the problem, not to its solution.
6.44 It is not how things are in the world that is mystical, but that it exists.
6.45 To view the world sub specie aeterni is to view it as a whole--a limited whole.
Feeling the world as a whole--it is this that is mystical.

- -- Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

a'bject. A man without hope; a man whose miseries are irretrievable.

But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together; yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not.
They did tear me, and ceased not. Psalms XXX, 15.

- - -Johnson's Dictionary


I've found all saints lost at midnight in the rain
Seek shop doorways fit to lay their bodies down
And dwell upon the sins that have expelled them:
Those sins, O Friend, which they perceive as wounds

Inflicted they know neither why nor by whom,
Nor in defiance of what remorseless laws.
The wind that rakes the street is unforgiving,
Warmth but a memory, winter coming on,

The concrete cold, the cardboard pallet sodden,
God far away, but unfortunately not Man,
Who motors past to get to bars or home,
Completely unaware they're bedding there,

Splashing sheets of grey water out of puddles
That wash over them in chill waves they may
If they so choose trust to wash their sins away,
Dimly aware at last they're given something.




Even on the mean concrete streets
Of Berkeley there are lost deer at night
This time of year, run off the hills, descending
To look for water and, not finding it,
Settling for nibbling the leaves of rose
And other bushes in people's back yards

Last fall this time, standing in the daytime rush
Hour street out front, now vacant this once
Because it was peaceful three in the morning
I heard familiar light tap dancer steps
On pavement that alerted me to
A presence I knew could not be another

Clumsy human like me, turned and saw close by,
Surprised as I was by our chance meeting,
Ears cocked toward me and likewise frozen,
A big deer, calculating whether to make
A run for safety yet no doubt in the same
Moment aware in cities there's no safety

For deer--we stood both thus transfixed,
Till I looked away, knowing in this turning
I would allow our night encounter to end--
As so it did, for in those seconds more
Light footsteps told me the visitor was
Moving away up into darkness toward...?

Saturday 14 February 2009


19th century greetings card, artist unknown

Here are links to the individual post entries, in alphabetical order:

A Basket of Snakes
Abdellatif Laâbi: One hand isn't enough to write with
Abel Evans: On Sir John Vanbrugh (The Architect)
Above the Terraces
Abundance: Hooded Crow (Gilbert White)
Access and Closure: Mahmoud Darwish: O those who pass between fleeting words
Accidents (Harry M. Rhoads)
"A child's things speak..." (Joseph Cornell)
A Collapsing Sign

A Crazy American Girl
Across the Dark Peaks, On the Withered Moor
A Crowd of Strangers
A Crowd of Strangers (II): The Waiver (Imaging the Imaging of History)
A Day at the Beach
A Day in the Sun

A Difference
Aditya Bahl: When I went to buy ENO for Ashish at 7:30
A Door in the Wall

Adrift: Hölderlin: Zu Sokrates Zeiten / In the Days of Socrates
Ad Marginem / Men and Women
A Fairy Tale
A Feeling of Emptiness

A Few Steps Back
A Flock of Birds
"A free market wonder..."
After Grimsvötn: Something's Gonna Change Your World (An Inhuman Enormity of Scale)
After the Deluge
After the Fire
After the Land Rush: in the Nature Theatre
After the Land Rush: Under the Bridge
After the Squall (for Robert Duncan)
After the Taking of the Ship
After Wang Wei
A Girl from Kentucky (The Pure Products of America, Much Later)
A God in the House
A Guide to Men

Ah -- There
A.J.M. Smith: The Archer

A language of sand and rock (Walter Benjamin: A Lamp)
Alba Marina (After Malaparte)
Alexander Pope: The various Off'rings of the World
Allen Upward: The Waterspout: Strength Turning Inside Out
A Light in the Window
A Little Mystery

Allen Ginsberg: A Supermarket in California
Allen Ginsberg: Plutonian Ode
All Fall Down

"All I want to do..."
All Saints, Revenant
All Saints (Shattuck Avenue, Early New Depression)
All Souls Night
"All the great ideologies..."
All Thought
"Als Kind verliert sich eins im stilln..."
Alternating Current
A Meditation Outside the Fertile Grounds Cafe
American Bison
America (Razor Sharp Cuts)

America the Beautiful: Crossing the Painted Road
Amiri Baraka: Monday in B-Flat

Amy Gerstler: Fuck You Poem # 45
An Actuality
An American Way of Life
An Amour: from Boswell's London Journal, 1762-1763
And Again to the Stars
And Not a Drop To Drink: William Carlos Williams: The Yachts
And Now to the Stars
Andreas Feininger: Magnitudes (Metals, Utah, 1942)
Andrei Codrescu: driving
Andrew Marvell: Bermudas
Andrew Marvell: Damon the Mower
Andrew Marvell: By the River Wharfe
Andrew Marvell: Green Thought
Andrew Marvell: The Definition of Love
Andrew Marvell: The Mower to the Glo-Worms
Andrew Marvell: The Picture of little T. C. in a Prospect of Flowers
Andrew Marvell: The Wars and Fortunes Son: Cromwell's Coup d'État
Anecdote of the Exploding Jar

Ángel de piedra
Animal Memory
A New Light
An Idea of Order (Wallace Stevens)
Animula Vagula, Blandula
Anna Akhmatova: Crucifixion (from Requiem)
Anna Wickham: The Fired Pot
Another Obscure Reverie
Anselm Hollo: Bright Moments

Anselm Hollo: Sitting in Peaceful Lamplight
Anselm Hollo: Somewhere
Anselm Hollo: To Be Born Again
An Unnoticeable Star
Anxious Passer
Anyone There?

Approaching Storm Front
Approaching the 50th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement
"A point is fixed..."
A Polyester Notion
A Pool in Palestine

A Precarious Stability
April Fools
A Question of Public Safety
Aram Saroyan: lighght / morni,ng (with Springs, Stream, Ruins and a Kentucky Common Grackle)
Aram Saroyan: night
Aram Saroyan: Replication and Variation (bird bird bird / eyeye)
Aram Saroyan: T. C.
Arctic Cold Snap
Area Under Surveillance

A Revolutionary Arcadia
Arnold Bennett: The Religion of Football
Art, Advertising, History: Boris Artzybasheff
Art and Exchange: Thomas Rowlandson: Ackermann's Microcosm of London
Arthur Rothstein: A Sign of the Times
Arthur Rothstein: Butte, Night
Arthur Rothstein: Death in Matamoros
Arthur Rothstein: Dry Land Grazing (Idaho, 1936)
Arthur Rothstein: Submarginal: Arkansas, 1935
Arthur Siegel: Better-Dressed Young Women, Detroit, 1941-1942
Arthur Siegel: Emanations of the Giant
Arthur Siegel: Women of the Home Front, Detroit, 1941
Arthur Tress: City of Ashes ("Ashamed of my eyes that behold it")

Artificial Light
Asger Schnack: Aqua
A Slice of Empty
A Slice of Life As Bleeding Cheesecake
Assembling the War Machine: The Feeling of a New Security
As the Human Village Prepares for Its Fate
"As we go on living..."
At Life
At Malibu (Prehistory Version)
At Matanaka Farm

At Nightfall

At the Fair (I): Pie Town
At the Fair (II): Reality
At the Fair (III): Jockey Street/Juke Joint
At the Life Opera
At the Movies
A Trip on the Santa Fe
A Trip to Erie and Hygiene
A Trophy
August 6, 1969
A Une Jeune Fille
Autumn (Keats, Winchester, 1819)
Avalanche Control
Avenue with No Name
A Very Lost Fish
A Voice Out of the Fog
A Warm Situation (Keats, Winchester, Autumn 1819)
A Western
A Wide Wilderness
A Wild Goose Chase
A Wild Poppy
Babe Ruth -- And You Are There
Bach's Booty
Back Up the Bus for the Messianic Mite
Bad Neighbors


Bare Hug at Tea Party
Baseball and Classicism
Bashô's Frog
Bashô: snow-viewing
Baudelaire: The Albatross
Beat the Clock
Beautiful Thing
"Because the asking..."
"Because they are desiring..."
Beer: street wisdom (a story about the Pilgrims)

Beneath the Glacier
Benjamin on Mescaline: The Secret of Struwwelpeter, or What Happens to Bad Little Boys
Ben Jonson: An Epitaph on S. P.
Ben Jonson: Hymn to Diana (Huntress Moon)

Ben Jonson: On some-thing, that walkes some-where ("It comes to life!")
Ben Shahn: Circleville, Ohio, Summer 1938 / William Blake: The Divine Image

Ben Shahn: Fair Season, Ohio, 1938
Bernard Fall: Death on The Street Without Joy
Bertolt Brecht: Alles wandelt sich / Everything Changes
Bertolt Brecht: Bei der Lektüre eines spätgriechischen Dichters / Reading a Late Greek Poet
Bertolt Brecht: Hollywood
Bertolt Brecht: Reading Horace / They Drive by Night
Bertolt Brecht: Schwierige Zeiten / Difficult Times
Bertolt Brecht: The God of War (Der Kriegsgott)
Bertolt Brecht: The Learner (Der Lernende)
Bertolt Brecht: When in my white room at the Charité
Bertolt Brecht: Why Should My Name Be Mentioned?

