A Collection of Nouns 1

-“I was thinking about environmental destruction as part of a system that destroys the individual and then that ripples out into the world. And Turing—at the end of his life, he wasn’t addressing destruction, he was addressing human life and the natural world. Cellular division or the numeric patterns in pinecones.” An Interview with Linda Bierds in The Rumpus.

-“Engaging creatively requires hitting the reset button, which means carving space in your day for lying around, meditating, or staring off into nothing. This is impossible when every free moment—at work, in line, at a red light—you’re reaching for your phone. Your brain’s attentional system becomes accustomed to constant stimulation; you grow antsy and irritable when you don’t have that input.” On being busy, distracted, and losing our creativity.

            cross the ice to hear the world
open. The moon, a ghost-

eye at the bottom of a fishing hole.
There is so much you wanted
from this life. Gone,

in a stroke of winter.
Let the water remember.
Let any war refuse you shelter.”

Three poems by Chelsea Dingman in The Rumpus.

-“Nothing seems as important as these people we’ve committed our lives to caring about. Nothing seems as important as language that lets us live through their absence.” Chelsea Dingman on losing, loving, motherhood, humanhood, and the way we carry on over at Palette Poetry, but in prose. 

-“Go to primary sources and go to the great works to learn technique.” Lydia Davis recommendations for good writing habits. My always favorite: read, but she has more. 

-“Ever seen a wobbly bird flying haphazardly, looking like it’s drunk? Well, it probably is. First frosts cause remaining berries and tree fruit to ferment. Hungry birds prepping for winter binge on the boozy buffet. The result? Inebriated birds that can’t fly straight.” Drunk birds. 

-“The word “home,” ensnared with thorns.
Gored by. A resident ache in the back

of my mouth. At any moment a shock
from teeth to the skull to say it.”

Two poems by Oliver de la Paz.

-“a study published in The Astrophysical Journal in October found that hundreds of galaxies were rotating in sync with the motions of galaxies that were tens of millions of light years away.” Galaxies move together in unexplained patterns, perhaps they are connected the way kindergartners in a line hold hands?

-Explore tenderness.

The surprising and delightful artwork of Olan Ventura. (Featured on the cover image of this post.)