Nouns XXIV


I. “…Learn to say “Fuck You” to the world once in a while. You have every right to. Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping, confusing, itching, scratching, mumbling, bumbling, grumbling, humbling, stumbling, numbling, rambling, gambling, tumbling, scumbling, scrambling, hitching, hatching, bitching, moaning, groaning, honing, boning, horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling, nose sticking, ass-gouging, eyeball-poking, finger-pointing, alleyway-sneaking, long waiting, small stepping, evil-eyeing, back-scratching, searching, perching, besmirching, grinding, grinding, grinding away at yourself. Stop it and just DO…” This advice from Sol LeWitt to Eva Hesse is so spot on.

II. “At the beginning of October,”…since we are almost there, it’s a good time to revisit James Wright’s “Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio.”

III. “When it beats between your fingers,
all sinew-snap and barbed air,

you will know it is less hope than feather,
more crush than bone.”

All 3 poems by Lindsay Lusby in the brand new issue of Third Point Press are haunting, beautiful, and expansive. (And those titles — holy sheesh.)

IV. You can watch Auguste Rodin sculpting in his studio 100 years ago, here.

V. Kairos. A beautiful word, in every way.

VI. “His unwashed neck smelled of low tide, of nighttime galloping
across the empty playground, of more”

The gauzey, rich poem “Maria Maria” by Anna Lea Jancewicz in the just out issue of Sundog Lit.

VII. Where Virginia Woolf wrote.

VIII. Something Virginia Woolf wrote, in Mrs. Dalloway: “She had the perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very, dangerous to live even one day.”

IX. Mot. Get this book, read it.

X. In honor of Banned Books Week, here are some essays by writers/translators about the banned books that mean the most to them over at PEN America. (To celebrate the freedom to read go follow BannedBooksWeek on Twitter and check out their website here.)  Be a reading rebel and read one of the frequently challenged books!

XI. “”To write as if your life depended on it; to write across the chalkboard, putting up there in public the words you have dredged; sieved up in dreams, from behind screen memories, out of silence– words you have dreaded and needed in order to know you exist.” Adrienne Rich

XII. The galaxy-filled paintings of Doug Argue are currently inspiring me (featured above his painting “Strata”).  He says that “letters, like atoms and chromosomes, are basic building blocks that can be taken apart and constructed in new ways” and that seems about right to me.

XIII. Playwright Tom Stoppard on falling in love: “It’s to do with knowing and being known. I remember how it stopped seeming odd that in biblical Greek, knowing was used for making love. Whosit knew so-and-so. Carnal knowledge. It’s what lovers trust each other with. Knowledge of each other, not of the flesh but through the flesh, knowledge of self, the real him, the real her, in extremis, the mask slipped from the face. Every other version of oneself is on offer to the public. We share our vivacity, grief, sulks, anger, joy… we hand it out to anybody who happens to be standing around, to friends and family with a momentary sense of indecency perhaps, to strangers without hesitation. Our lovers share us with the passing trade. But in pairs we insist that we give ourselves to each other. What selves? What’s left? What else is there that hasn’t been dealt out like a deck of cards? Carnal knowledge. Personal, final, uncompromised. Knowing, being known. I revere that. Having that is being rich, you can be generous about what’s shared — she walks, she talks, she laughs, she lends a sympathetic ear, she kicks off her shoes and dances on the tables, she’s everybody’s and it don’t mean a thing, let them eat cake; knowledge is something else, the undealt card, and while it’s held it makes you free-and-easy and nice to know, and when it’s gone everything is pain. Every single thing. Every object that meets the eye, a pencil, a tangerine, a travel poster. As if the physical world has been wired up to pass a current back to the part of your brain where imagination glows like a filament in a lobe no bigger than a torch bulb. Pain.” via the always intriguing and lovely, BrainPickings.

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