Best Intentions
Beth Copeland: My Life as a Slut
Beyond Fargo / In the West
Beyond the Mission, Under the Fortune Palms

Big Boss
Billboard Mirage
Birdsong (1820)

Bison Skull Pile
Bits (Party Time)
"Black cars throb..."
Black Doorways: Empire State, 1937
Black-Necked Stilt
Blank (Don't be late)

Blindfold Test (Won't You Have Some?)
Blindman's Buff

Blown Away

Blue Dress
Blue Evening on Poetry Street
Blue Heaven

Blue Spring
Body Search

Born-Again Christmas
Born Yesterday

Boyd Norton: Strip Mines, Spoil Piles and the Myth of Reclamation

Breach of Trust
Breakfast with Kissinger
Breaking the Ice
Breathing the Light
Brecht: Die Opiumräucherin
Brecht: The Mask of Evil
Brecht: The Stone Fisherman
Bridge Broke Down
Bright Ideas

Broken Back Run: Corbin Hollow, Old Rag and Nethers People, Blue Ridge
Broken Stars 
Bruegel's Proverbs
Bugs ate this lake clean

Bureau of the Abandoned
Bury Your Car
Buson: Fish Trap
Buson: Plovers
Buson: The fox
Buson: Winter Rain
"But how far do I have to go?"

But Not to Worry
But Really It's OK
Byron on Keats (from Deep Keats Scrolls)
By the Sound
Camus, Zidane and the Absurdity of Football
Canadian Sunset
Capital Venture
Captain America

Carel Fabritius: The Goldfinch
Carl Mydans: In the Shadow of the Capitol, 1935 (I): Dwelling
Carl Mydans: In the Shadow of the Capitol, 1935 (II): Poor White
Carl Mydans: Unknowable Communities
Carl Mydans: Narrow Street / Samuel Beckett: neither
Carl Mydans: Trapped
Carl Spitzweg: Back to Books
Caspar David Friedrich and the Inner Dictation of Landscape

Catch (Winchester, Fall 1819)

Cat's Eye
Cat Telephone
Cayenne (Keats, February-March 1819)
Céline in the Baltic I: Arrival / Klarskovgaard (Spring)
Céline in the Baltic II: Sails / Fanehuset (Summer)
Céline in the Baltic III: Gravity / Skovly (Fall-Winter)
Céline in the Baltic IV: Pursuit / Exile (Winter-Spring)
Certain Domestic Cats of Japan, 1720-1878
Certain Notable Moments in the Papal Succession
César Vallejo: Piedra negra sobre una piedra blanca (Black stone on top of a white stone)
César Vallejo: Trilce LVIII

Charles Bukowski: Girl In A Miniskirt Reading The Bible Outside My Window
Charles Bukowski: startled into life like fire
Charles Burchfield: The Insect Chorus (1917-1920)
Charles Burchfield: Realism
Charles O'Rear: California Coastal Development: The Creeping Advance
Charles O'Rear: Land of Dust and Plenty 

Charles Lamb to Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Certain Theological Propositions (1798)
Charles Murray: The Whistle

Charlie Vermont: Arrowhead
Charlie Vermont: Knowledge of Love and Possession  
Charlie Vermont: Presbyterian Nurse
Charlie Walsh: The Health Story

Charlotte Mew: Sea Love
Charlotte Mew: A Quoi Bon Dire

Chatter Tones
Cherokee in Snow

Chicharito: How Did He Do That?
Chidiock Tichborne: The End

Children of the Future
Children's Games

City: An Illusion of Control

Christina Georgina Rossetti: A House of Cards
Christina Georgina Rossetti: Who has seen the wind? (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)
Christmas Market

Clarice Lispector: Mine of Mirrors

Clarice Lispector: The Archer (A Part of the Future)
Clark Coolidge: Library of Hay (at Manikin Lake, with Onyx Dolls)

Clark Coolidge: The Center of My Providence
Classic Clown
Classic Japanese Film
Clean Sheets
Climate Change: Dangerous Science Down Under
Closing Down

Clouds Above the Playing Fields at Sunset, Winter
Cloud Forest
Clouds, moon...
Club Sahara
"Cold floating days..." (Solstice)
Cold Snap
Colour Separation
Comic Interpretation
Common Goals



Conjunction (Appulse)
Constantine P. Cavafy: Che fece ... il gran rifiuto (The Great Refusal) 
Constantine P. Cavafy: The God Abandons Antony
Constantine P. Cavafy: Trojans
Cooper and Bogart: The Hero (Manny Farber)
Copper (Poem Composed After the Manner Prescribed by Bocage)
Country Matters (Sonnet: "The orgasm completely...")
Cotton Mill Towns: Owner and Workers
Council on Time
Courtship Season (European Bee-eater)

Cowboys and Coca-Cola
Creatures of What Gods? (Abandoned Animals, Exclusion Zone, Fukushima Prefecture)
Credible Threat
Crested Wood Partridge (Rollulus roloul)
Crisis on the Savannah
Crux (A Bumpersticker)
Cuidado (Robinson Jeffers: Fire on the Hills)

Curzio Malaparte: A Basket of Oysters (A Visit with Ante Pavelić)
Curzio Malaparte: An Aeolian Greyhound
Curzio Malaparte: A Rose from the Executioner
Curzio Malaparte: Dis, the Infernal City
Curzio Malaparte: Girls in the Wheatfields, Romania, 1941
Curzio Malaparte: High Tide: Ukraine, 1942
Curzio Malaparte: Into the Ukraine

Curzio Malaparte: Naked Men
Curzio Malaparte: Stalin: A Portrait (1929)
Curzio Malparte: The Bolshevik Coup d'Etat and Trotsky's Tactics of Insurrection, 1917
Curzio Malaparte: The Smell of Scorched Iron: Ukraine, Summer 1941
Curzio Malaparte: The Technique of Coup d'Etat, 1931
Daily News
Daily News (Downtown)


Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore: Baseball Stadium Epiphany
Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore: Cancer
Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore: Of My Mother, 92, with Alzheimer's

Danny Lyon: Second Ward, El Paso (1972)
Danny Lyon: Summer in the Inner City, 1974

Dark Continent
Dark Luna (after Vallejo)
Darwish: I'm from There
Darwish: Rita and the Rifle
David Falconer: Out of Gas in Potlatch
Dawn Moon

Day Detail--Low Light of Afternoon
Decoys (November 1820)
De Ira Dei
Delmore Schwartz: The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me
Delmore Schwartz: When Many Hopes Were Dead and Most Disguises

Denis Glover: The Magpies
Desert Flowers : You (V) (After Hölderlin)

D. H. Lawrence: Baby Tortoise
D. H. Lawrence: Bat

D. H. Lawrence: Delight of Being Alone
D. H. Lawrence: Dies Irae
D. H. Lawrence: Grief

D. H. Lawrence: Humming-Bird
D. H. Lawrence: Independence Day (the annual pleasantry)
D. H. Lawrence: Like snake marks on the sand
D. H. Lawrence: London Mercury
D. H. Lawrence: Man and Bat (Hung Out to Dry)

D. H. Lawrence: Rabbit in the House
D. H. Lawrence: Relativity
D. H. Lawrence: Self-Pity

D. H. Lawrence: Sorrow
D. H. Lawrence: The Grudge of the Old
D. H. Lawrence: Things Made by Iron
D. H. Lawrence: Things Men Have Made

D. H. Lawrence: To Women, As Far As I'm Concerned
D. H. Lawrence: Whatever Man Makes
Día de los Muertos
Dick Swanson: Diamond in the Back: Chain Links and Row Houses, Philadelphia, 1973 (I)
Dick Swanson: Diamond in the Back: Chain Links and Row Houses, Philadelphia, 1973 II)
Digital v. Duct Tape, Baltasound

Diminishing Perspective

Dimitar Berbatov: Touch of Genius as The Stranger
Dirce: A Set (Landor/Pound)
Dishing The Lady of Shalott (Maurice Baring: The Camelot Jousts)
Dispossessed: Dorothea Lange
Dispossessed: Matt Black
Distant Thunder
Divine Dancers
Doom Forest

Double Feature
Doris Lessing on Lawrence's The Fox
Dorothea Lange: Chatham County, North Carolina
Dorothea Lange: Granville County, North Carolina
Dorothea Lange: Person County, North Carolina
Dorothea Lange: San Francisco, seen from the Bay Bridge, July 1955
Dorothea Lange: That Was Then
Dorothea Lange: Wake County, North Carolina
Dorothea Lange: Whitfield Family, Person County, North Carolina
Dorothy Day: True Security

Dorothy Parker: Comment
Dot (Impersonality)
Doug Lang: Rogaine Bunny Sonnet

Dousing Dissent with Bubbly
Dover Beach
Down by the River

Dragonfly Worlds
Dreams of the Blue Morpho
Dürer: The Quarry
Dusky Semaphore
Dust Devil Days

Earth: From a Distance
Earth: Near to Far
Earthly Reckonings: At least my flowers! At least my songs!
Easter Sunday
Edouard Vuillard: "Conceive of / a picture..."
Ed Sanders: Light Show of the Gods
Ed Sanders: What is connectedness?
Eduardo Galeano: Maradona
Edward Burtynsky: Irreconcilable Emotions: Aerial Views of the Gulf Spill

Edward Dorn: After Ore / William Henry Jackson: Hydraulic Mining, Madison County, Montana, 1871
Edward Dorn: A Vague Love
Edward Dorn: Dark Ceiling
Edward Dorn: 1st Avenue

Edward Dorn: Goodbye to the Illinois
Edward Dorn: Hemlocks
Edward Dorn: In My Youth I Was a Tireless Dancer
Edward Dorn: Like a Message on Sunday
Edward Dorn: Notes from the Fields: An Exaltation of Larks, a Murder of Crows
Edward Dorn: On the Debt My Mother Owed to Sears Roebuck
Edward Dorn's Blue Cowboy (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)

Edward Dorn: The Air of June Sings
Edward Dorn: The Common Lot
Edward Dorn: The 6th
Edward Dorn: The Sundering U.P. Tracks / William Henry Jackson: Rock Cuts along the Union Pacific, 1869
Edward Dorn: Tribe
Edward Lear: Cold are the crabs
Edward Lear: Perfectly Silly (A Book of Nonsense, 1846)
Edward Lear: There Was An Old Man of Cape Horn
Edward Lear: There Was An Old Man Who Screamed Out
Edwin Denby: On the Home Front -- 1942
Edwin Denby: Roaring City

