I. Let’s start here: “I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.” -Georgia O’Keeffe
IV. “Science/ dreams its dreams of knowledge—names it, pokes it/ with equations. The crucial thing is not fifty/ times whatever but how we got these notions: how/ much, how many, how far, how long.” The poem “Still Life with Skulls and Bacon” by Richard Siken over in The New England is brilliant … the last 3 lines.
VI. The incredible, incredible Essay Press now has an open book contest being judged by Kristin Prevallet (author of the beautiful, wrenching “I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time”), go submit your brilliant manuscript.
XII. “The theme of the poem emerges in the writing, as one word suggests another, one image calls another into being. This is the problem-finding process that is typical of creative work in the arts as well as the sciences.” -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (via Brain Pickings on Csikszentmihalyi’s interview with Mark Strand)
XIII. I’ve loved a lot of books. Some I’ve fallen into bed with quickly and spent all night breathlessly trying to keep up with. There have been those that were flings in a foreign city, I loved them because of their exciting locale. Some climaxed so quickly, I’ve pushed them aside and told friends to steer clear of them. There are those who have left me trying to drown in a glass of quickly warming whisky. But I have found the one. The one I want to make babies with, the one I want to share a mortgage with, the one who will teach me something new every night: Letter to a Future Lover (the deluxe limited edition) by Ander Monson. This book was made for me. Hands off, people. (Thank you Michael, for the best birthday/Christmas present!)