Edwin Denby: The Street
Edwin Denby: The Subway
Edwin Markham: In Death Valley

Edwin Muir: Horses
Edwin Muir: Post-Apocalyptic: The Horses
e. e. cummings: [In Just-] (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)

Egg Money

Egypt, Everything
Egypt, Everything Moves
Eight Billion Tons of What America Got Out of Kentucky (Eastern Coalfields, Then and Now)
Eighty Degrees
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin: Studying the Language

Elaine Equi: The Natural (on TC: Light and Shade)

Elephant Cemetery
Elvis, Undercover ("You must be kidding")
El Paso
Emily Dickinson: Glory
Emily Jane Brontë: "All hushed and still within the house" (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)

Emily Jane Brontë: Remembrance
Emily Jane Brontë: "The night is darkening round me"

Empathy (Keats, Fall 1818)
Empire of Skin: frustrations of the hunt / Edward S. Curtis: Indians of the Northwest Coast  
Empty Boat (Purple Swamphen)
Empty Space

Empty Vessel

Enigma of Arrival and Departure
Entertainment Medium
Epiphenomenal (Morning After)
Epitaph for Rent
Epitaph to Let (traditional burial package) 
Escape from New York (Not)
Eternity Time Share Rebus
Et in Arcadia Ego (Pastoral)
Euripides: Hecuba (The Fall of Troy)

Evening Star
Evening Train

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Every Day
Every Day (Again)

Everything Flows
Ezra Pound: And before hell mouth (from Canto  XVI) 
Ezra Pound: A Paradise Lost (Notes for Canto CXX)
Ezra Pound: As toward a bridge over worlds
Ezra Pound: Lynx
Ezra Pound: Farfalla in Tempesta
Ezra Pound: Separation on the River Kiang
Ezra Pound: Seven Lakes
Ezra Pound's Hodge-Podge (Robert Duncan to H.D.)
Ezra Pound: Taking Leave of a Friend
Ezra Pound: The black panther lies under his rose-tree
Ezra Pound: The gods have never left us / Rock's World (from Canto CXIII)
Ezra Pound: The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter
Everything Changes (After Brecht: Alles wandelt sich)
Expiration Date

False Confidences at Sea (Aboard the Maria Crowther, September 1820)
False Sunrise
Fala Is Under the Table

Farewell to Romney
Farewell Sweet Prince

Fear of Falling: Infinite Recursion 
February 5 (for A.)
Federico García Lorca: De Profundis
Feeding the Nation
Fernando Pessoa: A Shrug of the Shoulders
Fernando Pessoa: Blank Page
Fernando Pessoa: Inscriptions (from English Poems)
Fernando Pessoa: Inscription XIII ("The thought whole... like a pitcher spilt")

Fernando Pessoa: On An Ankle
Feelers: Wittgenstein
Feeling for the Ground
Fidelity (Later)
Final Farewell
Firecat in Nature Theatre (Wallace Stevens: Earthy Anecdote)
Fireside Chat
Fireworks in the Sea
"First cold winter twilights..."

5 P.M.
Flags and Guns
Flag Waving: Labor Day in the Heartlands, 1939-1942
Flann O'Brien: Nocturnal Experiments

Flash Player
"flat round..."
Flight Attendant to Cabin
Floating in Clouds on the Floor of the Sky
Fogbound Birds
Following Rivers into the Night
For A Fallen Idol
Forbidden Planet
For Delmore Schwartz
Frank O'Hara: To the Film Industry in Crisis
Frank O'Hara: Women / Guy Pène du Bois: Promenade

Frank O'Hara: Written in the Sand at Water Island and Remembered (Little Elegy for James Dean)
Franz Kafka: Absent-minded Window-gazing (Three Meditations)
Franz Kafka: Bachelor's Ill Luck
Franz Kafka: Before the Law
Franz Kafka / Edward S. Curtis: Divestment (The Wish to Be a Red Indian)
Franz Kafka: Excursion into the Mountains
Franz Kafka: Resolutions
Franz Kafka: The Great Wall of China
Franz Kafka: The Warden of the Tomb
Franz Kafka: The Next Village
Franz Kafka: Up in the Gallery

French Toast in Two Takes
Friedrich Hölderlin: Empedokles (Into the Volcano)

Friedrich's Dream
Frog Prince and Ringdove (The Eve of St. Agnes)
From Elegies of the Far North
From Interesting Losers
From the Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Weighing of the Heart of the Scribe
From the Grimestone Lyrics: The Glory of the World Is
From the Path (for T.R.)
F. Scott Fitzgerald: Bernice Bobs Her Hair / Guy Pène du Bois: The Flapper

F. T. Prince: Soldiers Bathing
Fulano de Tal: Las notas tocados en un piano de cola (Notes played on a grand piano)
Full Fathom Five: The Sinking of the Bounty
Full Moon through Clouds (February)
Full Moon Surrounded by Clouds

Gas Stations 1937-1942
Gaudier-Brzeska: Fauna
Gavin Lambert: The Slide Area
GE: And No More Green People
Gentle Landing
George Grosz: Post-Apocalyptic: A Hunger for Images / Wrong from the Start
George Herbert: Love (III)

George Herbert: The Pulley (Pandora's Box)
George Herbert: Vertue
George Mattingly: Driving
George Marshall: The Psychology of Denial: our failure to act against climate change (2001)
George Orwell: The Sporting Spirit
George Seferis: Fires of St. John
George Seferis: Mathios Paskalis Among the Roses
George Seferis: Memory I
George Seferis: Red Pigeon
George Seferis: Under the Mask a Void: The King of Asine
George Seferis: White Eyes
Gerard Manley Hopkins: Felix Randal
Geronimo: Code Name for Target of Choice (Edward Dorn: Recollections of Gran Apacheria)
Geronimo in Exile (Edward Dorn: Recollections of Gran Apacheria)
Getaway Package
Ghostly Collaboration in American Verse: Ron Padgett: A Man Saw a Ball of Gold
Ghostly Collaboration in English Verse: Stevie Smith / Coventry Patmore: Magna Est Veritas
Ghosts of Christmas Past (1936-1942)
Ghosts (Yeats: the Mask)
Ghost Wood

Gilbert White: A Naturalist's Journal: One day in July
Ginger (Paul Scholes)
Girl with Racket
Giuseppe Ungaretti: A Red Dress (12 September 1966)
Giuseppe Ungaretti: In Memoria

Giuseppe Ungaretti: Sunset
Give Them a Magic Carpet for Christmas
Glass Box

Good (Captive Bolt Stunning)
Good Company
Good Old Boys, Bad New Weather
Good Table
Gordon Parks: Another America
Go West, In That Case

Grasses: An Elegy 
Grasses of the Plains
Grey Wolf Reappears

Grimly Grimm: Haneke's The White Ribbon
Guillaume Apollinaire: La Jolie Rousse (The Pretty Redhead)
Guillermo Rosales: Creature

Half Outside the Tribe (John Gay: from The Beggar's Opera)
Halloween: A Time to Read (Ghost Stories)
Hamish Blair: Bloody Orkney
Haneke's The White Ribbon: A Further Note
Hanging Skeletons
Hans Bellmer
Happiness, or the Jacaranda Tree
Happy Talk
Harbingers of Strange
Hardcourt Highlights of 1971
Hard Freeze

Harris Schiff: My Prayer (Revisited)
Harris Schiff: New York
Harris Schiff: The day the world finally ended (from Sheremetyevo)
Hart Crane: General Aims and Theories / Hughie Lee-Smith: Rooftop View

Hart Crane: Imagination Beyond Despair (Anchises Fleeing Troy)
Hart Crane: North Labrador
Harvey Pekar: The Epiphany of the Everyday
Hazard Response
Hazen Robert Walker: "the rain comes down..."

Head Shots, Close Range
Heaven Up Here
He did not know (Prospero's Isle)
Hell Goes Round and Round

Henry Carey: Namby-Pamby
Henry David Thoreau: Close to Earth

Henry Green: Empty
Henry Green: Mirroring

Henry Green: The Glory
Henry Vaughan: The Night
Henry Vaughan: The World ("I saw Eternity the other night")
Henry Vaughan: They are all gone into the world of light
Herman Melville's The Tuft of Kelp (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)
Hidden Villa

High Ball (O. Winston Link)
History as Apocalyptic Dream
Hölderlin: Der Neckar (By the Waters of Synthetica)
Hölderlin: Griechenland (Greece): Correspondences of Poetry and Madness
Hölderlin: "Reif sind..." (Ripe are the fruits)
Holiday (Transports to Summer)

Hollywood Dreaming (Gavin Lambert / Russell Lee)
Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite (The Goddess Loves Anchises, and Leaves Him in a Wreck)
Homo Necans: Man the Killer
Honey Badger
Horace McCoy: I Should Have Stayed Home

Horror Vacui (All Over)
Horst Grund: Crimean Holiday, 1941-1942
Hotel Wisdom
How Long?
Hugh MacDiarmid: Empty Vessel
Hugh MacDiarmid: Perfect
Hugh MacDiarmid: The Watergaw
Human Life
Huuklye 'n Cinquor: L7th Heaven: Circling the Square, or, A Self-Referential Reading  of "Self-Reference"

I Am Alive (Bounded by Forest)

"I Am An American" (East Bay Dislocations)
Identification Tags
If on a Winter's Morning a Traveler...

If Perspiration Were a Tiger
"If you play..."

I Know a Woman
Image Dialogues
Imaging (The White Horse)

I'm on an Island
Impending: Hölderlin's Brevity

In a Military Encampment
In a Zen Manner: Bill Deemer
In Bill's Backyard, Bolinas
In Bolinas (1970-1971)
In Chinatown

Inching Toward the Light: Peter Orlovsky: Snail Poem
Incoming Storm
Indian Court: Louis B. Siegrist
Indirect Directives
In Dragonfly World (18th day)
Industrial Archeology: Arthur Siegel, Detroit, 1940
Industrial Archeology: L.-F. Céline: My Time at Ford's ("You're here to make the movements you're told to")
Industrial Archeology: Loss (Edward Burtynsky)
Industrial Archeology: Motor City, Mythic Vistas (Charles Sheeler, 1928-1932)
Industrial Archeology: On the River (Interlude)
Industrial Archeology: Ruins (Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre)
Industrial Archeology: Watch the Fords Go By!
Industrial Archeology: "You could be only 1/16 of an inch from eternity"
Inside the Cloud
Inside the Redwood
Insider: 39 Seconds, or Fortune by Instant Messaging
Interesting Losers
International Waters
Interpretation in Winter

In the blue city, suddenly
In the Chill, Bustling Dusk of Early Winter
In the Dark Mountains, Brilliant
In the Forest of the Nearsighted Philologist
In the Foundry (An Education)
In the Gym
In the Hands of God
In the Jungle Large
In the Lost Forest of Synthetica: A Story of White Magic
In the Shadow of the Mission
In the Shadows of the White House Ruins
In the Southern Garden of Eden
In the Vale

In the Valley of the Actuarial Kings
In the Wood, In the Reeds
In the World (Wittgenstein)
In This Great Nation
"In this river..."
Into Oklahoma At Last
Into the Zone
In Water World
In Wonderland

In Your Dreams
Isabella (from Deep Keats Scrolls)
I saw a fishpond all on fire
I see you

"I should tolerate the closeness of 2-3 caterpillars"
Issa: Do not kill the fly!
Issa: Forty nine years / Hiroshige: Fourteen views of the full moon
Issa: Spring begins again
Issa: When I see the ocean
I stop by the fountain, it's dark: Roberto Bolaño, A White Handkerchief
It Is Getting Late (May 1819)
It Will Come Down
I Was Born To Speak Your Name
Jack Delano: A Rogerine Quaker Thanksgiving
Jack Delano: At the May Day Pageant, Siloam, Georgia
Jack Delano: At the Vermont State Fair
Jack Delano: Freaks (The Rutland Fair, Vermont)
Jack Delano: Funeral in Georgia
Jack Delano: Hard Times in the Mill (A Death in Georgia)
Jack Delano/Jack Kerouac: Textile Town
Jack Delano: Rochester, Pennsylvania, January 1940
Jack Delano: Saturday Afternoon in Greensboro, Georgia
Jack Delano: Side Shows I (Humans: Mr. Blue)
Jack Delano: Side Shows II (Animal Curiosities)
Jack Delano: The Remains (Heard County, Georgia)
Jack Delano/William Empson: Desolation
Jack Kerouac: Three Haiku (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)

James Boswell: Samuel Johnson's Cat Hodge
James Henry: Another

James Joyce: Parallax Effect
James Joyce: The correspondence of birds / JJ Harrison: Flight
James Joyce: there was a moo-cow coming down along the road
James M. Cain: The Love Rack, The Hay Truck and The Tunnel of Love 
James Schuyler: Cornflowers
James Schuyler: December
James Schuyler: Horse-Chestnut Trees and Roses
James Schuyler: Salute
James Schuyler: Starlings
Jane Welsh Carlyle: Private Writing ("because it's cheap")
January 25th
Jean (Hans) Arp: Sekundenzeiger (Second hand)
Jean Selz: Benjamin in Ibiza
Jewitt's lake
Jiffy Pop (for Ron Padgett)
Jim Carroll
Jim Dine: Fresh and a warning
Jim Dine: Occurring without / definite aim
Jim Dine: On Pain

Jim Dine: the downfall / of your eyes
Jim Dine: The Flowering Sheets
Jim Dine: Utopia (2011) 
Jim Dine: We lived once in an ideal kingdom
Jim Thompson: Justice in the Eye of the Storm ("to punish the heck out of people for bein' people")
JJ Harrison: Birds of Tasmania and Queensland
Joe Brainard: On Art and the Drawings of Holbein
John Ashbery: At North Farm
John Ashbery: Hotel Lautréamont (Elfland Version)
John Ashbery: The Hero
John Ashbery: The Picture of Little J. A. in a Prospect of Flowers
John Ashbery: They Dream Only of America

John Clare: Badger
John Clare: Cottage Fears

John Clare: From The Journal: Walks in the Fields
John Clare: House or Window Flies

John Clare: I Am
John Clare: Sand Martin
John Clare: The Fox
John Collier: A Church in the Sky (New Mexico, Spring 1943)
John Donne: A Lecture upon the Shadow

John Donne: Community
John Donne: The good-morrow
John Forbes: Death, an Ode
John H. White: Black Chicago, early 1970s

John Keats: La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad
John Keats: To Autumn
John Keats: To Autumn (1819) / Russell Lee: Harvest Time, High Plains (1940)
John Ruskin: On Carpaccio's Dream of St Ursula

John Tranter: Hulk
John Vachon: All Their Marbles (Woodbine, Iowa, Spring 1940)
John Vachon: Blinds, Frames (Dubuque, Iowa, April 1940)
John Vachon: Chicago, 1941
John Vachon: Immunity
John Vachon: In the Heartland: Elevation
John Vachon: In the Heartland: Flight
John Vachon: In the Heartland: Fruits of the Plain
John Vachon: In the Heartland: Granary
John Vachon: In the Heartland: Need
John Vachon: In the Heartland: Shadow and Maze
John Vachon: In the Heartland: Winter
John Vachon: Like driving from a sunny day into the middle of night (Sunray, Texas, November 1942)
John Vachon/Lorine Niedecker: In the Condensery
John Vachon: Mid-American
John Vachon: Migrants, Michigan
John Vachon: Peligro (Puerto Rico, February 1973)

John Vachon: Signs and Wonders
John Vachon: The Wind and the Rain
John Vachon: Variations on a Theme (My Old Kentucky Home)
John Vachon / Wallace Stevens: Downward to Darkness
John Vachon: Washington Is Burning
John Wieners: Chinoiserie

John Wieners: My Mother 
Jorge Luis Borges: A un gato / To a cat
Jorge Luis Borges: Borges y Yo / Borges and I
Jorge Luis Borges: Buenos Aires (Pure Fiction)
Jorge Luis Borges: El Evangelio según Marcos /The Gospel According to Mark
Jorge Luis Borges: El hilo de la fábula / The thread of the story
Jorge Luis Borges: El mar
Jorge Luis Borges: La Casa de Asterión / The House of Asterion
José Agustín Goytisolo: The hour of the fox / La hora del zorro
Joseph Ceravolo: Beginner Method
Joseph Ceravolo: Cat of Eternity

Joseph Ceravolo: Dusk
Joseph Ceravolo: Eternity
Joseph Ceravolo: Falling in the hands of the moneyseekers
Joseph Ceravolo: I work in a dreamscape of reality

Joseph Ceravolo: Lighthouse
Joseph Ceravolo: May
Joseph Ceravolo: Perpetual

Joseph Ceravolo: Red-tailed Hawk
Joseph Ceravolo: What chemicals have we forgotten?

Joseph Heller: "I'm cold": The Death of Snowden
Josephine Miles: Gypsy
Josephine Miles: Reason

Josephine Miles: The Sympathizers
Joseph Janney Steinmetz / Wallace Stevens: O Florida, Venereal Soil
Joseph Stalin: Morning
Juan Gil-Albert: La Siesta ("What is the Earth?")

Julio Cortázar: Axolotl
Just Couldn't Wait
Just Resting
J. V. Cunningham: Consolatio Nova
J. V. Cunningham: Montana Fifty Years Ago
Kafka's Burrow, Hitler and Bunker Mentality
Katherine Mansfield: To L. H. B. (1894-1915)
Keats: Autumn at Winchester, Reimagined (A Warm Situation, September 1819)
Keats: Coda: Echo and Variation
Keatsiana: Melancholy Watch, the Downs (September 1820); with a selection from Deep Keats Scrolls

Keats on Shipboard, September 1820
Keeping the Bears in Line
Kenneth Koch: One Train
Klaatu's Message
Knut Hamsun: The Finger of God

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: A Receipt to Cure the Vapours
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: On Lord Lyttleton's 'Advice to a Lady'
Lake Affect
Larry Beckett: Second Avenue
Larry Eigner: One of a Series
Larry Eigner: the rain and the stars
Last Bus

Last Chance

Later Johnson: The Black Dog
Laudanum (Autumn 1819)
Laughing Kookaburras
Laughing Place

Leap: Diademed Sifaka
Leap of Faith (Stand Rock)
Leave of Absence
Le dimanche de Pâques
Leigh Hunt: Jenny Kiss'd Me
Les Etoiles
Let It Come Down (The Dust Bowl)
Lewis Carroll: Hiawatha's Photographing
Lewis W. Hine: An Enforced Rest
Lewis W. Hine: Child Labor, Kentucky, 1916
Lewis W. Hine: Child Scavengers
Lewis W. Hine: Cotton ("She jess works fer pleasure")
Lewis W. Hine: Day's Work of the Humphrey Children, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Lewis W. Hine: Exposure ("get father a watch")
Lewis W. Hine: Junk Gatherers (Just Kids)
Lewis W. Hine: Scott's Run, West Virginia, March 1937

Lewis W. Hine: Truant Newsboys, Oklahoma City ("didn't know his name")
Lewis W. Hine: Where the Boys Are
Liberty, Unincorporated

Life Flowed Between Us
Life in Movies
Life is amazing (Heavenly City)

Life Notes
Life Story

Light and Shade
Light Relief

Light Sleeper
"Like a filter on a faucet...": John Ashbery: Flow Chart / Edward Burtynsky: Water

"Like musical instruments..."
Like Night Animals
Like Real People
Lines Composed at Hope Ranch
Lines Found in Logbook at Astronomical Observing Station
Linnaeus' Flower Clock

Little Bang
Little Hymn to Athene
Live and Let Live: Cows and Pigs
Living Colours
Living, Dying: Mercy? (Blake: the Human Abstract)
Lock On

Log Rolling on the River of Time with Wittgenstein
Looking Back
Looking Out from Ocean View
Looking up
Look Out Any Window: Alfred Henry Rushbrook, the South Side of Edinburgh, 1929

Lorenzo Thomas: Downtown Boom
Lorenzo Thomas: Studying War (from California Songs, 1970)

Lorenzo Thomas: The Leopard
Los Angeles: Double Face

Lost (Again)
Lost Continent: Cook at Desolation Island (1776)
Lost Horizons (September 1819)
Lost/Love at Sea, or Guided by Hidden Stars
Lost Weekend
Lough Gur (for Billy Mills)
Love (after La Rochefoucauld)
Love Potion
Lucy in the Sky: A Wind from the Bottom of the World
Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Happy World

Lullaby for Cuckoo
Lunar Impersonation
Lunch Poem
Lust for Life

Lustration Rite
Madre (Life Notes)
Magic Arrival No. 7
Mahmoud Darwish: Identity Card

Manchurian Crane: The Red Spot of Divinity
Marc St. Gil: Wading in the Water (Leakey, Texas)

Marcel Duchamp: Verbal Recursion (Three Plays)
March 1st (Cambridge, 1964)
"Mare's tail clouds..."
Marguerite Yourcenar: On a Dream of Dürer's
Marguerite Yourcenar: The School of Seville

Marguerite Yourcenar: Zeno's Ending, from The Abyss
Marie Wintzer: Bokeh / Aberration
Marie Wintzer: Sight

Mario Benedetti: Sea Bottle
Marion Post Wolcott: A Baptism in Black and White
Marion Post Wolcott: A Fourth of July Celebration, St. Helena Island, South Carolina, 1941
Marion Post Wolcott: A Modern Gypsy in an Automobile
Marion Post Wolcott: Court Day, Campton, Kentucky, 1940
Marion Post Wolcott: Mountain School, Jackson County, Kentucky
Marion Post Wolcott/T.S. Eliot: Goin' for a Ride in the Waste Land (Copper Basin, Tennessee)
Mark Alexander Boyd: Sonet (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)

Martín Adán: The Cardboard House
Martin Luther King, Jr.: "This isn't the way" (A Descending Spiral)
Mary Leapor: Mira's Will
Marzanna Bogumila Kielar: Four Poems
Masaccio's Tribute Money and the Triumph of Capital

"Maybe it's just..."
Meanings of the Plains
"Meant to be..."
Mechanical Interlude: The Charge of the Cane-Bearing Medicare Elder Light Horse Brigade
Meditations in Winter: Issa: Wren at Dusk
Meditations in Winter: Shiki: Winter River
Melancholy Watch, the Downs (September 1820)
Memorial for Majesty
Memorial / Wil Blanche: City of Garbage, 1973

Memory Wastes
Men and Women
Message from the Captain
Message in the Fog
Message in the Forest
Messages from the Underground

Messalina's Monkey
Michael Herr: Dislocation (The Battle of Dak To, November 1967)

Mild: Sea Otter
Millennial Rising

Miniature Votive Hymn to Athene
Minor with Frown in Snow

Mirrors and Superstition
Moira, or Fate

Momentary Visitor
Moment of Clarity
Moony Masque
More than Moone: John Donne: A valediction of weeping
Morning Glory
Moth Dance (An Obscure Reverie)
Mother, can you find me?
Mother Goose Is On Relief: Wisconsin, 1936-1939
Motion, 1953
Mountain Men
Mouse Ears Redux (An Election Year Conversation Poem)
Moviegoing (1940s)
Moving House

Muammar Qaddafi: King of Kings
Mud Springs (William Henry Jackson, Yellowstone, 1871)
Multiple Screen Window Display
Multiverse (Blanqui: L'éternité par les astres)
My Father on the Riverside & Great Northern (Little Railway, Dells, Wisconsin)
My Last Duchess?
My Master's Lost His Fiddlestick: Raymond Williams on Art and Commodity Production
My Old Kentucky Home (Dark Side)
Myopia Falls
My Sort-of Vacation

Mystery Streets

Nancy Mitford: Luncheon with Monty
Natural History
Natural Reaction (William Henry Jackson, Bombay, 1895)
Natural Science

Negative Capability (from Deep Keats Scrolls)
Negative Development

Neither Black Nor White

New England, Sunday afternoon just before Christmas
Nice Surprise

Night Bus
Night City
Night in Hell
Nightly Encounter

Night on Earth
Nights at Sea
Night Shift
Night Sky
Night Sky, March 23, 1997
Night Sun: Black Jaguar
Night Sun: Black Jaguar (II)
Night Thoughts (Alfred Hayes: An Innocent in the Land of Eros)
Night Train (I): L.-F. Céline
Night Train (II): Marcel Proust
Night Train (III): Vladimir Nabokov
Nin Andrews: Learning to Write the MFA Poem
Nin Andrews: What You Have To Listen To

Nizar Qabbani: My Lover Asks Me
Nizar Qabbani: Still
no big deal
Nocturnal Resolutions
Not a Description
No Tears for Buccaneers
Note on Progress: Theodor Adorno
Nothing Inside
Not Necessarily a Rest Stop
Not Wading but Sinking

Now It Can Be Told: The Tea Party -- Descendants of Coneheads?
Now She Dwells Here
Ocean (Lucy in the Sky)
Octavio Paz: The Mausoleum of Humayun

Ode on a Grecian Urn (from Deep Keats Scrolls)
Ode on Melancholy (from Deep Keats Scrolls)
Of All Places
Off Goleta
One Morning in December
One Nation, Invisible: Lorenzo Thomas: Back in the Day
One Rickshaw
On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer (from Deep Keats Scrolls)
On first reading The Rainbow
On Hampstead Heath
Only Here: Russell Lee in the West (1940-1942)
On the Beach
On the Courthouse Steps
On the Fringes (Matt Black: Saroyan's Ghosts)
On the Lagunitas Road
On the Playing Fields

Order Out of Chaos

Origin of the Speechless
Oscar Wilde: The Nightingale and the Rose

Out of Christendom (Blue house, Morocco)
Out of Gas
Out of the Fog
Out of the Past

Over the Falls
Over the Falls (William Henry Jackson: Mystic Lake, Montana, 1871)
Pacific Melt
Padlocked Heart

Pancake and Pizza Breakfast

Pan in the Weeds: Classical American Architecture (Walker Evans, Chicago 1947)
Panoramas, Dioramas, Arcades: Water Worlds
Paper People
Paradise on Earth: Through the Cumberland Gap to the Promised Land
Paradiso Terrestre
Paradox: The Diminishing Increase of an Author

Parts of the Unseen: R. H. Blyth: Lawrence and Eastern Culture
Party Animals

Pass By Blue Stone
Paul Violi (1944-2011): Pastorale

Penelope: The Circumspect Wife, The Crafty Stranger, and the Homeric Test by Do-It-Yourself Carpentry
Penny on the Tracks
Pensive Angel Waits
People Still Care

Perishable Memo
Persistence of Memory
Peter Handke: Looking at the Doorknob (The Angst of the Goalkeeper)
Peter Orlovsky: Namaste
Petrarch: A White Deer (Una candida cerva)
Petrified Forest: Some Glyphs
Phantasmagoric City
Philip Larkin: Absences
Philip Larkin: Administration

Philip Larkin / Adriaen Brouwer: The Card-Players
Philip Larkin: Ape Experiment Room 
Philip Larkin: At Grass
Philip Larkin: Coming
Philip Larkin: Days
Philip Larkin: Deceptions
Philip Larkin: High Windows

Philip Larkin: Mr Bleaney
Philip Larkin: The Mower
Philip Larkin: The Winter Palace
Philip Larkin: This Be the Verse
Philip Whalen: April Showers Bring Rain?
Philip Whalen's CLASSICS SHELF (condensed)
Philip Whalen: Discriminations
Philip Whalen: From Sauk Lookout ("How is it far if you think of it")  
Phil Ochs: Fish-Hooks
Phil Whalen in Bolinas
Pierre Reverdy: Slippage

Pie Town Fair: Russell Lee
Pink Beehive
Pink Trees
Piping Plover
Plaint on the Savannah

Plastic Habitat

Playing Dead: Opossum
Plum Blossom
Poem Written in Poor Spanish
Poetics of Colour (Goethe/Rimbaud)
Poetry Lesson
Poetry Street
Point and Shoot

Point Blank
Poor, mazéd world
Pops' Tour
Portrait of Author as Politely Homicidal Child
Possessed: Varieties of Contemporary Religious Experience
Post-Chivalric Valentine
Postconceptualism (Water Version)
Post-Historical: Rebecca West: Göring at Nuremberg
(Post) Moderne
Powder Train
"power lines / stretching..."
Premonitory (Teignmouth, Spring 1818)
Presence: Providence
Presentiments of Future Memories: Incomplete Ways of Seeing
Problems of Life: Wittgenstein
Problems of Thought
Production: The Big Smoke
Production: Women in the War Industry
Product Placement

Profane Illumination (The Card Sharps) 
Progress of the Colors of the Sky (Keats in Rome, November 1820)
Prophets Agree On One Thing (Just the Center Slices)

Psyche's Bower (Hampstead, May 1819)
"Psyche's clear lake..."
Pulp (Carleton E. Watkins: Mine and Mill, Marysville, Montana)
Purgatory X

Quick Question
Rachel Carson: The Edge of the Sea
Rain, Heavy at Times

Randall Jarrell: The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
Ray Brown: Holding Up the Bottom of the World
Raymond Queneau: Exercises in Style: Man with long neck on bus

Raymond Williams: Individuals and Societies
Raymond Williams: Language and the Avant-Garde

Raymond Williams: Subject and Servant
Recovered Memory

Recreation wrecks the nation
Recurrence (April 1819)
Recursion (Infinite Loops)
Red Room with Spooks

Red Shuttleworth: Autumn Chronograph: 15

Red Shuttleworth: Buffaloes

Red Shuttleworth: from Dog Heart Sleeps Mostly in the Pickup
Red Shuttleworth: One Winter Night in York, Nebraska / John Vachon: Nebraska
Red Shuttleworth: Summer Chronograph: 68
Red Shuttleworth: Summer Chronograph: 84 (Summer Disappears in a Dust-Devil Minute)
Redwood Threnody

Remembering Dreams
Replacement Heart (Wayne Rooney)
Report on Conditions at North Carolina Mills (Martha Gellhorn to Harry Hopkins, 1934)
Requiem for a Wood-Sprite

Return of the Rainy Season (An Oasis in the Badlands)
Reverdy: Each His Share
Reverdy: Slates
R. H. Blyth: The Voice of the Deer
Richard Brautigan: Lonely at the Laundromat

Rilke in the Far North
Rimbaud in Africa
Rim of Fire

Ritual Business
Robert Bresson: Cinema
Robert Burns: To a Mouse

Robert Creeley: After Lorca
Robert Creeley: America

Robert Creeley / Ernst Halberstadt: Somewhere
Robert Creeley: For J. D. (Hearts)
Robert Creeley: Generous Life
Robert Creeley: Heroes / William Henry Jackson: The Mountains and the Desert
Robert Creeley: I Know a Man
Robert Creeley: Love
Robert Creeley: Mother's Voice
Robert Creeley: One Day (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)
Robert Creeley: So There

Robert Creeley: The Rain
Robert Creeley: The Times 
Robert Creeley: The Warning
Robert Creeley: Versions (after Hardy)

Robert Creeley: Window
Robert Desnos: I Am a Shadow

Robert Duncan: Salvages: An Evening Piece
Robert Duncan: the pebble that dropped into that quiet as a pool broke up
Robert Duncan: Unkingd by affection?
Robert Herrick: Her Legs
Robert Herrick: How Good Luck Arrives (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)
Robert Herrick: In the West (His Lachrimae or Mirth, turn'd to mourning)
Robert Herrick: Life is the Bodies Light
Robert Herrick: Memorials of the Obscure
Robert Herrick: Silks
Robert Herrick: The comming of good luck
Robert Herrick: To Groves
Robert Herrick: Upon one Lillie, who marryed with a maid call'd Rose
Roberto Bolaño: Godzilla in Mexico (from Romantic Dogs)

Roberto Bolaño: The Redhead
Robert Walser / Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Woman with Feathered Tuft

Robert Walser: Sentiment

Robert Walser: The Creature
Robert Walser: This life, how old it is
Robinson Jeffers: Autumn Evening
Robinson Jeffers: Evening Ebb
Robinson Jeffers: Hurt Hawks

Robinson Jeffers: Rock and Hawk
Robinson Jeffers: Self-Criticism in February
Robinson Jeffers: The Great Explosion
Rock Cuts: William Henry Jackson
Rojo (Red Garland)
Ron Padgett: Champion
Ron Padgett: Driveway
Ron Padgett: Sleep Alarm

Rosa the Foxfinch
R. S. Thomas: Fuel
R. S. Thomas: On the Farm 
R. S. Thomas: The Moor
Rue (Melancholy Couple)

Russell Lee: Bean Day Rodeo (Wagon Mound, New Mexico, September 1939)
Russell Lee: Boom Town
Russell Lee: Everything Must Go
Russell Lee: Labor Day, Ridgway, Colorado, 1940
Russell Lee: Labor Day, Silverton, Colorado, 1940
Russell Lee: Mays Avenue Camp, Oklahoma City, 1939
Russell Lee: Riches (Along the Million Dollar Highway)
Russell Lee: Saturday Night in the Nature Theatre
Russell Lee: Small World (San Augustine, Texas, April 1939)
Russell Lee: South Side of Chicago, April 1941
Russell Lee: Streetcar Terminal, Oklahoma City, 1939
Russell Lee: The Middle of Nowhere (A Texas High Plains Survey, 1940)
Russell Lee: Uses of Water (Idaho, 1941)
Russell Lee: Vale, Oregon, Fourth of July 1941
Russell Lee: Windows: Outside Looking In
Russell Lee: Windows: Inside Looking Out
Ryszard Kapuściński: The Ukrainian Plan (from Imperium)

Sacrificial Rite
Sad Goddess: Marilyn Monroe
Sadly X (A Text)
Safe -- For Now (Temporary Respite)
Sailing in Style

Samuel Beckett: A Jar of One's Own
Samuel Beckett: A Love Story
Samuel Beckett: An Odd Bird ("What ruined me at bottom was the athletics")
Samuel Beckett: Apodosis
Samuel Beckett: Aporia
Samuel Beckett: One evening
Samuel Beckett: Nothing
Samuel Beckett: Saint-Lô

Samuel Beckett: Watt / Andreas Gursky (Tiny Details of the Big Picture)
Samuel Beckett: Worstward Ho
Samuel Johnson on Scotland and the Scots, as Reported by Boswell
Samuel Johnson: On the Death of Dr. Robert Levet
Samuel Johnson: Passion and Meditation; together with a little elegy for teachers
Samuel Johnson: The Last
Samuel Johnson: The Uses of Forgetfulness
Samuel Johnson: The Vulture
Samuel Johnson: Upon An Author Who Explains Evil To Us As Cosmic Sport

Samuel Johnson: Valediction
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Sea Snakes
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison

Sanctuary (Along Skyline Drive)

Sappho: Aeolic Fragment
Sappho: Fragment
Satanic Mills
Savanna Cat: Serval ("always being there, watchful, even when we do not hear it")
Says Tweed to Till
Scale: John Vachon
Scars: Grove Karl Gilbert: Hydraulic Mining, Nevada County
Scavenged Materials: The Novelist
Scenes Along the Road (for Arthur Okamura)
School's Out -- A Hundred Years Ago

Schopenhauer: Persona
Scraps (The Messenger)
Second Thoughts About Stoogism
Secret of the Poet (After Ungaretti)
Secrets of the Estate
Secrets of the Keeper

"Seeing the way through..."
Self-Reflection (In Geronimo's Eye)

Self-Replication (Edward Burtynsky: China)
Shadow Play
Shadows on the Shades: Covering Mirror Traffic

Shockwave (Wisps of the Veil)
Shoe Vanilla
Short of Breath (Keats at Winchester, September 1819)
Short Order
Show Your Stripes!
Side Door
Side Order
Siege Mentality: Michael Herr: Sleepless at Khe Sanh, 1968 / Lorenzo Thomas: Inauguration

Signage (I): Motel
Signage (II): Edward Ruscha: Word Works
Signage (III): Ian Hamilton Finlay: Word Works
Signs of the Times: And the Stars Fell on Alabama
Silhouettes in the Shade  
Simon Schuchat: In the Multi-storied Hotel
Simon Schuchat: The American Friend
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer and the Myth of Man's Dominion
Situation Vacant
Sky Above Clouds

Slag (Coal Country, Appalachia)
Slaughter of the Innocents
Slide Show on Cave Wall

Slow Life (For Joseph Cornell)
Sludge in the Hour Glass (Pipeline Business)

Smack Bytes 
Small Change
Snow Has Fallen (Winter 1819)
Snow Leopard
Soft Glass
Solarity (II)
Soldier's goodbye and Bobbie the cat (the spirit of animals goes Down Under)

So Long
So Long, Binturong
Some Countries We'll Definitely Be Watching In the Next Round

Some Late Johnsoniana
Some Scenes from Old Kentucke: Ben Shahn, Smithland, Kentucky, 1935

Something in the Air
Something Occurring by the Side of a Road
Some Wild West Shows
Sonnet ("Five A.M. on East Fourteenth")
So Now You Know

Southeast Wind
Squaring the Circle: Intrusion, Dispossession, Supercession at "Burning Indian Mound"

Starlight and Shadow
State of Emergency

Stephen Crane: "A man saw a ball of gold..."
Stephen Crane: "In the desert..."
Stephen Crane: "I walked in a desert"

Stephen Crane: "I saw a man pursuing the horizon..."
Stephen Crane: "Many red devils ran from my heart..."
Stephen Crane: "There was a man who lived a life of fire"
Stephen Ratcliffe: 11.10
Sterne: A White Bear
Sterne: The Progress of an Amour, or, The Love of Corporal Trim
Stevie Smith: Bog-Face
Stevie Smith: Dear Child of God

Stevie Smith: Dirge
Stevie Smith: Drugs Made Pauline Vague
Stevie Smith: Grave by a Holm-Oak

Stevie Smith: In My Dreams
Stevie Smith: In the Night
Stevie Smith: Lady 'Rogue' Singleton
Stevie Smith: Mother, among the Dustbins

Stevie Smith: Mother, What Is Man? asked Little Bog-Face
Stevie Smith: My Heart Goes Out
Stevie Smith: Nor We of Her to Him

Stevie Smith: Pad, Pad
Stevie Smith: Scorpion
Stevie Smith: Tenuous and Precarious
Stevie Smith: Thoughts about the Person from Porlock
Stevie Smith: To Carry the Child
Stevie Smith: Yes, I know
Still Lights

Stockyard Fundamentals: John Vachon, Chicago, 1941
Stolen Delights: Ben Jonson: Kisse me, sweet / Catullus: Carmen VII
Stolen Riches (Edward Dorn / Russell Lee)
Stoogism: A Manifesto
Storm Light, from Ocean View

Strange Pastoral
Strike ("yet is their strength labour and sorrow")
Strindberg's Celestographs: A Nonmechanical Cosmophotography

Striped Skunk and Steam Plant (A Night-Wandering Tale)
Street Oracle

Struggling to Survive: Poverty in Paradise

Subjective City Valentine

Suicide with Squirtgun in Happy Valley
Sullen Beauty Supply

Summertime in SyntheticWorld: How Green Are My Beaches?
Sun and Moon, Rhythm and Colour: Robert Delaunay
Sunday Simplicities
Sunday Sunlight
Superior Orders (October 1789)
Supernova, Peaking: We owe these fiery monsters everything
Superstition in Heavy Storm
Support (Dorothea Lange: Oaks, Berkeley)
Susan Kay Anderson: About the Roster Check
Susan Kay Anderson: Bears and Berries
Susan Kay Anderson: El Dorado, Man of Gold  
Susan Kay Anderson: Humpies ("our time so short")
Susan Kay Anderson: Long (In the North)
Susan Kay Anderson: O.K., Who Gets To Be Jim Morrison?  
Susan Kay Anderson: Out in Bodie
Susan Kay Anderson: The girl of Voss watches the Indian girls of the 4-H Club at play
Susan Kay Anderson: The Place I've Never Lived In
Susan Kay Anderson: The Telephone 
Susan Kay Anderson: Where I Used To Live (With Views of Rabbit Island)
Suspicion (1820)
Sweet Peas
Sweet Thing: Rat
Syntax Lost in the Forest
Tales Once Told at the Heartbreak Hotel
Talk Gets Old
Take Us to Your Leader
Taking the El to Work

Tear (after Rimbaud)
Tears in the Empty Cathedral: The Travel Diarist (Walter Benjamin: Emotional Architecture of the Loire)
Ted Berrigan: Poem Made after Re-reading the Wonderful Book of Poetry, "Air", by Tom Clark, Seven Years Since He First Sent It to Me
Ted Berrigan: Sonnet #2 ("old come-all-ye's streel into the streets")

Teflon and Velcro
Tensions of the Moment (The new power line to Fort Knox)
Terence Winch: Saving Face
Tesseract (Hypercube in Rotation)
The Albatross (after Baudelaire)
The Allée d'Argenson
The Amazing Return of A Crazy American Girl
The Ancients: Great Basin Bristlecone Pine
The Apparitional Canoe
The Astronomer
The Autumn Lakes
The Beginning

The Big Cigars
The Birds

The Birth of the Prophet
"the bits break loose..."
The Black Spot (Scott After the Pole)
The Blue Dress
"The blue planet lights..."
The Border
The Botanist: Joseph Dalton Hooker in Kerguelen's Land (1840)
The Buffalo Hunter
The Builders
The butlers don't feel a thing
The Challenge
The Christmas Fire-Dance
The Class Doesn't Struggle Anymore
The Commanders
The Confession
The Conversion of Eden
The Course of Empire Unwinds
The Cranes Are Flying
The creek, as it leaves
The Cretan
The Day Goes On Forever

The Day of the Giants
The Death of Pliny the Elder

The Debt
The Departed
The Descent
"The detail and the deeper meaning of everything American": Remembering the FSA Photo Project
The Diminishing Increase of an Author
The Distances
The Door Gunner to the Moment
The Door to the Forest
The Dream of Constantine
The Economic Machine Is Broken (Franklin D. Roosevelt at Oglethorpe University, 1932)
The Edge of the Forest

The Embrace of Quietude: Wyatt's slippery top
The Elysian Fields: Trodden Upon
The Emperor's Attendant
The Empty God
The Entertainer

The Eve of St. Agnes (from Deep Keats Scrolls)
The Eye of the Beholder
The Faculty of Oblivion
The Failed Artist
The Fall of Birds
The Fawcon Carol
The First Hour

The First Mall
The Flamingos
The 49th Law of Power: A Dystopian Reality Event Game

The Game
The Gardens of Pompeii

The Genie in the Bottle
The Ghost of a Chance (after Mallarmé)
The Ghost of Psyche at White Rock Lake (with Wisteria and Water Lilies)
The Ghost of the Zeitgeist Stops for a Fill-Up
The Goal of the Operation
The Good Man

The Great Sphinx
The Great Towns
The Great Wave
The Great Yes
"The green world thinks the sun..."

The Greeks
The Headless Woman (Mistress of the Labyrinth)
The Helmsman
The Indifferent Man (Things We Will Never Know)

The Jungle (Upton Sinclair: Stockyard Fundamentals, c. 1900)
The Knight Is Darkest Before...
The Knot
The Lake
The Lamentation of Lio Messi (Arsenal v. Barcelona)
The Last Poem (after Robert Desnos)
The Late Life of Mr. Boone
The Light of the World at 9000 Feet
The Long Goodbye
The Lost Woods

The Lyric
The Magi
"The mammals..."
The Man of Ouray
The Maze (Edward Burtynsky: Western Australia)
The Movies as Natural History
The Muses' Exodus
The Mutabilitie of the Englishe Lyrick
The Mutabilitie of the Englishe Lyrick (II): Thomas Hardy: When Dead
The Mystery of the Anamorphic Skull in The Ambassadors: Hollow Bone or Exterminating Angel?
Then and Now

The Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: A Brief History
The Nelsons in San Roque
The New World
The Nightingale
The Night of the Life of the Mind
The Nike of Boone
Theodor Adorno: Bane (Aghast in Wonderland)
Theodor Adorno: Behind the Mirror
Theodor Adorno: Dying Today
Theodor Adorno: Gypsy Wagon
Theodor Adorno: Polymorphic Meaning in Mass Media
Theodor Adorno: Progress
Theodor Adorno: The Veil of Technology
Theodor Adorno: Unadorned Make-Up
The Past

The People
The Perfume of an Evening Primrose
The Pharaohs Sacrifice Themselves Before Her
The Players
The Possessed Winter Dusk
The Practice of Painting
The Rainbow
There Are Still Not Enough Stars: John Keats and Lyra (The Lyre)
The Rebel Against Dogs
The Red Tower
The Return of the Native
The Riddle
The Right Arm of a Stoic
The Ring of Kerry
The Rock
The Rodent Who Came to Dinner
The Second Fissure
The Second Temple

The Self-Unseeing
The Shade of Separation (Irises)
The Shadows
The Shape of Things To Come
The Shining

The Song of the Drowned Ghost in the Pool
The Spell
The Spirit of Place: North Yorkshire (Views from the Top)

The Street (Fisheye Perspective)
The Summer One Read Ulysses
The Summer Triangle (Keats, London, 1819)
The Terrible Embarrassment of the Goalkeeper on the Crown Princess's Birthday

"The thin trunks..."
The Thirty Pieces of Silver (from Frozen Desire)
The Three Ravens
The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque
The Two Feathers
The Uncloudy Day
The Vacant Estate
The Vanishing
The View from Here

The Warp (I'm on an Island)
The Watch
The Way Through
The Whaler's Wife
The World Ends on Saturday Night
The Wreck of the American Star
The X of the Unknown
The Ya'ai 
The Yellow Wall
They dropped like Flakes -- They dropped like Stars --

They Have Gone
They Satisfy
Thinking About George
33 Statements
"This diminishing of things..."
This Is Not a Pipe
"This is the barbecue we had last night": some hunting grounds of Texas
Thomas Campion: Followe thy faire sunne unhappy shaddowe
Thomas De Quincey: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thomas Hardy: Afterwards
Thomas Hardy: At Castle Boterel
Thomas Hardy: Channel Firing
Thomas Hardy: Drummer Hodge
Thomas Hardy: I Look Into My Glass
Thomas Hardy: I Said to Love
Thomas Hardy: Neutral Tones

Thomas Hardy: Nobody Comes
Thomas Hardy: Snow in the Suburbs

Thomas Hardy: The Caged Goldfinch
Thomas Hardy: The Darkling Thrush
Thomas Hardy: The Dead Man Walking

Thomas Hardy: The Walk
Thomas Hood: Sonnet to Vauxhall

Thomas Neumann: Springtime in Berlin with Agfacolor Neu, 1937
Thomas Traherne: Shadows in the Water
Thomas Wyatt: Fruitless Fruit ("Avysing the bright bemes of these fayer Iyes")
Thomas Wyatt: Recursion (It may be good)
Thomas Wyatt: Thought-Wracked (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer) 

Thomas Wyatt: Who so list to hount I know where is an hynde
"Those men whom the gods wish..."
Three Easy Pieces
Three Empires: A Short Cultural History of Vancouver Island, 1792-2011
Through the Looking-Glass: A Gallery of Mirrors
Through This Long Winter of Freakshows and Floods
Ticky Tacky
Tight Spaces (Thomas Annan: The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow)

Time Rotates But There Is Only One Season
Timothy H. O'Sullivan: A Harvest of Death (Civil War, 1862-1865)
Timothy H. O'Sullivan: Conquest (Wheeler Survey of the One Hundredth Meridian, Arizona/New Mexico, 1873)
Timothy H. O'Sullivan: Dwarfed (Wheeler Survey of the One Hundredth Meridian, Arizona/Nevada, 1871)
Timothy H. O'Sullivan: Empire of Mines (King Survey of the Fortieth Parallel, Nevada, 1867-1869)
Timothy H. O'Sullivan: The Great Emptiness (King Survey of the Fortieth Parallel, 1867-1869)
Tiny Letters: Robert Walser's Microscripts and the Cuneiform Tablets of Akhenaten
To A Certain Friend
To Bill Lee
To Die For: Selling the Great War
Together: House Crows
Tom Clark: At the Fair at BlazeVOX
Tom Clark: Canyonesque at BlazeVOX
Tom Clark: Distance at BlazeVOX
Tom Clark: In the Shadow of the Capitol at Pataphysics Books
Tom Clark's Baseball and Classicism (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)
Tom Clark: Truth Game at BlazeVOX

Tomorrow Maybe (Waning Moon) 
Tom Raworth: Three from Here
Tom Raworth/William Shakespeare: The wind and the rain
Too Much Rain for the Sharks?
To Reverdy
Torn from an Old Album
To the Mistress of the Sailor's Rest
To Ungaretti
Tracks (Beyond Soda Lake
Tracks (Slaughterhouse Work)

Tree Fern
Tree Talk
Tristram Shandy: The Battle of the Cataplasm
Tristram Shandy: The Damnation of Obadiah
Tristram Shandy: The Overthrow of Dr. Slop
Tristram Shandy: The Siege of Namur by Captain Shandy and Corporal Trim
Troublin' Switch (Ben Newberry's Final Run)
Trout Kill on the Sacramento River
Truth Game
T.S. Eliot: East Coker
T.S. Eliot: The Dry Salvages
T.S. Eliot: What the Thunder Said (Strokes)
Turkey Day at the Ideal Cafe
Twenty-Something Couple
Two Favourite Films
Two Views of Blue: "Like musical instruments..." / "Como instrumentos musicales..."
Tyson: Savage God
Understanding Landscape

Under the Fortune Palms
Under the Plum Tree

Ungaretti: Il Porto Sepolto/The Buried Harbour
Ungaretti: Mattina (Morning)
Ungaretti: Pilgrimage
Ungaretti: San Martino del Carso
Ungaretti: Sleepwalkers
Ungaretti: Stars
Ungaretti: 12 September 1966
Ungaretti: What would I want with images?
Unknown Face (Blake: Proverbs of Hell)
Unnatural: Adorno on Kafka's Nature Theatre of Oklahoma
Untergang (Party's Over): Bertolt Brecht / Gerhard Richter

Unwinding the Clock: Time in Tristram Shandy
Up in the Air: Lewis W. Hine / Frank O'Hara
Up the Creek
U R All That I Am Lost in the Fog Rolling Away the Stone and Other Rainy Day Tales
Urban Pastoral Scene (mid-1940s)
Valentine Fallen from the Pages of the Greek Anthology
Vallejo: Dolor
Vallejo: Jet
Vallejo: The Vedic Fiber
Valley in Relief
Vanishing Point
Vassilis Zambaras: Athene's Tree (Two Poems)
Vassilis Zambaras: After Porchia
Vassilis Zambaras: Keep what I give you
Veins of Liquid Fire
Venus Waning

Vicente Huidobro: Poetry Is a Celestial Transgression
View with Beach and Piers
Vigilance: Hölderlin: Im Walde / In the Forest
Vigilant: Least Weasel
Virgil's Vigil
Visit at Dawn (after Propertius)
Vistas of Limbo
Vladimir Mayakovsky: The Brooklyn Bridge at the End of the World

Vladimir Nabokov: Crying Wolf
Vladimir Nabokov: Keeper of a Secret
Vladimir Nabokov: Speak, Memory

Waiting for No One (Inside the Exclusion Zone)
"Walked into state..."
Walker Evans: Advertising
Walker Evans: Churches
Walker Evans: Patterns of Habitation / Edward Dorn: The Top List
Walker Evans: Xenophobia 
Walking Out
Wallace Stevens: An Argentine Abstraction

Wallace Stevens: Disappearance
Wallace Stevens: Examination of the Hero in a Time of War
Wallace Stevens: Ghost Town
Wallace Stevens: Night's Hymn of the Rock

Wallace Stevens: Rumours of War
Wallace Stevens: Startled by a flight of birds
Wallace Stevens: The Lack of Repose
Wallace Stevens: The Snow Man
Wallace Stevens: The Well Dressed Man with a Beard
Walter Baxter: Beware of Sheep
Walter Benjamin: A Map of Hell (1938)
Walter Benjamin: Ariadne's Red Thread
Walter Benjamin: Cult
Walter Benjamin: Franz Kafka's Left Ear
Walter Benjamin: In the Stone Forest
Walter Benjamin: Journalism

Walter Benjamin: Kafka and Progress
Walter Benjamin: The Destructive Character
Walter Benjamin: Theological-Political Fragment (the rhythm of messianic nature is happiness)

Walter Benjamin: Theory of Distraction
Walter Benjamin: The Storyteller / The Ballad of Thomas Rymer
Walter Benjamin: The Subversive Mickey Mouse, or Disincorporation Phobia
Walt Whitman: Baffled at the Shore

Waning Crescent Moon
Want of an Object: From the Deep Keats Scrolls
Was He Spared Worse?
Water Mill, Mist and Fog, Evening
Watkins, after "Chaos"
W. B. Yeats: Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

W. B. Yeats: Some Revelation Is At Hand
W. B. Yeats: The Lake Isle of Innisfree (A Poetry Comic by Nora Sawyer)

We All Goin' Bleed
We Can Take This Moment and Freeze It
We Have the Technology

Weight (Keats, Winchester, Late Summer 1819)
Welcome Swallow
Weldon Kees: Back
Weldon Kees: 1926
Weldon Kees: Robinson

Weldon Kees: The Upstairs Room
Weldon Kees: When the Lease Is Up
We Shall Not Go to Market Today

West of the Rails
Wet Season
"We've Been Blown Out": Dorothea Lange
"We Want Our Humanity Back": Toppling the Last of the Pharaohs
Whale Season
Whale Song

What Americans Believe
What Can I Say
What Is That Bright Star Next to the Moon Tonight?
What the Wood Remembers
W. H. Auden: Old People's Home

W. H. Auden: On the Circuit
W. H. Auden: Taller To-day 
W. H. Auden: The Fall of Rome
W. H. Davies: Sheep
Where Am I? (The Lost Emperor)
Where Is the House of My Friend? (After Sohrab Sepehri)
W. H. Hudson: A Friendly Rat
W. H. Hudson: A Nightingale
W. H. Hudson: Common Redstart: Recovering a Lost Song
W. H. Hudson: Nightingale or Thrush?
W. H. Hudson: Patagonian Mockingbird: Mimicry
Whistle Buoy
White Dove
White Hands

White Monkey
White Moon
White Out
White Sands and the Jornada del Muerto

White Thought
Whitman: Animals
Who Am I To Tell Shelley (Summer 1820)
Who goes there?

Who Killed Cock Robin? A Mystery
"Who needs Apollo..." (with Ted Berrigan)
Why Me

Wild Life: WPA Posters, 1936-1940
Wild West Redux
William Blake: Get to thy Labours at the Mills
William Blake: London
William Blake: Reeds of Innocence

William Blake: Some Angels ("Everything is an attempt/To be Human")
William Blake: The Chimney Sweeper
William Blake: The Crystal Cabinet
William Blake: The Fly
William Blake: The Lamb

William Blake: To the Evening Star
William Carlos Williams: Arrival
William Carlos Williams: By the road to the contagious hospital

William Carlos Williams: Classic Scene
William Carlos Williams: Daisy
William Carlos Williams: Porous
William Carlos Williams: Sketch for a Portrait of Henry Ford
William Carlos Williams: Solstice
William Carlos Williams: The Halfworld
William Carlos Williams: The Petunia
William Carlos Williams: The Pure Products of America
William Carlos Williams: The Term
William Carlos Williams: To a Woman Seen Once

William Dunbar: Lament, When He Was Seik
William Empson: Chinese Ballad
William Empson: Aubade
William Empson: Ignorance of Death
William Empson: Let It Go
William P. Gottlieb: A Rainy Night on 52nd Street (The Golden Age of Jazz)
William Shakespeare: Sonnet 29 (When in disgrace with Fortune and mens eyes)
William Strode: The River's Clouded Glory (On the Ohio, 1972)

William Temple Hornaday: Five Minutes' Work: The Wholesale Destruction of the Southern Herd (1871-1874)
William Wordsworth: A Disappearing Line
William Wordsworth: "A slumber did my spirit seal"
William Wordsworth: City
William Wordsworth: "She dwelt among th'untrodden ways"
William Wordsworth: "Three years she grew in sun and shower..."
William Yackulic: A Private Delivery Service
Windows ("That time of year you may in me behold")
Wine and Fever (Summer 1820)

Winter Fog
Wislawa Szymborska: Bruegel's Two Monkeys

Wislawa Szymborska: Cat in an Empty Apartment

Wislawa Szymborska: Discovery
Wislawa Szymborska: Letters of the Dead

Wislawa Szymborska: Nothing's a Gift
Wislawa Szymborska: Under One Small Star
Wittgenstein: After Norway
Wittgenstein and the River of Time
Wittgenstein: A Short Film About An Accident Waiting To Happen

Wittgenstein: Is Understanding Possible?
Wittgenstein: On the Myth of the Time Goddess
Wittgenstein: The Visual Room
Wolf Moon
Woman in the Window

Wooden Boy: Bus notes 4
Wooden Boy: Bus notes 5
Wooden Boy: Bus Notes 11 (A Black Country Outing)
Wooden Boy: Bus note 31
Wooden Boy: Bus note 35
Wooden Boy: Bus note 39
Wooden Boy: Bus note 63
Wooden Boy: Bus note 66
Wooden Boy: Bus note 88: Aggravations of the Post Industrial Epoch

Wooden Boy: Now We Are Beginning
Wooden Boy: Seascape
Wooden Boy: Sea View
Wooden Boy: Tales from the School of Art

Wrapped in cellophane and isolated from everything great
Writing and Fashion: Some Time Dodgems
Wrong from the Start
Wrong from the Start (Deviant Easter Egg)

Wyo-Booming, 1979 (I)
Wyo-Booming, 1979 (II)
Yannis Ritsos: In Front of the Door ("a yellow mask identical with his face")

Yannis Ritsos: In the Depths
Yannis Ritsos: In the Depths (You Can't Take It With You)
Yannis Ritsos: Marpessa's Choice
Yannis Ritsos: Supplementary Acquisitions
Yannis Ritsos: The Time Dimension
Yesterday's Gone
Young Man Carrying Goat: Vermont Forty Years Ago

Young Woman Drawing
You Take Manhattan

Zippy Goes Axolotl
Zone 2